From seed to shelf, we’re 100% Midwestern about what we do. That means we do things the right way, or we don’t do them all. No consolation prizes here, just award winning spirits.
Take a closer look at the sustainable journey every ounce of Prairie Organic vodka and gin takes before it finds its way into your cocktail.
Here’s an important kernel of truth: Each ounce of Prairie Organic Spirits begins with 100% USDA certified organic corn, raised on Midwestern family farms. We know each farmer on a first-name basis (Hey, John!) and see their commitment to organic farming firsthand.
From sunup to sundown, season to season, here are a few of the steps our farmers happily take to uphold the integrity of their farmland, and our collective future:
Before our farmers plant a single seed, they put a prep in their step. They spend three seasons carefully preparing their fields to verify their organic certification.
Next, they plant a 25-foot buffer crop to make sure chemicals from nearby farms don’t contaminate their own organic corn. So. Smart!
Instead of harmful herbicides, our farmers follow Mother Nature’s lead, using things like controlled prairie fires to burn weeds away.
Our farmers rely on native birds and bats to consume the crop-eating insects instead of pesticides, keeping the ecosystem in check and thrivin’.
We do our best to help ensure Prairie Organic Spirits are sustainable from farm to glass. How’s that? Okay, say we have extra dried distillers grains, we don’t throw them away. We share it with animals on neighboring farms. Here are some of the thoughtful steps we take along the way to bring you award winning spirits:
The secret to our superior spirits? Our Guardians of Prairie. Instead of distilling our vodka or gin a set number of times, this highly trained collective of supertasters have the #dreamjob of sampling each small batch to make sure it’s worthy of being bottled. Here’s how that works:
There are three basic parts to each small batch in a still: the head, the heart and the tail. The purest spirits lie in the heart — mildly poetic, right?
Once the heart of the small batch is found, Guardians of Prairie put their palette to work, evaluating its taste and aroma against a gold-standard sample of the spirit. If they give it the thumbs-up, it goes on to be bottled.
If a Guardian of Prairie finds a sample isn’t up to snuff, the spirit goes back into the still until it’s distilled to perfection.