Distiller uses beef bones to create video game vodka

Spirits maker Rebel Distillers has used beef bones to create a new vodka that marks the launch of the Doom Eternal video game later this year.

Rebel Distillers, founded last year by London Distillery Company’s Matt McGivern, teamed up with publisher Bethesda Softworks to create Europe’s first spirit designed for a blockbuster video game. The team used ethically-sourced beef bones and other “organic ingredients” from London butcher The Ginger Pig to create Doom Bone Vodka. “We’re tapping into one of the world’s favourite hobbies, video games, to offer a unique perspective in spirit production," said McGivern. "Doom Eternal is a world of flames and demons, a barbecue pit with action – a smoked bone vodka is certainly a new take on spirit provenance.” The vodka is made from a wheat spirit base. Once the beef bones have been roasted and smoked, the marrow is extracted and macerated in neutral grain alcohol. The spirit is then distilled at a low temperature in a vacuum still. The resulting liquid is said to have a “dry, earthy start” on the palate, leading to an “umami and buttery feel on the tongue”, and “smoky, peppery” finish. Rebel Distillers will release a limited number of bottles of Doom Bone Vodka ahead of the release of Doom Eternal on 22 November. The vodka is priced at £45 (US$55) for a 700ml bottle. The first batch will be dispatched at the end of September. Rebel Distillers’ inaugural range was the experimental Rebel Rabbet, created in collaboration with London-based brewery Anspach and Hobday. In March this year, the firm unveiled its End of Austerity spirit, made with truffle, Beluga caviar and orris root.