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Best Craft Vodka Distillery (2021)

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Russia and Poland were distilling vodka as early as the 8th or 9th centuries. Since those early days, it has become one of the world's most popular spirits, thanks in large part to its versatility in mixing. But vodka doesn't just belong in cocktails; while some distilleries compete to create the smoothest, clearest and sometimes most flavorless variation, others are embracing vodka by making it with local, high-quality ingredients (including potatoes, wheat, corn and even grapes) with minimal distillation to allow the natural flavors to shine. 

  • South Fork Vodka

    South Fork Vodka
    Grass Valley, California

    South Fork Vodka is a six-time distilled spirit that is 100-percent gluten-free and non-GMO. It has already become one of the most awarded vodkas in Northern California.
    Photo courtesy of South Fork Vodka

  • 619 Spirits

    619 Spirits
    San Diego

    San Diego’s first urban craft distillery makes Six One Nine Vodka from the city’s North Park neighborhood. The spirit is distilled entirely from cane sugar for a clean, smooth texture that’s naturally gluten free.
    Photo courtesy of 619 Spirits

  • Spring44

    Spring44
    Loveland, Colorado

    This slightly sweet, creamy vodka from Spring44 is made from pure, unaltered Colorado Rocky Mountain spring water collected at an altitude of 9,000 feet. Spring44 also distills a vodka from locally sourced honey.
    Photo courtesy of Spring44

  • Ocean Vodka

    Ocean Vodka
    Maui, HI

    OCEAN Organic Vodka began as an idea from a newspaper article about a Hawaiian natural resource – desalinated deep ocean mineral water drawn from 3000 feet below the Kona Coast. Combined with organic sugar cane, these quality ingredients are refined and blended into what some describe as a “premium organic vodka with a little more spirit.”
    Photo courtesy of Ocean Vodka

  • Wild Roots Spirits

    Wild Roots Spirits
    Portland, OR

    Each bottle of Wild Roots Vodka begins with unspoiled water, American-grown corn, and a pound of genuine fruit from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Food and Drink writer Eric Grossman shared, “I can taste the Pacific Northwest anytime I like by sipping on Wild Roots’ naturally-flavored vodkas made with marionberry, raspberry, huckleberry, and more.”
    Photo courtesy of Wildroots

  • Smugglers' Notch Distillery

    Smugglers' Notch Distillery
    Jeffersonville, Vermont

    Smugglers’ Notch Vodka is made from Idaho-grown grains and water from the Mount Mansfield watershed of Northern Vermont. The grain wash gets distilled in a four-column still and passed through a multi-stage filtration process for a smooth vodka with just a hint of sweetness. Smugglers’ Notch Distillery also makes an organic gluten-free vodka made from corn.
    Photo courtesy of Smugglers' Notch Distillery

  • McClintock Distilling

    McClintock Distilling
    Frederick, Maryland

    Epiphany Organic Vodka from McClintock Distilling in Maryland begins its journey from grain to bottle as organic, non-GMO white wheat. The spirit is double-distilled through an 18-plate column still, then triple-filtered for a clean and smooth finish with notes of butter and wheat.
    Photo courtesy of McClintock Distilling

  • Vermont Spirits Distilling Co.

    Vermont Spirits Distilling Co.
    Quechee, Vt.

    Vermont Spirits works to craft their products with the mission of sharing the “Spirit of Vermont” across the United States in an operation striving to become environmentally carbon-negative. Their Vermont Gold vodka is batch-distilled from the sap of maple trees, then lightly filtered, so the unique quality of the maple fermentation shines through in the finished product.
    Photo courtesy of Vermont Spirits Distilling Co.

  • Middle West Spirits

    Middle West Spirits
    Columbus, Ohio

    OYO Vodka from Middle West Spirits in Columbus is made from Ohio-grown red winter wheat. The unfiltered vodka has a rich aroma and whiskey-like quality, perfect for sipping. The distillery also makes Honey Vanilla Bean, Barrel-Finished Honey Vanilla Bean and Stone Fruit versions.
    Photo courtesy of Middle West Spirits

  • Barr Hill

    Barr Hill
    Montpelier, Vermont

    Caledonia Spirits’ Barr Hill Vodka began its story in 2011 with a beekeeper and distiller working together in northeast Vermont. Now distilled in Montpelier, this product is made entirely from raw honey – the life’s work of 893 honey bees in each 750mL bottle. The distillery’s heating and distilling techniques deliver the richness of nectar and wildflower fields into each glass of their unique vodka.
    Photo courtesy of Caledonia Spirits / Barr Hill

The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Vodka Distillery are as follows:

  1. South Fork Vodka - Grass Valley, California
  2. 619 Spirits - San Diego
  3. Spring44 - Loveland, Colorado
  4. Ocean Vodka - Maui, HI
  5. Wild Roots Spirits - Portland, OR
  6. Smugglers' Notch Distillery - Jeffersonville, Vermont
  7. McClintock Distilling - Frederick, Maryland
  8. Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. - Quechee, Vt.
  9. Middle West Spirits - Columbus, Ohio
  10. Barr Hill - Montpelier, Vermont

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning distilleries!

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