Sloop Betty Vodka Now Certified OU Kosher

06 May 2011


Blackwater Distilling™, Inc.’s flagship spirit, Sloop Betty Vodka, a wheat and sugar cane-based craft product, is now certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest and most respected kosher certification agency.

Part of an elite group of just 200 craft distilleries in the entire country, Blackwater Distilling is Maryland’s first federally and state-licensed beverage alcohol distillery in more than three decades. The initial distribution area for its spirits covers Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Christopher Cook, CEO of Blackwater Distilling, related that, “In 2005, after coming across an archive of long-forgotten spirits, my brother, Jon, and I have made it our passion to handcraft spirits made from Maryland-sourced and other select ingredients. Having the OU kosher symbol on our product from its first day on the market was a priority for us. This certification means we’ve gone the extra mile to guarantee premium quality standards. It ensures that the process by which Sloop Betty is handcrafted is as transparent as the vodka.”

Blackwater Distilling’s COO, Jon Cook, who developed the company’s production and quality assurance process, said, “Over the past five years, we’ve perfected the recipe for a smooth and balanced wheat and sugar cane-based vodka.” “We use exceptional raw sources of wheat and sugar cane to craft Sloop Betty because that combination yields the cleanest, balanced spirit of the highest quality. Our proprietary process weeds out undesirable elements, such as burn from the wheat and excess sweetness from the cane.”

Superior taste is just one factor that distinguishes Sloop Betty. Maintaining the integrity of the land from which products are crafted is a cornerstone of Blackwater Distilling’s values. Dubbed the “Everglades of the North,” the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge that is the distilling company’s namesake will receive a percentage of proceeds through the organization Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher’s Vice President, Communications and Marketing, was gratified to “welcome Blackwater Distilling to the ever growing list of high class vodka and liquor products that continue to gain OU certification in recent years.”

About Blackwater Distilling™
Based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Blackwater Distilling™, Inc. handcrafts super-premium spirits, such as its flagship product, Sloop Betty vodka. Made of the finest ingredients, Sloop Betty is best served over ice or in a glass neat. Any way she’s poured, we encourage adults to savor Sloop Betty and enjoy our products responsibly. Learn more about the company at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@sloopbetty).

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