The Slow Food Nation Conference in San Francisco recently and spirits were nicely represented. The slow food movement is a reaction to fast food that champions sustainable, local ingredients. The showing was a nice change for distilleries, who have not been the most eco-friendly. On hand were several Bay Area producers including Square One Vodka, Anchor, George Spirits, and No 209 Gin.
A nice take away? Even large commercial distilleries are adopting sustainable processes. For example, Maker’s Mark recently started using anaerobic digestion to turn waste into a bio-fuel.