Vodka on the rocks is good. Vodka chilled over a frozen lake bed? Better. Chilled vodka shared with your friends, after climbing a mountain in the dead of winter in the dark? Pure living.
Late last year, we received a package from some folks in Brooklyn, NY called Industry City Distillery. In it, we found a bottle of small batch vodka humbly labelled, No. 2. It was early December, having just wrapped up our sixth issue, and feeling it was time to clear our heads. We chose to toss the bottle in our packs and head North to Lonesome Lake, located just off the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains of our home state of New Hampshire. With temperatures well below freezing, it was the perfect place to sample what the guys at Industry City Distillery had been up to and review the product for our then upcoming issue.
Admittedly, none of us are die-hard vodka fans, but to truly get a sense of the product, we sampled it with no mixers. The first pleasant sign of surprise was the lack of nose burning, rubbing alcohol stench often associated with most vodkas. A resounding "Wow!" was the response after we all tried this beet-produced juice for the first time. It had a softer, slightly grassy nose to it, remarkably smooth with flavors that we didn't even know could exist within vodka. With its clean taste and lack of burn, the bottle just didn't last long, helping us sleep in the cold just a bit easier that night.
Located in a warehouse on the west side of Brooklyn, Industry City Distillery, is run by The City Foundry, a research and design group focused on improving small-scale manufacturing processes through the blending of science and art. To really appreciate the experience as we have, give a look at the process and then grab yourself a bottle or two to stay warm as the season starts to turn.