Local Vodka in Newburyport: Why Not?

February 15, 2009
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One year ago today, I blogged and suggested Newburyport, Massachusetts be sited for a vodka microdistillery.
Nothing happened as a result of my idea (or to be truthful, Ron Martino’s idea) but perhaps the folks of zip code 01950 ought to reconsider this seriously.
Here’s why…

Ten years ago, the Boston Herald highlighted a group of 30 Massachusetts […]


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Vodka distilleryOne year ago today, I blogged and suggested Newburyport, Massachusetts be sited for a vodka microdistillery.

Nothing happened as a result of my idea (or to be truthful, Ron Martino’s idea) but perhaps the folks of zip code 01950 ought to reconsider this seriously.

Here’s why…

  1. Ten years ago, the Boston Herald highlighted a group of 30 Massachusetts residents who took a chance and invested in a Belarus vodka called Charodei. Here is the Minsk bottler’s website.
  2. The residents called themselves the American Belarusian Import Export Company and they were formerly based in Newburyport.
  3. The Boston Business Journal lauded the company for serving its spirits at post-receptions of the 1999 Academy Awards.

While the Herald story is not archived online other than this small excerpt, it is clear from numerous reviews that Charodei was among the best-tasting vodkas in the world.

I don’t know if the import-export company is still in business (though their local phone number is out of service), but I do know Ron Martino is still talking about distilling vodka. Given this blog post, I’m a fan.

Buying vodka would give whole new meaning to growing slow and local food, no? After all, how many communities can claim home to vodka microdistilleries?

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