Awards & Press


Nominated and made shortlist for the WSET/IWSC ‘Future 50 Awards’ in 2019. Over 600 nominations for these awards.

Future 50

Strange Times, Stay Creative: Eccentric Cocktails. Category: WEIRD - 1st Place for photography w/ Polara Studio.

Vega Awards

People's Choice - Voted BEST BRANDING/DESIGN EXPERT by readers of Spirited magazine. Summer 2019.

Spirited magazine

FIRST PLACE - Hermes Creative Awards, 2020 for Interactive Media | Social Media | 136. Instagram

Hermes Creative Award

GOLD from Hermes Creative Awards 2020 for Print Media | Design | 52. Packaging/Label

Hermes Creative Awards

Founder Karen Locke was recognized on April 13, 2019 for her contributions to the spirits industry.  

Wine Whiskey and Women

GOLD - ASCOT Awards for Bottle Design 2022  | 1740. Logo | Liba Spirits

Ascot Awards

PLATINUM - ASCOT Awards 2022  | 1740. Logo Bottle Design | 1846. Modern Appearance

ASCOT Awards

People's Choice - Voted BEST BRANDING/DESIGN EXPERT by readers of Spirited magazine. Summer 2019.

Spirited magazine


Check out mentions in the press, plus contributions by our founder Karen Locke as a source for distilling and spirits coverage.

Founder Karen Locke was featured in a Q&A in Sip magazine, "Locke in Success with High-Proof Creative," December 2021.


Our founder Karen Locke was featured as a source in the article, "Our Favorite Women-Made Whiskeys," which was published by Outside magazine.

Outside Magazine

Beverage Master included us in their print February/March issue for Small-Batch Maps, along with other innovative tech for the industry.

Beverage Master

Founder, Karen Locke was the lead source for article from iPonder: "What it’s like for women who make liquor for a living"


Eater wrote about the software & movement we built in, ".. Database Helps People Find Women and Non-Binary Distillers Across the Country,"

Eater Portland


What are clients say about working with us.

We recently hired Karen to build a new web site for us. Karen started with a lot of thoughtful questions that helped her get a strong understanding of what we were looking for and what our aesthetic is. Karen offered wonderful suggestions and was open to our ideas throughout the process. Karen was very patient with us and our crazy schedules. We own two businesses and this is our busiest time of year but Karen kept us on track and completed the project on time and on-budget!

Amy Bohner, Alchemy Distillery

High-Proof was just what we needed when we launched our Hazelnut Bourbon Whiskey in Oregon. Karen was instrumental in setting up events, arranging social media influences and introducing us to potential clients. A bonus was that we found her creative writing skills exceptional and ended up hiring her to write our back labels for our Pecan infused and Pecan Barrel Strength bourbon whiskey which just hit shelves last month. I highly recommend Karen, the staff and services of High Proof Creative!

Gloria Z., Wicked Harvest

Karen, Ashley and the entire team at High-Proof Creative are amazing to work with. They are not only creative and strategic, but very adaptable, easy to work with, they demonstrate market competency, and listen. If you need to get things done, on budget, and on time, they are your go to agency. They've made our products and creative shine not only in competitions but more importantly with our customers.


I've been working with High-Proof for the past year on a vodka brand I'm starting and I've had an awesome experience with everyone there. Karen and her team have done an amazing job of designing my labels, website, promotional materials, social posts. They've provided consulting on a variety on strategic questions, helped me find better vendors and in the process have saved me thousands of dollars. I can't imagine this brand coming to life with anyone else. They've been a partner at every step.

Arthur R., Zakuska Vodka