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News Release for Alaska Distillery


Alaska’s only spirit distillery creates a national stir with Smoked Salmon Vodka.
The Wasilla-made product is already on order in nine states coast to coast.

After attracting national media interest this summer, Alaska Distillery’s Smoked Salmon Vodka already has orders pending in nine of the lower 48 states and interest expressed by several others. The distillery also has quietly launched four more vodka flavors and a gin product. All products, including its ultra premium Permafrost Vodka will be on display this Friday and Saturday at the DeBarr Costco in Anchorage.

The other new vodka flavors under the Alaska Distillery label are Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, and Birch Syrup, all using ingredients and flavors indigenous to Alaska.  They join the distillery’s flagship product, Permafrost Vodka, an ultra premium, award-winning spirit, and Frostbite, a premium vodka.

Washington’s State Liquor Stores are the first outside Alaska to receive the Smoked Salmon Vodka.  Two pallets have been shipped, and the vodka will be on the shelves in early September.  If it sells well, the product will become part of the State’s regular inventory.

“It’s very difficult to break into the vodka market, especially the state-operated stores in Washington, due to the large number of brands out there, so this is a major turn of events for us, and it is sparking interest in our other vodkas and our gin,” said Toby Foster, president and founder of the distillery.

Other states that have placed orders with Alaska Distillery are Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee.

The Smoked Salmon Vodka captured the imagination of media outlets across the U.S. when its launch was announced in July. It is the first of its kind to come to market, and it has been touted as making a superb Bloody Mary.

“We know how it sounds, but the moment you try it, you’ll never want another Bloody Mary without it,” said Foster.

Alaska Distillery uses its trademarked distillation process to create this rare vodka with a distinctive smoky, savory taste. The vodka is an ultra premium spirit, handcrafted in small batches and made with 10,000-year-old glacier water harvested from Prince William Sound icebergs that have naturally calved from glaciers and are destined to melt into seawater.  

“The unique, new flavor of Alaska Distillery Smoked Salmon Vodka will surprise you,” said Foster. “Try our delicious recipe that you will find attached to the bottle and see for yourself.”

Foster founded Glacier Creek Distillery, later renamed Alaska Distillery, in 2005, and was soon joined by three partners, Scotti MacDonald, Shawn Ansley and Winston Chelf. The distillery’s first product, Permafrost Alaska Vodka, an ultra premium spirit, received the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) Platinum Medal at the 2009 International Review of Spirits competition held in Chicago, Illinois. BTI gave the Wasilla-made vodka a beverage tasting rating of 96% and described it as “…superlative. An exceptionally clean, seamless, and delicious vodka. Amazing!”  
Alaska Distillery is dedicated to producing handcrafted ultra premium and premium spirits.

Alaska Distillery’s Smoked Salmon Vodka Recipe for Bloody Marys

1 teaspoon Horseradish
4 splashes of Tabasco Sauce
2 ounces of Alaska Distillery Smoked Salmon Vodka
2 ounces of Clamato Juice
Pepper to taste
Worcestershire sauce to taste

Pour over ice in a tall glass, stir well and top with your favorite garnish Whether in a Bloody Mary cocktail or served straight from the freezer accompanied by a cheese plate, once you taste Smoked Salmon vodka, you’ll be hooked.

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