Pat Couteaux (pictured), master distiller for one such venture, SHAKERS Vodka, and one of the original forces behind Pete’s Wicked Ale, compares today’s microdistillery boom to the microbrewery boom of the 1990s. “Just as microbreweries showed that the U.S. could produce great beer, microdistilleries are proving that America can make great vodka.” And many other spirits too.
Seth Fox, whose High Plains Distillery also produces the hip-in-Hollywood Haute Vodka (it’s been poured at pre-Oscar parties as well as at parties at the Sundance Film Festival), says “you can get a wide variation of taste from microdistilleries because each one has a different way of doing things, much like a winery. This makes it very exciting for people that are looking for the next unique taste for spirits.”
FOR A TASTE OF GREAT AMERICAN-MADE ARTISANAL LIQUOR, TRY ONE OF THESE SMALL-BATCH SPIRITS.
SHAKERS VODKAThe unique martini-shaker-shaped bottle holds vodka that’s been distilled six times through a continuous distillation process. shakersvodka.com
HAUTE VODKAHip Haute is created with a blend of American corn and grain and pure spring water by a seventh-generation, award-winning master distiller. hautevodka.com
MCCARTHY’S OREGON SINGLE MALT WHISKEYMade from peat-malted barley brought in from Scotland, this smooth whiskey has a surprisingly clean finish. clearcreekdistillery.com
FOX VODKA AND MOST WANTED VODKAKansas-grown wheat imparts mild hints of praline, buttercream, and eggnog on Fox Vodka, while Most Wanted has a snappy, peppery fade. foxvodka.com