Muddy River Distillery Named USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Best Craft Rum Distillery

Muddy River Distillery ranked 2nd among U.S. Craft Rum Distilleries.

Belmont, NC, September 28, 2020 --( Muddy River Distillery is ranked as one of the Top 10 Craft Rum Distilleries for 2020 in United States. A panel of spirits experts selected 20 nominees, and the winners were determined by popular vote in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest. This is the first year that Muddy River Distillery was nominated and they shocked the rum industry by taking 2nd place.

Muddy River Distillery is honored to be recognized by industry leaders and rum experts for making excellent craft rum, and grateful to all the rum fans that voted. Owner & Head Distiller Robbie Delaney says the Muddy River team is thrilled to receive this honor and incredibly proud to make hand-crafted small-batch rum in the Carolinas. “We are excited to be the only rum distillery in the Carolinas to earn this prestigious recognition and grateful for the support that we receive from the local Belmont and Charlotte community and across the Carolinas,” says Delaney. “We are in good company with our fellow craft rum producers, and congratulate everyone that made this year’s list.”

2020 USAToday Best Craft Rum Distillery winners:

Lyon Distilling Company – St. Michaels, MD

Muddy River Distillery – Belmont, NC

Wicked Dolphin – Cape Coral, FL

Arizona Craft Beverage – Elgin, AZ

Three Roll Estate – Baton Rouge, LA

Seven Caves Spirits – San Diego, CA

Koloa Rum Company – Lihue, HI

KoHana Distillers – Kunia Camp, HI

Richland Distilling Company – Brunswick, GA

Smoky Quartz Distillery – Seabrook, NH

The full list of distilleries and announcement can also be found at:

About Muddy River Distillery
Muddy River Distillery makes the best rum you’ve ever tasted by using premium ingredients, handcrafted recipes, and custom-built stills. Founded on the banks of the Catawba River in Belmont, NC, Muddy River Distillery is the state’s oldest legal rum distillery. Muddy River produces Carolina Rum in four flavors, Silver, Spiced, Coconut and Basil. They also produce the premium Queen’s Charlotte Reserve Carolina Rum and Queen’s Charlotte Reserve Single Barrel 4 Year Carolina Rum.

About USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
The 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards contest launches new categories every two weeks revealing each category’s 20 nominees. After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closes and winners are revealed. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

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Robbie Delaney, Co-Owner of Muddy River Distillery
Muddy River Distillery
1500 River Dr. #100
Belmont, NC 28012