Deriving its name from the manufacturing industry in Brooklyn where it has been based since its launch, the Industry City Distillery has crafted an unprecedented distillation technique and a delightful smooth vodka that is best taken straight. The Technical Reserve has established a reputation as the most preferred ingredients in New York for crafting cocktails across the upscale establishments in the area. What makes the Technical Reserve so good is that you can put a delightful flavored smoked salt in the drink, shake and strain it for a moment to create one of the most unique flavors in your spirit.
What distinguishes Industry City Distillery from its competitors is that rather than rely on a third party, the establishment is hands-on with distilling their vodka. Many of the distillers you are familiar with only purchase industrial spirits, mix it with some water, and pack it in eye catching bottles. Not only does Industry City Distillery make its stills–making it the leading distillery in New York to attempt such a feat since the prohibition–the company undertakes every single step of the process with machines and methods created solely by them. This is quite helpful in terms of control since the company is able to decide on what goes into their drink and how the drink is produced.
During the process of vodka distillation, there are tails, heads, and hearts, which is the desirable distillate portion produced during the first distillation. Rather than add water and bottle up the hearts as most distillers do, Industry City Distillery takes thirty cuts off the hearts which are then evaluated by David Kyrejko, the distillery’s engineer, in order to craft the ideal blend of vodka.
Just in the same way scotch derives its quality from the number of years it has aged, vodka derives its quality from the number of times it has been distilled. The Industry City Distillery team challenges the alcohol industry’s definition of the term distilled and claims that they carry out one hundred and thirty distillations. Their distillation process, however, is not repetitive. Instead, Industry City Distillery does it in one time, slow, very long, and perfect distillation process. This is the most optimal distillation. David Kyrejko argues that there is no better distillation process since it is not possible to improve the quality by doing a repetitive process.
Every additional initiative that Industry City Distillery participates in is taste-driven, but all of it is part of the company’s dedication to sustainability. Industry City Distillery’s Brooklyn-based distillery is actually 6 times more water-efficient and 3 times more energy-efficient than other distilleries in the United States. The company’s hand made equipment is relatively small while maintaining reasonable yield and also derives energy from their waste heat. The company also saves up on the energy that would be used if they were using multiple rounds rather than a single optimal distillation. One can’t help but wonder if Industry City Distillery could be able to afford their operations in Brooklyn if they were not so efficient and operated like their rural-based competitors. Industry City Distillery makes its own yeast and is one of the few vodka makers to use beet sugar for distillation. The sugar makes no solid waste and is entirely water-soluble, unlike the potatoes and wheat used by its rural-based competitors. Although waste is not much of an issue for distilleries based in rural areas since they can use it as animal feed or mulch, this option is not viable in Brooklyn.