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American-Made Artisanal Liquor: 6 to Try

Updated on December 11, 2011

Artisanal Liquors

States are relaxing their liquor-making laws and as a result, more small-batch distilleries are entering the market. Artisans are perfecting the craft and are now competing with the larger distilleries. (See link below for guide to American whiskeys)

Just as the micro-breweries popped up all through the 1990s and produced great beers (see link for new beers), the micro-distilleries are doing the same thing - and proving that Americans can make a quality liquor as well.

The appeal

One appeal is the local flavor. For example, the single malt whiskey from Oregon is aged in barrels made from air-dried Oregon oak. A vodka in Minnesota gets its wheat and rye from local farmers. And a vodka produced in Kansas uses grain from the heartland.

Additionally, just like wine produced in different wineries, the same applies to different micro-distilleries - there is a wide variety of tastes because each artisan is different.

The list of 6 American-made artisanal liquors made in small batches::

Vodka:

1 - Shakers Vodka - a vodka that is distilled six times through a continuous distillation process

2 - Haute Vodka - a blend of American grain and corn and pure spring water

3 - Fox Vodka - Kansas grown wheat with hints of buttercream, praline and eggnog

4 - Most Wanted Vodka - has a peppery fade

Single Malt Whiskey:

5 - McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey - a smooth whiskey made with peat-malted barley from Scotland

Gin:

6 - Bluecoat American Dry Gin - distilled in a custom-built, hand-hammered copper pot still, and made with organic juniper berries

Enjoy!

See link below for a wide range of beverages - and how about a really unusual movie to enjoy while you sip? See the other link.

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      Charm Baker 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great article. I wonder does the same standards apply for other types of liquor, like cognac. You know Ludacris has his own label now.

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you BK, for you very infomative and insightful hub on artisan liquor. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Good hub though I don't drink hard liquor. I do like wines, particularly wines from local vineyards. So perhaps for your next hub you'll do one on wines? I do know NY produces some pretty good ones. Lynda

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for the comments. Like everything - there is the product, but then there is the quality product. I want the best for my money!

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Hmmm I know the craft beers are great and I hope for the same with these artisanal liquors. If I'm going to bother to drink - why not look for quality.

      Interesting hub - thank you and rated up!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      I sampled a vodka at a "New Product" show here in Hawaii a while back. I don't know if it was an "artisanal" vodka, but it was the purest, most delicious vodka I'd ever tasted, and I'm not one to drink vodka straight. I think it had lime or orange zest added. It was Japanese.

      Good information, BKCreative! Rated up!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Interesting hub. Do artisanal liquors taste better because they are made in small batches? Do you have a favorite? Rated up.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Isn't it great thelistlady - that we are beginning to look for quality in everything and not just quantity. Thanks for the rating.

      Hmmm, sounds great PWalker281. I used to make a cordial at Christmas with pineapple and vodka and figured I'd switch vodkas one year - the cordial was awful. I see now that vodka is just as varied as beer or red wine and other beverages. I'll look for the Japanese brand now. Quality should always rule. Thanks for the rating.

      Maybe that is the difference anglnwu - small batches, better watched and tested, rather than the mass produced brands, just toss it all together, that are on the market. I know the craft beers are excellent. I have never been one to drink but with the quality on the market now I try and like. I don't have a favorite artisanal yet. Thanks for the rating.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Informative.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Flag up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome dallas93444. Thanks for the rating!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Ha, that is more interesting to me then you can imagine, I come from a family history of liquor company owners and the ABC was a nightmare for sure....thanks for this enlightened hub. rate up love & peace darski

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello there Darski - it sounds like you have quite a hub to share. How well I remember visiting in the South and seeing ABC stores - I had no idea what they were. But buying liquor with all that corn growing? - there was a time everyone had a still hidden and now it is fashionable to own one. As much as I think controlling liquor was supposed to be the issue - the corn was also used as fuel - and well, we can't have people powering their cars. That too - corn as fuel - is now, oh so new.

      Thanks for writing!

