San Francisco is the country’s leading center for innovation, so it makes sense that someone would have the bright idea to bottle and sell its essence.
In this case, that essence is fog, and that someone is Hangar One. The Alameda-based distillery just launched Fog Point Vodka, which is actually made using water that’s been harvested from Northern California’s abundance of fog.
The vodka, which is being sold on a limited-edition run at $125 a bottle, is distilled from a local wine before being brought down to proof—the process of adding water to achieve a standard percentage of alcohol by volume—with fog water. According to Hangar One, the result is a “crisp, pure, and gluten free” spirit with “elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle.”
Aside from how it tastes on the palette, Fog Point vodka has important environmental ramifications as well. FogQuest is the organization that traps the fog that eventually becomes the water used in Fog Point. In drought-stricken California, finding alternate sources of water is an important endeavor, something the folks at Hangar One don’t take lightly.
Caley Shoemaker, Hangar One’s head distiller, admits that her vodka’s ethical responsibility to the surrounding communities is paramount. “We work with a lot of local farmers,” she says. “The drought is something they’re all dealing with.”
That’s why Hangar One is donating a portion of all sales to FogQuest, so that it can continue its mission to help communities across California harvest water from fog.
Bottles are available for pre-order now, and they are expected to be shipped at the end of June.
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