After lunch, our group visited Bare Distillery Alaska, where they make Truuli Peak Vodka. They have a website, Twitter feed and Facebook page and I still had to add them to FourSquare!
We met Jeremy, who the website calls “founding manager”. He explained that they were in the middle of tearing the place apart because they just picked up some serious funding and were buying all new big equipment so as to increase their capacity by.. alot. But here is what it looks like now:
The stuff goes up into the thing and…forget it. I wasn’t really following. But Jeremy taught me one very important thing: you can make vodka out of pretty much anything – ’cause you are just going to distill it anyway. But they only make Truuli Peak with local barley, glacier water and honey.
It felt to me like Bare Distillery Alaska was a drunken frat house idea that someone had the moxie to launch. Which is awesome on several levels. No samples were provided (I believe there are rules about that sort of thing in this particular trade) so I can’t speak to the awesomeness of the product itself, but these guys seem to know what they are doing. Recipes on the website and everything. And seriously. Alaskan Vodka!