Vodka maker setting up shop in Midvale

First Published      Last Updated Feb 26 2014 04:29 pm

Another vodka maker is setting up shop in Utah.

This time it's Salt City Vodka, which will produce spirits at a facility in Midvale.

On Tuesday, the state liquor commission granted a manufacturing license to Salt City Vodka's parent company, Elevation Distilling at 6864 S. 300 West.

Owners Aaron Ilott and Jesse Farrer, both Utah natives, said they won't be distilling the grains — you have to be able to afford a still for that.

But they will be purchasing pure ethanol from another producer and then "rectifying" or diluting it with Utah water to the create its unique flavor profile.

Ilott and Farrer hope to have the first batch of Salt City Vodka on liquor store shelves by June. A 750-ml bottle will cost about $20, they said.

Utah now has six distilleries.

High West Whiskey, which has distilleries in Park City and Salt Lake City, and Utah's Own in Ogden were the state's first.

But in the last few months, two new Salt Lake City operations also have received manufacturing licenses: Sugar House Distillery, which plans to make vodka; and Beehive Distillery, which plans to produce high-end gin.