In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

 

-George Orwell

 

Our Vodka

If you like vodka, you'll love it.  If you don't like vodka, you'll love it.

 

How is that possible? Welcome to Dystopia.  Designed from the ground up to please even the most discriminating spirit connoisseur, Dystopia is the only vodka in the world with true character, and one of the only craft vodkas that is not made using industrial neutral grain spirits (think tanker truck). Starting with a blend of premium soft white wheat and dark rye whole grains locally sourced from Bob’s Red Mill, we mash, ferment, and distill it ourselves.

 

Our process is highly labor intensive, but you will easily taste the difference in quality.  We distill Dystopia in single batches through our double column copper pot still leaving it unfiltered to preserve the beautiful aroma and flavor of the grains – we never use any additives.  The result is one hundred percent pure distillate blended with crystal mountain water that is exceptionally smooth with a silky mouthfeel and taste unlike any other vodka.

 

Dystopia is perfect to sip neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail.

 

 

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Delicate tropical fruit tones with subtle hints of baked apple and peach.  A light overlay of almond rounds out the experience.

 

Palate: Full bodied mouthfeel that evokes a smooth creamy texture. Subtle hints of the fruit aromas come through in the taste while the grains take on a stronger role - dark spicy rye layered with the delicate floral wheat. It finishes with a slow dissipation of flavors unraveling layer by layer leaving a pleasant evanescent aftertaste.

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.

 

- Albert Camus

 

Our Story (from cosmic dust to neurons to vodka)

What does the word dystopia even mean?  Dystopia formally means the opposite of utopia - an ideal civilization.  However, in a perfect utopia, every aspect of life is controlled and manifests into an authoritarian state so in a sense, as society becomes more utopian it also becomes more dystopian.

 

So why name our vodka Dystopia?  Aside from Nelson having a particular love for dystopian literature and reflecting on how they map to our current society, there exists a deeper level of reasoning.  There is so much propaganda and outright lying in the marketing of vodka (as well as other spirits) that Dystopia stands as a counterpoint to this by exposing the truth about how other “handcrafted” spirits are made and how ours differs - actually handmade, mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled in the same 90 year old former grain mill.

 

Currently every production step as well as branding and design is done by the owner/distiller Nelson D’Amour.  One part perfectionist, one part scientist, one part artist (at least in mind), Nelson likes to do something the right way or not at all. He has worked at Intel in technology development helping them bring the latest processors to you.  Prior to that, Nelson graduated from Columbia University and Stanford University attaining BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering.

 

Sitting in a bar (yes cliché) he realized that he could probably make some pretty good spirits given his background, his many travels abroad, and penchant for fine alcohol. He immediately set off researching and started Industrial Row Distillery in 2011 with Dystopia being his first commercial product. Nelson has always had a love of learning and working with his hands so the distillery is a culmination of his knowledge and passion.

There is no final one; revolutions are infinite.

 

- Yevgeny Zamyatin

 

The Process

Cocktails

Culture

At Dystopia, we are as passionate about music, art, design, and literature as we are with our vodka.

 

We brought together some very talented musicians to compose and record an exclusive album for Dystopia Vodka. The result is a feast of electronic tracks that will both relax and inspire you. As we believe in treating all artist fairly, they received compensation for their services that allows you to download the album free for personal use - just click on the album cover to download.

 

Auditory Sculpture

Acroyear

Prophetnoise

Speak to Us

There are lots of ways to get in touch with us.

 

email: nelson@dystopiavodka.com

tel: 503.893.4730

Or fill out the form below and someone will get back with you.

Find Dystopia

Dystopia is currently available in Oregon.  It will soon be available in more states as we grow distribution.

If you are in the Portland area, you can visit the distillery for a tasting - our hours are Sat. 1-5 pm. Tours can be also be arranged by appointment.

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