Posted by the staff at KegWorks
Everyone knows Anchor Brewing Company for their beer. What most people may not know is that Anchorâ€™s founder Fritz Maytag was also influential in craft distilling. The brewery even has a sister company, Anchor Distilling, which produces the popular Junipero Gin.
The folks at the distillery have teamed up with head brewer Mark Carpenter to create a beer-inspired craft spirit called Hophead vodka.
Carpenter and head distiller Bruce Joseph selected two varieties of hops to create a fresh and aromatic vodka thatâ€™s taken on their unmistakable scent and flavor.
So what do you mix hop vodka with? The mixology team at Anchor recommends trying gin. Theyâ€™re calling the combination of Hophead and Junipero a “West Coast Vesper” and thereâ€™s a suggested recipe for a “San Fran Shandy” incorporating the vodka, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, honey syrup and a bit of Anchorâ€™s own Brekleâ€™s Brown Ale.
Unfortunately, the vodka is only being sold in San Francisco and NYC to start but it will soon expand to other markets. At $29.95 for a 750-ml bottle, itâ€™s pretty affordable and would make a great gift for beer geeks. Personally, Iâ€™d be interested to see what it can do for a Bloody Mary. Anyone want to send me a bottle?