A few years ago, no matter if you were in Denver or Des Moines, you were sure to see a craft brewery spring up in your neighborhood. And although the interest in craft beer is not going anywhere, a new craft craze is right on its heels: distilling.
With that in mind, we reached out to the bartenders and had them identify the craft distilleries across America that are doing excellent work. As Meaghan Dorman, bar director of The Bennett in New York, says “Craft spirits give us an opportunity to support distillers whose ethos we agree with and often get a chance to visit and see up close the processes and decision they've made, instead of inheriting a tradition, they are creating something new."
Los Angeles, California
Of course the world's largest producer and distributor of organic spirits is located in LA. The label is 100% recyclable, and they claim to plant a tree for every bottle sold, but according to Jason Wagner, beverage director/partner of Fung Tu in Manhattan, the bitters are the real star here: “Their Barkeeper Bitters program is putting out some of the best bitters I've had,” he says.
All of Death’s Door's spirits -- schnapps, gin, vodka, and whiskey -- are made from wheat grown on nearby Washington Island. “Death’s Door gin is a sustainable spirit made with locally sourced botanicals and organic wheat. It’s complex, yet very smooth,” says Stanton.