Portland Potato Vodka and Eastside Receive Craft Spirit Accolades

Eastside Distilling, Inc.

Portland Potato Vodka and Eastside Receive Craft Spirit Accolades

Monday, June 26, 2017 12:00 PM

92 Rating by The Tasting Panel Magazine and "Best in Category" at Los Angeles International Spirit Competition

PORTLAND, OR / ACCESSWIRE / June 26, 2017 / Eastside Distilling, Inc. (OTCQB: ESDI) (OTCQB: ESDID) ("Eastside" or the "Company"), a producer of award-winning craft spirits, announced today that the Company's Portland Potato Vodka has received accolades in multiple recent spirits industry reviews and competitions. Eastside, itself, was featured as a regional trendsetter in an article appearing in The Tasting Panel Magazine, the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry.

At the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition (LAISC), Eastside's Portland Potato Vodka was awarded the "Best in Category" for potato vodkas, a gold medal and a 91 rating. Since introducing a spirits category in 2007, the LAISC has set the standard for judging distilled beverages. Each year an esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method to award medals to the best spirits from around the world, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism set 77 years ago by its partner wine competition.

In another accolade that ranked Portland Potato ahead of higher priced vodkas, Blue Lifestyle, an online branch of The Tasting Panel magazine, assigned a 92 rating. The review was authored by Anthony Dias Blue, who is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on spirits. Mr. Dias Blue is the recipient of a 2001 James Beard Foundation Award and his work in various media is circulated to more than 30 million global consumers each month. His review in The Tasting Panel described Portland Potato Vodka as "smooth and silky with vanilla and notes of earthiness; clean, mellow and balanced; long and creamy."

In addition to the recognition by the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition and Mr. Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel also featured Eastside Distilling in its June 2017 publication titled, "By Leaps and Bounds: Eastside Distilling Finds Great Success and Growth in Portland and Beyond." The article focuses on Eastside, and the Company's influence as the "go-to" spirit within many of Oregon and Washington's most successful bars and restaurants, such as Seattle's Canon, (recently ranked No. 6 on a list of World's Best 50 Bars) which pours Burnside Bourbon.

Mel Heim, Eastside Distilling's EVP Operations, said, "It is gratifying to have Anthony Dias Blue and The Tasting Panel, a highly-respected industry publication, recognize the complexity of flavor and the value that our Portland Potato Vodka represents. Likewise, our 'Best in Category' award at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, a blind-tasting competition, is unbiased appreciation of our take on vodka. Our distilling team members, including Big Bottom's Travis Schoney, are proud of the over 40 medals and awards our spirits have won. Finally, we appreciate our recognition as a company in being featured in a lead article in the The Tasting Panel magazine."

The Tasting Panel Magazine is the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry, reaching an audience of thousands of key decision-makers every month and growing on an international scale. Anthony Dias Blue is Editor-in-Chief and collaborates with longtime wine and spirits Publisher and Editorial Director Meridith May. With their expertise, experience and esteem, they collectively have their finger on the pulse of the beverage industry, making for one of the most informative and cutting edge publications focusing on beverages, the beverage trade and the people that drive the industry.

About Eastside Distilling

Eastside Distilling, Inc. (OTCQB: ESDI) is located in Southeast Portland's Distillery Row, and has been producing high-quality, master crafted spirits since 2008. Makers of award winning spirits, the company is unique in the marketplace and distinguished by its highly decorated product lineup that includes Barrel Hitch American Whiskies, Burnside Bourbon, Below Deck Rums, Portland Potato Vodka, and a distinctive line of infused whiskeys. All Eastside spirits are master crafted from natural ingredients for unparalleled quality and taste. The company is publicly traded under the symbol OTCQB: ESDI. For more information, visit: www.eastsidedistilling.com, or follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.

Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release may be forward-looking statements. Such matters involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the following: changes in economic conditions; general competitive factors; acceptance of the Company's products in the market; the Company's success in obtaining new customers; the Company's success in product development; the Company's ability to execute its business model and strategic plans; the Company's success in integrating acquired entities and assets, and all the risks and related information described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the financial statements and related information contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and interim Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Examples of forward-looking statements in this release may include statements related to our strategic focus, product verticals, anticipated revenue, and profitability. The Company assumes no obligation to update the cautionary information in this release.

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