Locally made vodka South Fork making debut — latest sign of boom in craft distilleries

A locally made vodka called South Fork is making its debut — the latest sign of the boom in craft distilleries.

Others in our region include California Distilled Spirits in Auburn and Dry Diggins Distillery in El Dorado Hills, among others.

“South Fork Vodka is an elegant hand crafted vodka, distilled six times from American corn, and produced in small batches here in Grass Valley,” according to its owners.

“I suspect by now you’re all aware that my buddy (Jon Dorfman) and I started a business, with the goal of creating small batch, craft spirits in Nevada County. I’m very happy to tell you that after the last eight months of work, we have a product that’s ready to hit the market, and it’s one I’m proud of. We’ve created a Facebook page and an Instagram page so you can keep up with what we’re up to,” writes Dan Kennerson on his Facebook page.

South Fork Vodka is currently available at SPD Nevada City and Grass Valley, Tofanelli’s, Cirino’s, Golden Era Louge, Lefty’s Grill, Wild Eye Pub, Stone House and other locations, according to the distillery. It also is going to be available at the Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on September 21-23, paired with Cirino’s popular Bloody Mary mix.

South Fork Vodka is holding a launch party at Golden Era on Sunday, September 23.

The parent Satellite Spirits plans other distilled spirits in the future, but South Fork Vodka will be the flagship product, the owners said.

(Photo: South Fork’s Facebook page)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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