Despite the common belief that all vodka is made from potatoes, very little of it is. We'll look at when and where vodka was first made from potatoes as we trace the spirit's history.
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
Potatoes originally come from Peru, but they're only the 18th largest producers of the crop. China and India, which are relatively new producers of potatoes, are the top growers. Then the US and Russia are nearly tied for third and fourth.
We have looked at what a potato is and the introduction of the potato to Europe. Now we'll look at the slow spread of potatoes around the continent, then talk about french fries, yum.
In today's history lesson, we'll look at how the potato came to Europe.
Blow off work on Monday, August 18th and come to the Papa's Pilar rum Cocktail Showdown in San Francisco. The event runs from 12-4 in the afternoon and will be held at The Woodbury, 685 Third Street in SF.
In previous posts, I took a look at how Anchor Distilling developed and makes their rye whiskeys and gins. Now we'll look at their genever, which is a whiskey-gin hybrid of sorts, as well as White Christmas, a white whiskey distilled from Anchor's Christmas Ale.
Anchor Distilling makes three unique rye whiskies in a tiny corner of a big brewery in Potrero Hill in San Francisco. I visited, probably for my 6th time, to learn the story of how it all started and how the whiskies are made.
Anchor Distilling currently has just three tiny stills in one corner of the large brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Two of them make their rye whiskeys and Genevieve. The other one makes Junipero gin and Hophead vodka. In this post we'll look at the history and production of the spirits produced in one of the stills at Anchor.