Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rigby-made vodka to be served at Obama inaugural reception

Republicans may be fleeing Washington, D.C., as President Obama's second inauguration approaches, but eastern Idaho will be there in spirit.

American Harvest Organic Spirit, a new brand of vodka distilled near Rigby, will be served as the only vodka at the Presidential Inaugural Candlelight Reception. The event, Monday night at the National Building Museum, will be for National Finance Committee members and their guests. It will be the only inaugural event that President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will all attend.

American Harvest is made for Sidney Frank Importing Co. by Silver Creek Distillers, a company that took over a closed-down ethanol plant in Jefferson County near the Snake River in 1988. Unlike Blue Ice and Teton Glacier, also made there, American Harvest is distilled from organic winter wheat, not potatoes.

The brand will be available nationwide in March.