A Vodka from Alaska
Worth Noting . . . Where It’s Made
by Andrew Johnson
my vacation to beautiful Alaska, I spent several days in the
charming city of Anchorage. While there, I decided to go with
my wife and daughter to a relatively new distillery where
the vodka is made using the ten thousand year old water from
glaciers . The Anchorage Distillery was indeed a fascinating
experience. Taking us through the tour of the facilities was
Scott Lindquest, the person in charge of the distillery’s
operation. This man was originally a fisherman and now is
an ice harvester. He goes by boat to floating glaciers and
gets ice chunks that are used for the manufacture of the liquor.
Cordial, informative, and a pleasure to listen to, he is very
enthusiastic and proud of the products this distillery uses
with all the ingredients 100% Alaskan. Please note that tours
are usually given only at 6pm so make reservations early.
Also Anchorage has anti-make-your-own-Alcohol laws: so, you
can only have two drinks here
Our hostess was cordial and friendly, and very knowledgeable
about all the distillery’s products. I tasted three
of the vodkas made.
The Party Room at Anchorage
first was Glacier Melt made from 100% barley, quite good and
comparable to some of the fine vodkas I’ve had.
The second, Benefactor Vodka, using only local matanuska wheat,
has on the bottle a pink ribbon etched in the glass: all sales
profits donated to Alaskan charities supporting those affected
by cancer. Bravo!
The third labeled Ghost Pepper Vodka had the steam come out
of my ears with the hot spices used in its manufacture. This
one is good for a Bloody Mary when one wants the ultimate
in strength. My favorite was the grain-cancer donation vodka
for its ever fine taste and smoothness.
Scott Lindquist in one of the distillery
Lindquest actually gave us a piece of the glacier he had recently
harvested to take back to the hotel to taste what pure water
frozen those many years tastes like. The trip to this distillery
was most satisfying bestowing knowledge about these particular
products I had never known.
As stated on papers given to me: “Anchorage Distillery
is a true craft distillery with award winning spirits located
right here in the heart of Alaska’s biggest city. In
an industry where it’s ok to keep ingredients hidden,
we prefer transparency. Using 100% locally sourced grains
and some of the purist water in the world, you will surely
taste the superiority that comes from all natural ingredients.
The Bavarian tanks and Arnold Holstein stills make us one
of the largest facilities on the West Coast. A visit to this
distillery lets one see the grain to bottle process.”
The main distillery in operation.
distillery also makes flavored vodkas in addition to Aurora
Borealis Gin and Arctic Ice Moonshine Whiskey.
There is a tasting room on the premises for weekly tours with
the space rented out at other times.
Truly, the Anchorage Distillery was something different to
see in the vast panorama Alaska has to behold.
The many varieties of vodka produced
by Anchorage Distillery.
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