Distillers release vodka made with fog

Posted at 10:56 AM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 14:51:23-04

A San Francisco Bay Area distillery is making vodka out of a unique San Francisco ingredient: fog. 

Last week, Hangar 1 in Alameda released a first-of-its-kind vodka that has been cut and blended with water from San Francisco fog. The fog was gathered with fog catchers at Sutro Tower, in El Sobrante, in the Berkeley Hills and the city's Outer Sunset district. 

KPIX reports that head distiller Caley Shoemaker says 60 percent of vodka is water. Shoemaker says they chose to use fog to save water as California endures a fifth year of drought. 

Shoemaker says that Hangar 1 worked with FogQuest, a non-profit that installs fog-and rain-collection systems. Each collector captured between three and five liters per day of fog water for six months.

Money from sales will go to water conservancy in the state.