Alberta Pure Vodka wins Double Gold at 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Fourth SFWSC award brings international acclaim to Canadian-made vodka, distilled in Calgary, Alberta for over 70 years

TORONTO, July 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Alberta Pure Vodka, the number one overall standard vodka brand in Canada, was awarded a double gold medal for quality and taste at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Alberta Pure Vodka is no stranger to bringing home gold from the SFWSC. It won gold medals in 2010 and 2013 and double gold in 2011, making 2016 double gold its fourth big win at the annual competition.

"Winning double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition proves that Alberta Pure Vodka continues to be recognized as one of the best vodkas in the world," says Deepti Gurkar, Senior Brand Manager, Beam Suntory. "Our success [on Alberta Pure Vodka] is driven by our quality, approachable price and beloved Canadian personality. Pure and proudly Canadian, Alberta Pure Vodka is made for enjoying the simple, pure pleasures of our Canadian landscape."

Alberta Pure Vodka defines itself as pure and simple. Long a source of local pride, Alberta Pure has been produced in Calgary, Alberta for more than 70 years by Alberta Distillers Ltd., the oldest distillery in Western Canada. It is made with pure glacier-born Rocky Mountain water and Canadian Prairie grain and triple-distilled for its distinctive smoothness, purity and clarity. Alberta Pure Vodka is the third most consumed vodka in Canada.

"This global award is an honour that makes Canadians, especially Albertans, proud to craft and produce such a quality Vodka," says Gurkar. "It also reinforces for us that our focus on purity, quality and taste is the best route to helping ensure Canadian spirits, like Alberta Pure Vodka, can continue to receive accolades on the world spirits stage."

Alberta Pure Vodka is available across Canada. Alberta Pure Vodka is bottled at 40% abv. Approximate MSRP is $26.95 / 750 mL bottle, but will vary by province. Check your local liquor store for up-to-date pricing and availability.

About San Francisco World Spirits Competition®
Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition® is America's most respected and influential international spirits event. Products are evaluated in a blind, consensual procedure ensuring the SFWSC maintains its reputation for the highest level of integrity. Winning participants receive the awards of double gold, gold, silver or bronze, marking their product as one of the highest quality in the world.

About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka and Midori liqueur. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

SOURCE Beam Suntory Inc.

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