Good Spirits are made by distillers committed to their craft, making responsible choices at every step of the process. Spirits that meet the Good Food Guild standards will be able to trace all of their ingredients, from base distillate to added ingredients, without the use of genetically modified crops and without artificial additives.
The Good Food Guild relies on the expertise of the spirits community to develop, revise and set standards for the category. As ingredient sourcing and distillation techniques evolve, so do our standards. Read on to learn what those standards are and meet the spirits crafters of the Good Food Guild.
In order to join the Good Food Guild, spirits companies must meet the following standards for at least 50% of their product line:
- Made in the USA or US territories.
- Utilize ingredients that are grown and sourced responsibly, with awareness of origin, seasonality, trade and labor practices.
- If the primary ingredient is a fruit, it is sourced domestically where possible, and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers. Where a grain is the primary ingredient there is a strong effort made to use ingredients free of these inputs wherever possible.
- Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- Distilled without genetically modified ingredients, including the use of GM corn to produce grain neutral spirits.
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, oriented toward growing their business in harmony with a better food system.
*We will consider IPM practices for certain fruits on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that modifiers such as bitters, shrubs, syrups, tinctures, concentrates, drinking vinegars and flavor extracts should be entered into the Elixirs category.