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      TheVacationLady 6 years ago from Everywhere

      OOOOOH that "Most Wanted" vodka with the pepper aftertaste sounds like something I could make a nice spicy bloody mary with. Yum! Thanks for the recommendation!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well now that sounds good TheVacationLady - quality does speak. There is a reason why I have never been a drinker - like so much we buy it is mass produced. But having tried craft beers - oh wow. What a difference. And getting a good bottle of wine or something - so enjoyable.

      Thanks for writing!

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      CountryCityWoman 6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      You know if I am going to throw my life away on liquor I want the best. These sounds so good. I'm learning to know the difference. Liquor is so varied. It pays to be well-informed. Thanks a million and rated up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Interesting hub as always - I'm a wine drinker myself but that is all so informative!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true CountryCityWoman - I prefer quality over quantity.

      Thanks for commenting akirchner.I'm beginning branch out.

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      Jalus 6 years ago

      I will have to take at look at these and this new trend. The Most Wanted Vodka sounds very interesting. Thanks for the information!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks Jalus. I'm glad to know that there is quality hitting the market. Our standards have become so low - and unfortunately - the norm.

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Wow, very informative hub , rated useful.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you found it informative ImChemist - thanks for commenting!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Classy facts and tips on American Made Artisanal Liquor, I appreciate the knowledge. :) Katie

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you katiem2 - reading all the lists I am finding on hub pages is making me feel quite suave and sophisticated!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information. I never knew about this before. I live in far country. Thanks for writing this. Well done, my friend. Vote up.

      Prasetio

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for the vote prasetio30 - always good to hear from you! Yay!

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      Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      I just read today that drinking mildly helps prevent dementia! CHEERS!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well thanks for sharing that mindyjgirl! I'd like to include it in my diet. And of course people have been drinking liquors forever and reaped the benefits. We just need quality and not quantity. I want to enjoy all the benefits of old age - and by gosh if it means drinking then so be it. Yay!

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Bk, I make my own wine. It takes a while until you can drink it but it is worth the wait. You can make your own vodka and it can be drank right away.

      Fun hub

      voted up!

      Tina

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love that you make your own wine gr82bme - and you have inspired me. And vodka too. I am so interested. Hope you are writing hubs about this. I'm going to check right now!

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      mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

      I have always wanted to make or brew my own beer and wine. I grew up in Ohio and many households used the basemant for making homemade wind. Now I can add something else to the list. Great hub and very informative.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know mquee as I thought about going out to purchase a bottle of wine I thought about the wine I have tasted made by people I know - and there is no comparison.

      I want to do my own brews too, and if I don't, I want something of superior quality like a craft beer or artisanal liquor. Otherwise why bother.

      Thanks for writing.

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      bbqsmokersite 6 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

      Artisanal food products are all the rage among foodies today. I love it. We're getting more and more high quality food from local sources. Hope this trend stays on the rise!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so with you there bbqsmokersite. Let's have quality once again. And I find when it is quality I just naturally eat and drink less. We don't save money at all when we eat garbage - garbage as food is never a bargain.

      Thanks for writing!

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      bbqsmokersite 6 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

      You know, I read an article yesterday that said things like High Fructose Corn Syrup actually tend to impede the body's production of chemicals like "leptin" that tell our brains that we've been satiated.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yes, I've been hearing that too and many other horror stories about HFCS. We cannot possibly have a need for this toxic ingredient - ugh!

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      Lee Raynor 6 years ago from Citra Florida

      I learn something from each of your hubs that I read

      Thanx

      Up and useful

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome chefsref - thanks for ratings too - yay!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      I was aware of micro-breweries but not micro-distilleries. Would the bootleggers of old had been able to call themselves micro-distilleries? LOL. Interesting info. My older son is into micro brews and no doubt would be interested in the micro-distilleries, too.

      Voted up

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good point Danette Watt. I have many elders who used to brew their own liquor - had big stills way back up in the woods of NC. They were excellent in their craft too! I used to think what's the big deal with brewing something to drink but more recently I've come to realize that the corn liquor could also be used for fuel - and that was never going to be allowed.

      Thanks for commenting!

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