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Anchor distilling company launch Hophead vodka

Anchor Brewing & Distilling Company in San Francisco has launched Hophead vodka.

Distilled entirely from two types of dried hops from Washington State’s Yakima Valley, Hophead is “is built on flavour, but is not a flavoured vodka”. This premium craft vodka captures the fresh, aromatic character of hops without the typical bitterness, the producer says.

David King, president of Anchor Distilling and the creative mind behind brands like No. 3 London Dry Gin, The King’s Ginger Liqueur and Pink Pigeon Rum, arrived at Anchor in 2011 and was immediately mesmerized by the aroma of hops permeating Anchor’s brewery and distillery. No stranger to innovation, David thought, “We have all these hops and a distillery on site – why not combine the two?” After much experimentation, head distiller, Bru
ce 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.

“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.”

Whether as a modifier in cocktails, or served on its own, this aromatic vodka is a perfect base spirit in a martini, Bloody Mary, beer cocktail, or as an ice cold shot with an Anchor beer back – marking the first beverage created for spirits and beer lovers alike.


Hophead Vodka, 45% ABV, is now available in San Francisco, New York and other key US markets. RRP US$29.95.


30 November 2012 - Felicity Murray