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Oklahomans eager to taste locally made vodkas

Sales of Twister Vodka, made in Moore at Oklahoma's first distillery since 2009, have exceeded expectations, and the company is adding several products — including moonshine — to satisfy customer demand.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: April 23, 2013
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Twister soon will introduce three flavors of moonshine — apple pie, Stratford peach and blackberry — sold in Mason jars, after hearing requests from Facebook fans. And the distillery is in the process of testing a cordial with a taste similar to Jagermeister.

Rye is the only grain used at Twister, and Janko sources nearly all ingredients locally, including the rye, spices and fruits.

“Oklahoma is just crazy, crazy, crazy into made in Oklahoma,” he said.

Though a tasting room was part of the original business plan, Janko said it was too difficult to obtain the necessary licensing and permits, so the distillery isn't open to the public.

Guthrie distillery

Construction on the Prairie Wolf Spirits distillery in Guthrie wrapped up about a month and a half ago, and the business began producing its vodka, owner Hunter Merritt said. Wholesalers can begin picking up the product May 1, and it will be in liquor stores shortly after.

The family-owned distillery is focusing on producing a pure, unflavored vodka, Merritt said.

“Instead of having lemon-flavored vodka, we'd like people to buy our vodka and squeeze fresh lemon juice in it,” he said.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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On the web

Twister Distillery: www.twisterdistillery.com.

Prairie Wolf Spirits: www.prairiewolfspirits.com.

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