In a world where it seems like more and more giant corporations are buying up every distillery and brewery, it feels good to know that there are still small, private distilleries out there doing things the right way.
And many of them are not just making their own spirits, but are also growing the ingredients on-site (or sourcing them from nearby farms). You’ve probably heard about farm-to-table restaurants, where every ingredient is sourced locally, but have you ever heard of a farm-to-bottle spirit? These are just a few of the countless distilleries striving to utilize local produce and ingredients to create amazing spirits.
There’s a reason this spirit is called Simple Vodka. That’s because it’s made from only locally sourced Idaho potatoes and water from the Snake River Aquifer. That’s it. No need for fancy adjuncts, chemicals, or ingredients here. Plus, you can feel good drinking this vodka: For every bottle sold, the company donates 20 meals to people in need. So on top of sipping on some high-quality vodka, you can feel happy knowing that you’re putting a warm meal in someone’s belly.
Myer Farm Distillers
Situated in the middle of wine country in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Myer Farm Distillers uses International Certification Services-certified organic grain and other ingredients from its own farm to craft various flavored vodkas, whiskies, and botanical spirits. This distillery is proud to plant, grow, and use everything it needs to create its award-winning spirits.
You might not realize this, but Louisiana is one of the largest producers of sugar cane in the world. A few years ago, the idea was formed to build a rum distillery to utilize the locally grown sugar cane. Why wasn’t this thought of before, you might ask? Who knows? But in 2013, the Bayou Rum Distillery opened, and today is the largest privately owned distillery in the country, making four different rums: Silver, Satsuma (using locally sourced Satsuma orange juice), Spiced, and Select.
Sweet potatoes are not easy to grow, but that doesn’t stop Corbin Cash from growing its own sweet potatoes in the San Joaquin Valley in California and using them to make its own farm-to-bottle spirits. It takes more than ten pounds of sweet potatoes to make just one bottle of sweet potato vodka or sweet potato liqueur. The distillery also makes dry gin, rye whiskey, and blended whiskey, and all the water used in the distillation process is recycled back into the farm for irrigation.
Produced in Tequila, Mexico, Casa Noble is one of the most awarded, well-known tequila brands in the world. Founder Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo strives to keep his brand farm-to-bottle by having every blue agave plant handpicked in both Nayarit and Jalisco. He’s also an innovator and always working on some new, interesting offering.