Stateside Vodka Founders

The Stateside Story

Perhaps you want to hear a romantic tale about a long family lineage of vodka distillers. Maybe you’re interested in a story involving catalogs of top-secret recipes.

That is not our story. Our story began with a conversation that consisted of eight words:

“Do you want to start making vodka?”


Across the highly competitive landscape of super premium vodka, how do you make a difference? Practice. And practice often. In 2013 we noticed a corner of our parent’s basement that was going heavily unused. It was in this subterranean alcove that we established our headquarters. We scraped together every last cent we could and in no time had the makings of our very own distillery. This is where Stateside Vodka truly began. Over the months, we tweaked and perfected our recipe until we had something we knew was special. That is until our father discovered our operation and decided his home was not the place to make alcohol.

Now even though our test lab had been unceremoniously shut down, we never lost hope. We had been keeping samples of our different distilling runs for months, thus we had some ammo. We shipped some samples off to a professor at Michigan State and a week later we received a call offering us a position for the summer. Game on.

The summer in Michigan was like a dream come true. We were distilling like crazy and learning at an incredible rate. But before we knew it, the summer was over. It was time to get back to Philadelphia, and get down to business. In the winter of 2014, through a set of very fortuitous events, we were introduced to the president of a globally prominent liquor company. As a sign of appreciation, we shared some of our samples with him. An hour later we were given our first private contract to work on their products. The following week we were on a plane headed to Europe. Destination: Bielsko-Biała, Poland.

When we returned stateside, we finished up our business plan. Using our years of research, it was finally time to find investors. That same winter, a friend called to inform us that he was heading to the birthday party of a man named Clement Pappas. Clement happened to be the former CEO of a massive juice manufacturing company turned angel investor. We were interested. We armed our friend with a fresh business plan and told him to place it in Clement’s office. A week later we got the call. And just like that, Federal Distilling and Stateside Vodka were born.

The last years have been a testament of hard work and steadfast determination. Clement and his brother Zachary joined the team as our investors and continue to work with the business on a daily basis. A lot of people ask us, “What’s next?” Federal Distilling doesn’t have a “what’s next”. We have a, “here and now”. We are concentrated on doing one thing and doing it well. And right now, that one thing is Stateside Vodka.

  • Susan & Steve
    Posted at 09:32h, 21 February Reply

    looking forward to it, live in the burbs with weekend visits to the kids that live in the city, we have become drink and crawl regulars until fit to go to a concert and drive home – living the dream

  • Amy Beauregard
    Posted at 13:48h, 22 March Reply

    I must admit, I am not a vodka drinker; I drink gin. However, being an open-minded good sport, I sampled Stateside at the PA Wine & Spirits tasting during the PHS Flower Show and I did something I almost never do, I brought home a bottle of vodka. Yours. Stateside. It was utterly fantastic. Super smooth and great-looking packaging to boot. Congratulations and Well Done! I now hope there’s a tour.

  • Jalen
    Posted at 15:04h, 20 July Reply

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm LOVE the new header! Pink and orange is my favorite combo, hands down (also happened to be my wedding colors)- it immeliatedy caught my eye and made me happy! Happy June!

  • Nicole Romano
    Posted at 19:45h, 05 August Reply

    Hi, I’m thinking of doing the spirits dinner at Morgan’s pier this month, I wanted to know if your vodka is gluten free?

    • Jenna Silverman
      Posted at 10:30h, 09 August Reply

      Hi Nicole!
      Stateside Urbancraft Vodka is 100% gluten free made with 100% GMO-free corn.

  • Tameko Perry
    Posted at 17:53h, 09 April Reply

    Had the opportunity to visit the brewery for a tour today with my fiancée and fell in love with the clean fresh crisp taste of vodka at stateside!!! Purchased a bottle to share with family and friends.. This place rocks!!!

  • Carla Christina
    Posted at 09:49h, 24 April Reply

    Your vodka reminds me when vodka was only in vodka flavor. A fantastic vodka is when you can’t taste it. I just love it! My husband and I are forever fans!

