Our Story

Who We Are

What is Cirrus

Paul McCann walks into a bar in 2003. While searching the selection to quench his thirst, he notices one thing: there is no domestic vodka. Anywhere. So he creates one.

 

A year later, Cirrus enters the San Francisco world spirits competition, the James Beard equivalent for beverages. Amidst all the fancy Europeans with years of tradition and experience, Cirrus walks away with a silver medal.

 

The acclaim and ensuing demand quickly makes Cirrus too big for it’s distillery. While growth can sometimes lead to demise, Cirrus stayed true to it’s origins: the product. In 2006, Cirrus returns to San Francisco and takes gold. Over the next five years, demand for Cirrus grows on such a national scale, production cannot keep up. Instead of cutting corners, Cirrus decides to do it right. Additional investors are brought in to build a state of the art, stainless steel and copper still. Production stays true to it’s hands on start.

 

Cirrus uses only the finest ingredients and care to make the best tasting vodka available. We are glad to be back. And for those whom we have yet to meet, pull up a chair and let us introduce ourselves. Cirrus vodka. Hand crafted to be savored.

 

So what. Aren’t all vodkas made from potatoes?

 

No. Despite the common misconception that all vodkas are made from potatoes, the vast majority of vodkas are made from grains – usually wheat, rye, corn or a combination of the three.

 

So, why use potatoes?

 

Because potatoes make the best and smoothest vodka.

Potato vodkas are more expensive and much more difficult to produce than grain vodkas – but we think it’s worth the time and effort.

Awards

Since it was first introduced in 2004, Cirrus Vodka has won medals in numerous prestigious, international competitions.

 

Some of these include:

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    • 2006 Gold medal

      San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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    • 2006 Silver medal

      Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago

      “Highly Recommended”

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    • 2005 Silver medal

      San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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    • 2005 Silver medal

      Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago

      “Highly Recommended”

In addition to product awards, Cirrus Vodka was also awarded the bronze medal for its tastefully designed package in the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.