The Mob Museum was recognized with two awards during the month of February: its second Mayor’s Urban Design Award in the Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse category, this time for The Underground Prohibition history exhibition in the Museum’s basement; and a Double Gold medal for The Underground Moonshine from “The Fifty Best.”
In 2006, then-Mayor Oscar B. Goodman created the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (MUDAs) to promote and encourage premium urban design principles. The Historic Preservation Adaptive Reuse category includes buildings that are over 50 years old, have been preserved and rehabilitated for adaptive reuse, or have incorporated green energy technology. Priority is given to the entries and projects that have retained as much of the significant historic fabric as possible.
“The Fifty Best” recently hosted a moonshine tasting where entries were evaluated using professional criteria, and a panel of judges blind-tasted the American unaged white whiskeys. After tallying scores of the contestants, medals were awarded to highest scoring contenders based on the judges’ critique. The Underground Moonshine’s Double Gold award was the highest recognition granted in this year’s tasting. “The Fifty Best” is a digital guide to wines and spirits, featuring rated listings from proprietary blind tastings judged by wine and spirits journalists, spirits professionals, wine and spirit retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. “The Fifty Best” achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.