Dry Fly Distilling, Woody Creek Distillers, Pinckney Bend Distillery and Young State America also winners
Vodka dates back as early as the eighth or ninth centuries, when it was being distilled in Russia and Poland. Since then, it has become one of the world's most popular spirits, with distilleries competing for the smoothest, clearest and oftentimes most flavorless rendition. Not so anymore.
Modern American craft distilleries have begun to recognize the spirit's potential by making it with high-quality ingredients (not just potatoes either) and minimal distillation, allowing the natural flavors to shine through. Flavor differences are still subtle, making variations in texture and mouth-feel equally important.
We asked a panel of American spirits experts to nominate 20 of the best craft vodka distilleries in the USA, and then we tasked our readers with voting for their favorites. Many of these Readers' Choice-winning distilleries work in small batches using locally-sourced ingredients. Many are family-owned. Many painstakingly distill their spirits using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. All take pride in crafting unique vodkas worthy of sipping as well as mixing.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Vodka Distillery are as follows:
- St. Louis Distillery - St. Louis
- Dry Fly Distilling - Spokane, Wash.
- Woody Creek Distillers - Basalt, Colo.
- Pinckney Bend Distillery - New Haven, Mo.
- Young State America - Los Angeles
- Caledonia Spirits - Hardwick, Vt.
- Mastermind Vodka - Pontoon Beach, Ill.
- Union Horse Distilling Co. - Lenexa, Kan.
- Journeyman Distillery - Three Oaks, Mich.
- Crater Lake Spirits - Bend, Ore.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Emily Arden Wells (Gastronomista), Brian Christensen (Artisan Spirit Magazine), Derek Gamlin (Sub Zero Vodka Bar), Laura Johnson (Distillerista) and Arthur Shapiro (Booze Business) were chosen based on their expertise in the American craft vodka industry.
Other craft vodka distilleries nominated in this category include The 86 Co., Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Death's Door Spirits, Hanson of Sonoma, High West Distillery, Industry City Distillery, J. Rieger & Co., Leopold Bros., Square One Brewery and Distillery and St. George Spirits.
Congratulations to all our winning craft vodka distilleries!
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