  • Curtis Nyssen
    Posted at 10:11h, 20 July Reply

    I am a vodka drinker tried and true. I was impressed when I drank yours. You just bumped Grey Goose out of my freezer. Great job on the packaging. The uniqueness of the bottle and packaging is what caught my eye.

  • Isaac Nelson
    Posted at 19:07h, 25 January Reply

    Hi! Where else do you distribute too besides Philadelphia?

    • Andrew Hueston
      Posted at 13:04h, 12 February Reply

      We are in most PA markets as well as Delaware, NJ and DC.

  • John DiGiacomo
    Posted at 16:33h, 15 April Reply

    For years the only liquor I drank was Southern Comfort. I was known for it. On the beach last summer my friend from Port Richmond had a bottle of Stateside and some lemonade. We drank the bottle in about an hour. Since then when I drink it’s stateside and OJ. I went into my neighborhood bar after the day at the beach and my bartender put a soco and lime on the bar. When I said no I’ll have a stateside amd OJ she looked at me for a couple minutes in utter disbelief. Haven’t had soco since. It’s so smooth you don’t. Even taste it. Slightly chilled I can chug the bottle, not to mention the bottle itself is awesome. Great job fellas, I recommend it to everyone.

  • Thomas keeley
    Posted at 21:02h, 16 June Reply

    I am a vodka chilled drinker I’m 71 yrs of age have been drinking vodka since my late 20s have tried almost every vodka out there last vodka of choice was Tito’s even before that became popular. I have just tried your vodka chilled up and I have to honestly say it beats Tito’s and any of the others I’ve tried over the years.

  • Eric Grove
    Posted at 18:34h, 21 January Reply

    Just tried Stateside for the first time at the RV show in Pittsburgh. WOW! Absolutely smooth, original taste!! So delicious I bought a bottle on the spot. Very cool bottle too! Tito who?

  • Sandra Ackley
    Posted at 12:41h, 25 February Reply

    Have to shout out here to Stateside Vodka. My girlfriend & I ditched our hubbies and attended an event at Reading Terminal Market this past Saturday night. Our first drink = she wanted to to martini’s. I haven’t been a vodka person for years, but I started and didn’t stop all evening. It was a perfect drink for the evening and we’ll pick up a bottle to enjoy now at home. Very smooth and easy to drink with no challenges the next day. At our age – that is literally the perfect vodka for us.
    thank you

  • Grapes
    Posted at 19:11h, 08 March Reply

    Tried stateside last night and I am very satisfied smooth. I purchased a bottle fir myself and I plan to cherish this fabulous new volka. The sales person at the Wine and Spirit shared that she had to go to the back to pick it up, she said is very good, a little bit expensive, but worth it.

  • Heather L Grutzmacher
    Posted at 15:21h, 14 June Reply

    Hello and thank you In advance. Seeking to connect for some distillery expansion projects along w some corporate wellness field trip locations etc! In essence the balance of life between work life balance and lifestyle consciousness. As a cheltenham local business owner now at Amrita Yoga a few local friends suggested that Stateside and Bluecoat would be a great fit! Namaste

  • Paul C Pfender
    Posted at 14:41h, 17 June Reply

    Hey guys, my wife and I also enjoyed Stateside at the PHS Flower show this year. Two questions: 1). How do I go about getting a personalized bottle, and 2). Can you tell me again where to get the fabulous tonic you were pouring that afternoon?

  • teresa banasick
    Posted at 16:40h, 01 April Reply

    I have always been a Tito’s vodka drinker but I so love this product!!!! just ordered this morning and arrived this afternoon!! had to have a small taste absolutely wonderful so very smooth!! Going to top off our small Easter Holiday!! Excellent service!!! very friendly and kind staff!!!!!

  • steven segal
    Posted at 10:19h, 15 April Reply

    Do you still have the Black Label Bourbon? Received as gift want to drink more of this smooth and silky bourbon Are you open for take out or just delivery,
    Steven Segal

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