By Janet Levaux
Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 8:42 am in Uncategorized.
The Alameda City Council will discuss the expansion of Hangar One Vodka production at Alameda Point on Jan. 21.
Hangar One Vodka is now owned by Proximo Distillers, who bought the brand from Alameda-based St. George Spirits in 2010 and has been making it for the new owner for the past four years.
Now, Proximo would like to produce the vodka on its own in Building 22, 2505 Monarch St., and is negotiating a 10-year lease with the city, with the option to extend the lease for a second decade.
According to city documents, Proximo is a privately owned, premium spirits importer based in Jersey City, N.J. Some of its other brands include 1800 Tequila, Azul Tequila, El Zarco Tequila, Gran Centenario Tequila, Jose Cuervo, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Three Olives Vodka, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Matusalem Rum, Agavero Liqueur, Boodles Gin, and Stranahan’s Whiskey.
Proximo says it would like to keep the brand in Alameda and create a brand/tourism center.
In addition to its proposed distillery in Alameda, Proximo also operates a whiskey distillery in Colorado and one of the largest distilled spirits bottling plant in North America, which is located in Indiana.
Proximo plans to triple Hangar One Vodka production over the next five years and “a world-class brand and consumer experience in Alameda.”
In addition to retail and tasting room staff, Proximo will need to hire a full production staff for distilling and bottling.
The base rent is roughly $8,200 per month–after discounts for building improvements. It increases to $11,000 per month over the next 10 years.