Updated: 3:22 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 | Posted: 3:02 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2008
Pa.'s First Locally Made Vodka On PLCB Wine & Spirit Store Shelves
GLENSHAW, Pa. —
Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Pennsylvania's first locally made vodka, distilled in Glenshaw, is now on PLCB Wine & Spirit Store shelves.
The product, distilled from potatoes, is produced in single batches in a 1,200 liter pot still housed in the first vodka distillery licensed by the PLCB and TTB since Prohibition.
The Pennsylvania-made potato vodka is distinguished by simple packaging. Boyd & Blair is available only in a 750 ml clear glass bottle, with screen-printed text in black and white. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) currently retails each bottle at $29.49, and Boyd & Blair is only available through PLCB stores or in licensed restaurants, clubs and bars.
After almost three years of building the small company with capital raised from 53 local and regional investors, Orr and Young introduced Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka to a gathering of 200 guests at a launch party on June 21, held at the company's distillery.
"The brand name honors our respective ancestors. Boyd is my business partner's late father-in-law, and Blair is my great grandfather. The two names however also reflect that every bottle we produce is the work of just two guys," said Prentiss Orr at the launch party.
The Glenshaw distillery has the capacity to produce about 220 cases during a single-shift week, with each 1,200 liter batch taking about five to six days to produce. The facility has no automated processes and no computer-aided distillation equipment. In fact, each bottle is filled by hand, each bottle is hand-dipped in wax, and each is labeled and signed by either Young or Orr.
"Unlike other brands that claim to be handcrafted, every bottle of Boyd & Blair is made from scratch," said Barry Young. "The fact is many small brands actually buy bulk ethanol from other sources. Not us; we make it all right here."
Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, LLC, is located in Glenshaw, Pa., in a 6,500-square-foot building that is part of the former Glenshaw Glass factory.