Welcome to the first-ever Spirited magazine BEST Of Reader Poll results. After more than two years chronicling the intersections of the alcohol beverage industry, we wanted to hear directly from our readers.

Starting in January 2019, we placed a survey on our website and asked readers to tell us what they thought. We promoted the poll through email blasts, on the Spirited Facebook page and website, and in the magazine. To make sure the playing field was level, we used write-in ballots instead of drop-downs.

Several themes emerged among all of the winners. Readers chose businesses that offered personalized service that felt more like partnerships than transactions, businesses that consistently generated new and novel ideas, and organizations that offered something different than the competition. Individual, innovative services, provided with thoughtfulness and care: It doesn’t seem like rocket science, yet it’s something business owners struggle with.

Thanks to all who participated in the vote. We’ll do it again next year, so be on the lookout!

—Alexandra Russell, Editor-in-Chief

Free Flow Wines

Best Bottle Supplier

Best Alternate Closures

Gamer Packaging


Best Keg Provider

FreeFlow Wines


Best Winemaking Supplies

White Labs

White Labs


Best Insurance Company

Malloy Imrie & Vasconi Insurance Svc. LLC


Best Branding/Design Company

High-Proof Creative


Sokol Blosser Winery

Best Winery Tasting Room or Tour

Sokol Blosser Winery


Best Corks Supplier

MA Silva USA


Best Legal Services/Law Firm


Sunridge Nursery

Farella Braun & Martel


Best Nursery

Sunridge Nurseries


Best Compliance Specialist


BSG Hops Facility


Best Brewing Supplies

Best Distilling Supplies



Best Brewery Tasting Room or Tour

Red Oak Brewery

Carlsen & Associates’ NDP40 Air Pump with “flip” feature

Best Financial Services

Live Oak Bank


Best Laboratory Services

Scott Laboratories


Best Machines and Equipment Supplier

Carlsen & Assoc.


Nadalié USA

Best Labels Supplier

MCC Labels


Best Barrels

Best Barrel Alternatives

Nadalié USA


Best Tank Supplier

Quality Stainless Tanks

Vendome Copper & Brass Works

Best Stillmaker

Vendome Copper & Brass Works


Best Flavor Developer

Mother Murphy’s


Best Cidery Tasting Room or Tour

Portland Cider Co.

Portland Cider Co.


Best Distillery Tasting Room or Tour

Eastside Distilling