Taste the tundra with Reyka Vodka

Reyka is an Icelandic vodka that consistently ranks in many top ten lists this time of year.

The Reyka Vodka distillery, 45 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, is one of the most eco-friendly facilities in the world.

They collect frigid Arctic spring water from a source that runs through a 4,000 year-old lava field. The abundant lava rocks naturally filter the water making it some of the purest in the world. This gives their vodka an extremely clean and unique taste profile.

Reyka also powers its distillery with geothermal energy from the native volcanoes and entirely emission-free.

Distilled from wheat and barley, due to its pure, natural water and lava rock filtering (rather than the usual charcoal), Reyka Vodka maintains the character of Icelandic water, making it an excellent sipping vodka. Smooth and most satisfying, it can be enjoyed not only in cocktails, but chilled as an after dinner drink.

You can try this amazing European vodka, and a host of other spirits, at Wyatt’s Wet Goods. This local, family owned liquor store carries a myriad of choices for the adventurous drinker.

3 Sustainable drinking choices for Earth Day

For Earth Day 2016, show your support for some beverage producers who support the environment.

The Reyka Vodka distillery, 45 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, is one of the most eco-friendly facilities in the world. They collect Arctic spring water from a source that runs through a 4,000 year-old lava field. The abundant lava rocks naturally filter the water making it some of the purest in the world. This gives their vodka an extremely clean and unique taste profile.

Reyka also powers its distillery with geothermal energy from the native volcanoes.

Left Hand Brewing in Longmont has made significant investments in energy conservation efforts toward both electricity and natural gas. They installed a more efficient brew kettle that uses less than half the gas consumption of their previous kettle, allowing them to reduce their steam, hops, and boil time. They utilize a flash steam recovery system to recapture steam from the brewing process and use it to heat the water for cleaning and brewing, saving any lost energy. Left Hand has also made strides in switching to solar paneling and using compact florescent bulbs for lighting. They have consistently been able to not only stay below the U.S. average for brewery water usage, but also reduce their water-to-beer ratio each year.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which produces several award-winning and consistently dependable vintages for a variety of budgets, including the Director’s, Diamond, and Sophia lines, has been committed to environmentally responsible business practices for over three decades.

All of their planted acres are sustainably farmed and part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program. They make efforts to purchase fruit from growers who farm sustainably, and some of their source vineyards are certified organic as well.

Because their property includes two creeks that are a part of the Russian River watershed which contains steelhead trout and Coho salmon populations, the Coppola Winery is active in the Fish Friendly Farming certification program. Working with their neighbors and various agencies, they promote the overall health of the Russian River ecosystem to retain its balance and preservation.

Coppola also recycles their grape and water waste by fertilizing with composted grape pomace and irrigating only with reclaimed winery wastewater.

Products with sustainable business practices like Reyka vodka, Left Hand beers, and Coppola wines, as well as many others that feature organic ingredients, can be found this Earth Day at local liquor stores that offer a large choice in selection and variety such as Wyatt’s Wet Goods.

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