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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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