These Seriously Local Vodkas Taste Like All Kinds of America

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August is Vodkaaaah month. You know you want it.

Thanks to the boom in craft distilleries, it seems like every U.S. state makes a vodka now—all the way from Hawaii to New Hampshire. The list below isn’t meant to be comprehensive, but it highlights a handful of American-made vodkas worth finding. They’re the kind of bottles a locavore can’t help but get excited to pour.

 1. Brandon’s Vodka ($19)

Made In: Little Rock, Arkansas
Distilled from Arkansas soft red winter wheat, look for a sweet, cookie dough–like quality and brisk alcohol bite.

2. Hangar One Vodka ($32)

Made In: Alameda, California
Overall neutral and mild, with a touch of sweetness on the clean, crisp finish.

 3. Telluride Vodka ($20)

Made In: Lakewood, Colorado
This corn-based vodka is gentle and sweet, with a touch of vanilla on the finish.

4. Penn 1681 Vodka ($25)

Made In: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Made from rye, which explains the pleasant bite and spice on the finish, not unlike that of rye whiskey.

5. Smugglers’ Notch Distillery Vodka ($35)

Made In: Jeffersonville, Vermont
Clean and neutral, made from winter wheat and corn, and ideal for vodka purists.

 6. Copperworks Distilling Company Vodka ($34)

Made In: Seattle, Washington
Made from Washington state grain in copper stills, this small-batch vodka has plenty of character starting at the first sip.

7. Death’s Door Vodka ($33)

Made In: Madison, Wisconsin
Distilled from hard red-winter wheat, this vodka ranges toward the sweeter side, and is ideal for vodka-tonics and other cocktails.

Kara Newman is a New York–based spirits and cocktail writer, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books).

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  • jray1313 posted 2 years ago

    I'm a vodka person & liquor salesman, try Dash out of Brookshire TX. One of the best I've had, made with wheat & raisins, very smooth taste.

  • marisa.anne.stjohn.2c405ab posted 2 years ago

    Humboldt County, California's Dutch & Dewey Distillery ( produces small-batch, hand-crafted, and sustainably-made Farm Horse Vodka (described as a vodka for whiskey drinkers) and recently released a rich-flavored and locally made coffee liqueur (Old Town Eureka Coffee Liqueur).

  • wymouse.85ca42 posted 2 years ago

    Highwire Distillery and Striped Pig Distillery in Charleston, SC. Some really good vodka.

  • landryr66 posted 2 years ago

    Definitely recommend Oryza Vodka from Thibadoux, LA from Donnier-Peltier Distillery. Their vodka is amazing. Will look into checking the above out as well.

  • BDanner posted 2 years ago

    Covington Vodka out of Snow Hill, NC. Made from surplus Sweet Potatoes. Smooth, Creamy and a touch sweet, makes a great V& T or dry martini. $29

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