ALLENTOWN, PA – Russell Scott Fletcher discovered his passion for distilling in 2009 when he started making wine.

“What I learned very early in winemaking is that if you don’t own the vineyard all the way, you can be pushed out of the market very, very quickly. That’s what happened,” says Fletcher.

Therefore, he began to distill vodka instead.

He named his vodka “Mishka Vodka,” which means “bear” or “bear” in Eastern European languages, as a tribute to his Ukrainian wife.

His vodka won gold twice at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

Now produces “Honey”, classic and cranberry vodka.

Its distillery is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, making it the first and only black distiller in the state.

“When people hear that, they say, ‘Wait, that can’t be true; you mean to tell me we only have one black-owned distillery?!” says Fletcher.

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