The improbable rise of aquavit in the United States

Bars 23.3.2016

Aquavit has been on the rise for a couple of years in the US, but still his best days are ahead, says Jacob Grier. Especially the American style is worth a second glance. A „botanical“ story how the Scandinavian classic might become the new Mezcal, the new bartenders’ darling.

Aquavit has been on the rise for a couple of years in the US, but still his best days are ahead, says Jacob Grier. Especially the American style is worth a second glance. A „botanical“ story how the Scandinavian classic might become the new Mezcal, the new bartenders’ darling.
It was in the far north of Isafjordur, Iceland, that American ski coach Mike McCarron first fell in love with aquavit. A Danish friend had brought along a bottle of Aalborg Dill and introduced Mike to enjoying life the Danish way. Years later, that experience inspired him to take on the arguably crazy endeavor of starting a spirits company in the United States that, rather than focusing on commercial products like vodka or gin, would make only aquavit.

If you can’t buy it, do it by yourself

Contracting with the 45th Parallel Distillery in Wisconsin, McCarron created his Gamle Ode aquavit out of necessity. The selection of aquavits available to drinkers in the United States was, until recently, pretty dismal. If liquor stores carried aquavit at all, they likely had just a few dusty bottles oddly shelved among the sweet liqueurs. Imports from Scandinavia had tapered off until only a few brands remained. McCarron couldn’…
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