Hangar 1 Straight Vodka Yes, it’s a new Hangar 1. The backstory: Originally created by St. George Spirits in Alameda, the brand was such a success the artisanal makers sold it to the bigger Proximo Spirits (makers of 1800 Tequila, The Kraken rum, etc.) in 2010, producing it for them until 2014. 
Now Hangar 1, version 2.0, as it were, is all Proximo’s baby, and a fine premium vodka it is, smooth yet rich. Tasting side-by-side against the original version, it’s got more nose — a floral, perhaps even olive scent — so perfect for a vodka “martini” (I’m a gin stalwart, myself). The older style was cleaner and leaner, if you’re wondering.
To complicate matters, the noncompetition period is over, so there’s St. George vodkas again, too. So many choices! (Particularly its Green Chile.)
 See hangarone.com.


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