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Who will win the #HotCraftSpirits crown in 2017?

Image of craft spirits as part of Hot Craft Spirits Twitter campaign #HotCraftSpirits.

#HotCraftSpirits is the UK’s first Twitter powered contest to find the UK’s favourite craft spirits. Last year saw Jelley’s Vodka beat Mason’s Yorkshire Gin to take the title with over 20,000 votes cast.

Who’ll take the #HotCraftSpirits crown in 2017?

#HotCraftSpirits is here to help people discover exciting new drinks and to share their discoveries. It’s also about helping small distillers tell their stories.

Over the last few years there’s been a revolution in the drinks industry. Talented distillers are experimenting with ingredients, recipes and styles. And people are using these first class ingredients to make amazing drinks in pubs, bars or at home.

Whether it’s gin, rum, vodka, whisky or any other liqueur we want to celebrate everything that’s great about the craft spirits scene.

So get voting and help us create 2017’s ultimate list of the UK’s favourite craft spirits.

Our sponsors


#HotCraftSpirits has partnered with 31DOVER.com, the UK’s leading online drinks retailer. So as well as voting for your favourite craft spirit, you can purchase it online and have it delivered directly to your door – for as soon as tomorrow, if you like. Or, why not sample one of the other great brands on the leaderboard and discover something new.

Distillers: brands who finish in the top 10 will gain a listing with 31Dover.com so get your fans voting now!

Logo of Hot Craft Spirits sponsor 31DOVER.com

The Spirit Show

This year we’ve teamed up with the Spirit Show which takes place in London on 1st & 2nd December 2017 in London. Last year Thousands of visitors had the unique opportunity to sample over 200 of the world’s finest spirits covering everything from artisan vodka, craft whisky, micro distillery gin & small batch rum.

As part of our deal one lucky distiller will win a free stand at this event. Terms apply.


The #HotCraftSpirits Team

#HotCraftSpirits is the brainchild of business partners Lucy and Jason who spent far too much time sampling beers, wines and of course spirits at bars and trade shows as part of their day job running social media agency Clarity Comms.


How do I vote?

Just tweet using #HotCraftSpirits and tagging the spirit you want to nominate. If they’re not on Twitter simply put the name of the brand in the tweet. We’ll be tracking these and will tally up the votes. Instagram users can also vote using #HotCraftSpirits & tagging the distiller’s Instagram account.

How many times can I vote?

You can vote for as many different drinks as you want but can only vote once for any one brand or spirit. We reserve the right to remove multiple entries. Any use of spambots is forbidden. Entries made via these automated systems will be blocked and removed.

What do you mean by craft spirits?

It’s a crap word but basically we mean any small, local, independently-owned producers of gin, vodka, rum, whisky, liqueur or any other spirit. We don’t mean to offend but votes for Gordon, Smirnoff, Hendricks, Absolut, etc won’t be counted. #HotCraftSpirits is for the small, independent producers.

We’re not saying this is the final word on what is, and what isn’t craft. However, we feel it’s suitable for the purposes we’ve set: to celebrate the plethora of new producers that have entered the market in last 10 years. 

Can pubs and bars take part?

Yes. We want anyone who loves these drinks to vote and support the industry. If you’re a bar manager please vote for your choices and get your customers voting too. 

I’m a distiller. Can we vote for our brands?

Come on. Really? We encourage you to get involved and get your social fans voting for you. We also want to hear from you. Distilleries who register can download nomination badges to use on your website and social channels. You can claim your distillery here.

Is the leaderboard updated in real time?

No. It typically takes 6 – 8 hours for the system to cycle through the list and to pull in newer votes. 

When will the results be published?

Voting will open on Thursday 27th April 2017 run until Sunday 11th June 2017 (11:59). The final results will be published on Thursday 15th June 2017.

Can I vote for overseas drinks?

Yes. If there’s a great spirit you think people should know about then please vote for it.  When you’ve done that, get your mates to vote too!

What if my favourite spirit isn’t on Twitter or Instagram?

Vote. Then tell the distiller to their act together and to get tweeting!