Vodka has been around for roughly 1,200 years, give or take a century, and for most of that time it’s producers have been decidedly not American— mainly Russians, Pols and Swedes. Given that vodka is the most oft-quaffed spirit in the U.S., it was only a matter of time before some industrious stateside distillers decided to muscle in on the colorless/odorless/flavorless liquor action. I mean, Sweden? Seriously? C’mon! America’s not taking a backseat to the same people who make SAABs! And Poland? If it takes four Polish guys just to screw in a lightbulb, imagine how many are needed to produce a bottle of vodka. (According to Siri, it takes half a Polish guy).
Over the past decade, the success enjoyed by U.S.-based vodka brands such as SKYY, Tito’s and Hangar 1 set the stage for what is now a full-blown vod-splosion in this country. Chances are you haven’t sampled the wares of many small batch producers. Oh, but I have. I’ve sampled artisinal vodka all over this country my friends. Because the only thing I love more than my country, is getting blotto in my country. So America, this buzz is for you.
I know what you’re thinking—Medoyeff sounds vaguely...foreign. But Medoyeff is made in Portland, Oregon (or so they say—I’ve yet to see any official documentation) by the Bull Run Distilling Company. It’s grain-based and trickle filtrated, which sounds a lot more fun than it probably is. The water used during distillation comes from Bull Run Lake and is said to be the purest in America. That flawless H2o is the key to Medoyeff’s rich mouthfeel and crisp minerality. SRP: $28. bullrundistillery.com