Anchor develops first ever vodka distilled with hops
Anchor is best known for their beer, but this time it’s the distillery that’s making waves. They’ve just introduced “Hophead,” a unique hops-based vodka.
Distilled entirely from two types of dried hops from Washington State’s Yakima Valley, HOPHEAD is a vodka built on flavor, but is not a “flavored” vodka. This premium craft vodka captures the fresh, aromatic character of hops without the typical bitterness.
“We have all these hops and a distillery on site – why not combine the two?” After much experimentation, head distiller, Bruce Joseph and brew master, Mark Carpenter, two of the original visionaries of Old Potrero Whiskey and Junipero Gin, developed HOPHEAD Vodka using Anchor’s small copper pot stills and two varieties of hops used in the brewery.
Something about this just sounds wrong, but color me intrigued. The good part about it coming out of a well-known and respected distillery is that I will always give them the benefit of the doubt. Anchor Distilling Co. didn’t need to release a new product, so you know that anything leaving that still is something they are proud to have made.
“We’ve been looking to add a vodka to our portfolio for quite some time, but couldn’t seem to find the right fit,” added King. “So we decided to distill our own, blending the history and heritage of our brewery and distillery, creating an amazing liquid that fits perfectly in our portfolio of craft spirits.”
It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for unique spirits. I love conventional quality, but exciting and innovative will always have a place on my shelf, if only for one round. I wasn’t able to track down anything like Hophead, so it certainly falls in that category. Plus at 45% ABV, it’s one of the stronger vodkas on the market, and who doesn’t love more booze for your buck? It’s available in NYC, San Fran, and “other key markets.” Once I get my hands on it I’ll report back on how it is.