About EDELWEISS Alpine Vodka
The alcohol industry has a significant historical reputation in Europe. Most of these companies are conduits of long-standing family traditions, perpetuating personal family schnapps recipes and traditional distilling techniques. American craft distillers are tapping into this market and making these unique European elixirs accessible to the U.S. markets.
Destillerie Freihof, W. Hämmerle GmbH & Co KG was founded back in 1885. The distilling business was developed from the "Zum Freihof" inn, which was founded in 1885. The Freihof in Lustenau was used as a guest house in the 19th century and was said to be a “popular meeting point for gourmets and Freemasons” (producer). The family-owned distillery in Freihof is now an internationally award-winning company, producing resplendent fruit brandies and schnaps classics as well as liqueurs and spirits specialties. The company’s products are made on-site at its distillery in Lustenau, Austria.
Gebhard Hämmerle and Johann Drexel are in charge of the operations at the Destillerie Freihof, producing quality spirits while passionately abiding by family traditions. The family company produces a wide array of fruit brandies and premium schnapps. Under its brand Privatbrennerei Gebhard Hämmerle, the distillery produces a comprehensive collection of traditional fruit brandies of a variety of flavors, including cherry, raspberry, apricot and Williams pear while offering specialty brandies such as rowanberry, elderberry, and quince. Destillerie Freihof also has a private reserve of exceptional fruit brandies, produced only in limited quantities, with a portion actually aged in wooden barrels.
The edelweiss is a small, white fragrant flower native to the alps in Austria and Switzerland. Although the vodka is crafted without actual edelweiss flowers, its name is inspired by its romantic ties to the nearby mountains, as well as the fragrant, fruit-laden floral aromas the vodka releases. EDELWEISS Alpine Vodka is fermented and distilled from a distinct variety of fruits, sourced locally from orchards near Lake Constance, on the Swiss-Austrian border.
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Historians are not clear on the exact origin of vodka since different sources link its beginning to both Russia and Poland. But one thing is clear: this somewhat simple spirit, first used as a medicinal concoction, has become one of the most versatile drinks in the world.
It can be distilled from any type of grains, potatoes, or even grapes worldwide. Due to its simplicity, this unaged spirit's main flavor factor is the quality of water and the ingredients used in the distillation process.
Primarily used in cocktails, vodka can also stand its ground when enjoyed neat.
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