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Craft vodka, whiskey follow popular moonshine from Piedmont Distillers

Posted February 25

Nothing is overlooked on—or in—a bottle of Method and Standard vodka.

From the spirit inside to the shape of the bottle to the design on the label, Piedmont Distillers founder Joe Michalek and his crew craft the entire product with quality in mind.

“It starts with the juice, the spirit itself,” Michalek said on the 919Beer podcast. “That quality and that passion should shine through in everything you do.”

The distillery’s original vodka is made from 100 percent corn, which lends sweetness to the final product. But a trio of other vodkas draws its flavor (and color) from real fruit.

Method and Standard’s raspberry vodka is tinted a deep magenta that nearly glows inside the tall, skinny bottle. On its own, the scent of raspberry perfumes the glass and lingers well after the drink is gone, but the company also makes a red-hued strawberry vodka and a golden apple spice iteration, which promise the same.

The newest addition to Piedmont’s lineup is its Midnight Moon American Whiskey. The blended whiskey bears the same name as the company’s popular moonshine roster but is aged in oak barrels.

Machalek said the whiskey is made from 94 percent corn, like a bourbon, blended with 4 percent rye whiskey to give it a little spiciness. And, like the vodka, it’s made to stand out.

“Ours is all about doing it right and making it the best it can be, and that’s how we approach the American Whiskey,” Machalek said.

If you happen across a bottle of the whiskey, be sure to try it in an old fashioned.

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