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    We're a small distillery located in Brooklyn pursuing better craft spirits through science. We produce Industry Standard Vodka - a beet sugar vodka created entirely in New York City.

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    the next tour date is Saturday August 30th

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    Our Vodka

    • Built in Brooklyn

      Every piece of equipment used to make Industry Standard was developed in our laboratory, built and modified in our shop, and put right to work.

    • Made by nerds

      A distillery is equal parts biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering; Industry Standard is the tasty application of our collective curiosities and interests.

    • Efficiency focused

      We adapt, reuse, and aggressively streamline our process to make the tastiest vodka you’ve ever had in the most resource-conscious way possible.

    • Agile process

      Nothing here is safe from change. Industry Standard is the fifth version of our vodka and some processes have been redesigned a dozen or more times.

    • Blended by hand

      Machines do a lot of the work around here, but a well-calibrated human tastes everything off our stills and calls what goes into each batch.

    • Rigorously tested

      Industry Standard is fantastic both neat and in cocktails. We have the data - from public tastings, expert consultations, and extensive research - to back that up.

    Distilled from sugar beets on equipment we designed and built by hand right here in Brooklyn, NY, Industry Standard boasts a flavor profile as unique as the process we use to make it. The nose hints at subtle fruits, with layered complexity beneath. On tasting, light florals open up into a warm, smooth flavor and rich texture, and finish with delicious fruit notes, hints of vanilla, and a touch of spice.

    Making Industry Standard

    We built a radical process from the ground up−a new way of making vodka that allows us to create intricate flavors, separate them with precision, and blend only the best into each batch.

    Industry Standard is made from sugar beets, grown and processed into sugar in the United States, and then delivered by the ton to our distillery.

    Our yeast is grown right here in our on-site lab from a strain originally selected from beet fields in France. It's not easy growing your own yeast in-house, but it's one of the key's to our vodka's delicate flavor.

    Our fermentation system is unique in the world of distilled spirits. Instead of fermenting in large tanks, we designed and built a system of sleek glass and stainless tubes called bioreactors. This amazing system lets us ferment many times faster than normal with better control and in a tiny little space.
    At the core of the bioreactors is our home grown yeast that has been encapsulated into miniature spheres of alginate. These “beads” allow us to use an enormous amount of yeast but still keep us fermenting smoothly.

    Our two-step distillation process focuses on efficiency and precision.

    We run our “wash” through a continuous steam-powered stripping still designed and built right here at the distillery. Steam allows for an incredibly efficient and gentle distillation; separating water from alcohol without prolonged boiling or any risk of overheating. The work of precise separation of compounds is left to our second still.

    Our fractional reflux still is based on distillation equipment you would more likely encounter in a science lab than a distillery and allows us to separate alcohols by extremely minute differences in boiling point. Typically a distillation is broken into 3 “cuts” (the heads, hearts and tails) but to take advantage of this amazing precision, we collect 40 individual cuts. This collection of 40 unique flavors, textures, and smells is blended back together to become Industry Standard.

    With our 40 different fractions laid out, we experience each one by individually tasting and smelling each and every cut. This is more art than science and we take our time. From sweet to spicy, caustic to luscious; we grade each one and then determine which ones to blend into a final batch.

    As always, nothing ever goes to waste and the cuts that don’t make it into Industry Standard are used in the shop as solvent, the lab as sterilizer, even the kitchen where we use it in our stove.

    From the bar

    Industry Standard is a vodka specifically designed to have a flavor all of its own. To take advantage of the fruity aromas, subtle sweetness and exceptionally smooth finish, we try to use our unusual vodka in drinks that compliment its complexity. Of course our favorite way to enjoy Industry Standard is neat... and maybe with some oysters.

    The Industry Martini

    Want to try our vodka in a simple, time-tested classic? We recommend mixing your vodka and vermouth in an 8:1 ratio, so the nuanced flavors of Industry Standard really shine. Our favorite way to drink it is with a lemon twist.

    • 2 oz Industry Standard Vodka
    • 1/4 oz dry vermouth (our favorite is Dolin's)
    • twist lemon

    Stir vodka and vermouth over ice until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a lemon twist and drink it up!

    The Industry Brooklyn

    While usually made with whiskey, this is a drink that proves that a vodka with enough flavor can stand up to some pretty tough competition.

    • 1 1/2 oz Industry Standard Vodka
    • 1/2 oz dry vermouth (our favorite is Dolin's)
    • 1/4 oz Bittermens Amère Nouvelle (or substitute with Averna and a dash of orange liqueur)
    • 1/4 oz Maraschino (we use Luxardo)
    • twist orange for garnish

    Stir liquid ingredients over ice until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Add your orange twist and enjoy!

    The Sunset City

    Some very enterprising (or very bored) bartenders designed a variation for every neighborhood in Brooklyn. We took bartender Vince Favella's version of the "Sunset Park" (we call it "home") and mixed up a variation that tastes great with our vodka. It's fruity and fun, but still spirit-forward.

    • 2 oz Industry Standard Vodka
    • 1/2 oz sweet white vermouth (we like Dolin's) or dry riesling
    • 1/2 oz peach liqueur
    • dash Cocktail Kingdom Wormwood bitters
    • twist lemon or peach slice for garnish

    Stir over ice until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a dash of bitters and your garnish. Cheers!

    Where we work

    Industry City Distillery is a project of The City Foundry and shares a space in Brooklyn's Industry City with the research, development and support systems the Foundry provides. Not many distilleries have a laboratory, a machine shop, or a letterpress studio, but our operation wouldn't exist without them.

    The machine shop, turning stainless steel

    1935 Chandler and Price letterpress

    The bio lab

    The reactor room at Industry City Distillery

    Visit the Distillery

    We're finally opening up the distillery for tours again! There's always something under construction with a project like this, but we're excited to show you around. Tours are ok for all ages but you need to be 21 or over to participate in tastings (bring ID folks, we're going to have to card you...). Tour-goers under 12 are no charge, just email us first.

    Space is limited on our tours so please use the reservation tools below to book a spot. Walk-ins may have to wait for the next time slot available. For larger groups and special tours please contact us for pricing and availability.

    Distillery Tour and Tasting

    Come see how our unusual distillery works. From our immobilized cell bioreactor fermentation system to our custom built fractional and continuous stills this tour explains it all. Tours last for about an hour and include a tour of the facility, Q+A with the distillers, and of course a vodka tasting! All tastings also inclue one of our super cute mini beaker tasting glasses that's yours to keep at the end of the tour.

    "Hard hat" Distillery Tour

    Our distillery tour plus an extra dose of nerdiness. The hard hat tour takes you behind the scenes of the distillery to see the labs and shops of The City Foundry where we build and develop our equipment. This tour also gives you a hands-on demonstration of our 30-cut fractional blending process! If you're interested in the machines that make the machines that make our vodka, this is definitely the tour for you.

    Have a guest pass? Click here to book your tour.

    Get in touch

    Please contact us at one of the email addresses below. If you'd like us to let you know what we're currently up to, go check out our blog, Vodka Science on tumblr, take a look at our photos on instagram, and follow us on facebook.

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