Mike Borcik thinks customers anywhere who buy mid to higher-end spirits should appreciate the newest Alaska-made vodka. "The price should be in the mid-30s, and for a vodka of this quality, it'll be a good seller." Icy Strait Vodka will be in stores and bars across the state in the next few weeks and should be easy to find. The dramatic nautical-themed label, featuring a writhing red octopus, was designed by Haines artist Laura Rogers and would fit right in on a shelf next to "Moby Dick."
The Port Chilkoot Distillery is the latest addition to Alaska's budding micro-distillery industry, joining tiny Ursa Major in Fairbanks; Bare Distillery, the makers of Truuli Vodka in Anchorage; High Mark in Sterling, and the largest and oldest, Alaska Distillery (formerly Glacier Creek) in Wasilla, which uses melted glacial ice in their vodka.