Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cascade Peaks: Oregon's First Organic Distiller

News out of Southern Oregon's Mail Tribune says that Cascade Peaks Spirits will begin distribution of it's organic vodka today. According to the story, the product uses rye from nearby Etna (California). There's also a bit of info related to the business and finances, the struggles of securing credit from banks due to the national crunch we all know about. This is Oregon's first certified organic distiller and the operation sounds painfully small, using a still that produces eight gallons in two hours.

I don't see that the owners have a deep history in the industry, their website has no information about them and the article only states they took a course in Arizona on how to use their still, which was purchased from Bavaria.

I'm not a big vodka guy, but I love the region I grew up in (Southern Oregon) and wish these guys the best. If you're in the market for an organic vodka, you may want to check them out.