Robert Brodrecht

Posts and Reviews by Robert Brodrecht

Misadventure Review

Rating
5/5

The hardest part about this review is finding where to start. The concept is so original that there may only be one way to start, and Misadventure & Co already put it on their website: A bartender and agricultural economist walked into a bar… A conversation held in a Southern California bar was followed by four years of R&D and culminated in a vodka made from unsold baked goods. Currently, Misadventure & Co is keeping

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Effen Review

Rating
3/5

When I first saw Effen on a shelf many years ago, I was impressed by the statement the bottle made. It was as strong a statement as Vox’s art deco bottle but with a modern, minimalist utilitarian flair that made it feel like you were meant to hold it. You don’t wrap glass with squishy foam right where it ought to be held unless you meant for it to feel comfortable in the hand. And

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Ocean Review

Rating
3/5

Ocean tears me in two. On the one hand, Ocean is doing great work (circa 2013) to bring an organic, gluten free, sustainable vodka to a big market. You can go take a tour on the island of Maui to see the cool stuff they are up to. I’ve had friends visit Ocean’s distillery that had also taken tours of the Jack Daniels Distillery and they left impressed after their visit to Ocean’s distillery. It

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Birmingham’s Atomic Lounge Featured in Playboy

Birmingham local bartender fav Feizal Valli at The Atomic Lounge got a shout out in Playboy for bringing the Cosmopolitan into the modern era. Check out Atomic if you’re ever in town. The Atomic Lounge is the most unique bar in all of Birmingham. As best as I could describe, it makes me feel like being in a Fiona Apple music video.

The Next VodkaBuzz

I’m working on a lot of things here at VodkaBuzz. A redesign is well underway, which will accompany a rewrite of the backend, including user accounts to help with authorship and community. The new site is at least year off, maybe more depending on life. It’s hard to tell. I want a platform for the future and I want you to join me along the way. In the meantime, I’m making efforts to do more

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Purus Review

Rating
5/5

Purus, with it’s wavy neck, is easy to spot on the shelf. This certified organic Italian vodka looks fancy, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Luckily, Purus delivers. Straight Purus is easy to drink straight. It has a good mouth feel with some slightly sweet tones. The finish is peppery, but doesn’t burn. After siping my way through a shot or two, I don’t feel like drinking a chaser. After a minute or

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Prairie Organic Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

I’ve had Prairie Organic Vodka before but I ended up finishing the bottle before I got around to writing a review. In other words, it’s good vodka. That should be apparent from the care taken crafting the vodka. Starting with organic corn grown by a co-op of farmers in Minnesota, the Prairie distillery creates a small batch vodka that is distilled to taste, unlike other vodkas that only do a fixed number of distillations. That

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Oma’s Cherry Infused Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

There’s nothing I can say about the history of Oma and her incredible cherry-infused vodka that the Oma’s Spirits website and bottle don’t explain. In short, it is the story of Hedy Steinbart, a woman who lived through extraordinary times and created her own legacy. I haven’t found another vodka with a history as cared for as Oma’s. This honest authenticity is why I’m excited to try Oma’s Cherry Infused Vodka. Straight Before you open

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Salute American Vodka Review

Rating
5/5

I’ve crossed paths with a few spirits keeping an eye on charity. It’s always good to know that doing something I’d do anyway benefits a good cause, and for Salute American Vodka, who donates $1 per bottle sold to charities that support American veterans, their focus is especially timely in the summer months as we celebrate and remember those who have served in our armed forces. And, the vodka is one hundred percent American-made, from the ingredients

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Redmont Review

Rating
5/5

The name Redmont might mean something to you in your city. For me, Redmont is the name of a hotel built in 1925 — one of a handful of iconic historical buildings in my home town of Birmingham, Alabama. It’s gone through a few renovations over the years, but it’s still alive and kicking. Now, though, Birmingham has a new Redmont in the form of Redmont Vodka. To my knowledge, Redmont Vodka is the first

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