One Small sip for man, One giant leap for local liquor.

March 30, 2009

Last weekend, Mr. LS and I hopped the Amtrak to California, where we spent a few dulcet days with this wild and crazy guy. The day we arrived, we headed to the Hangar One distillery in Alameda for an afternoon tour and tasting. Here are my kind drinking buddies admiring the special stills:

I’ll give you the straight story, here: if you live in the Bay Area, your alcohol cupboard should be stocked with Hangar One vodka. None of this Smirnoff or Absolut. Local liquor is a treasure, especially when it is as well-balanced and beautiful as are the vodkas poduced by Hangar One — and its sister company, St. George Spirits, which makes fancypants brandies and such.

Basically, I’m asking you to drink Small by supporting your local distillery. Beyond beers, we Seattleites don’t have much in the way of Pacific Northwest alcohols (aside from Aviation Gin, of course). I therefore envy you, San Franciscans and Berserklites and Oaklanders. Now, go forth and drink from the bountiful wells at Hangar One. You’ll thank me, I promise.

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8 Responses to “One Small sip for man, One giant leap for local liquor.”

  1. Justin The (wild an crazy) Man said

    My favorite (if you can find it): Hangar 1 Chipotle Vodka! What a treat…

  2. Ditto. We dipped into our coveted bottle on Sunday. OMG, omg.

  3. The Choir said

    Yah, and the Mandarin orange version was pretty Anita-Bryantfully wonderful.

  4. Couldn’t agree more. Not only does localism usually mean better tasting, higher quality products, we’re convinced that small businesses and the inginuity of small business owners that for decades have made this nation great will be the key to pulling us out of this recession.

  5. Good observations, you two. Go local businesses!

  6. Jackie Parker said

    Dryfly is a Spokane distillery that makes vodka, gin, and whiskey. It’s quite good and available here in Seattle. Give it a try – it’s the only kind of gin I’ll buy these days. All of their ingrediants come from family-run WA farms.

    (Liz G. Told me about your blog – love it!)

  7. Thanks, Jackie. I think my hubby brought home some Dryfly gin recently; we haven’t tried the vodka or whiskey, though. Thanks for the recommendation!

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