Demand for Ukrainian vodka surges at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale amid Russian invasion

SAGINAW, MI – As support for Ukraine grows amid Russia’s invasion of the country, now in its second week, customer demand for Ukrainian vodka at a wine, beer and spirits from central Michigan is also increasing.

After a post on the Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale Facebook page highlighted the store’s Ukrainian vodka selection earlier this week, bottles of Khor and Nemiroff began flying off the shelves.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in demand,” said company owner Jeff Oppermann.

“We’re selling more now than we’ve probably sold in a while, and people are specifically asking for Ukrainian vodka,” added sales associate Larry Robinson. “It’s a way to support them.

Robinson said Ukrainian vodka is inexpensive considering the quality of the product, with standard-sized bottles ranging from $14.99 to $19.99.

“Khor vodka is Eastern European style. It is distilled up to seven times, which gives it a certain purity and clarity, but it has a little more taste; a little more intensity,” he said. “It’s very affordable for the quality they provide.”

In its recent Facebook post, Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale invited customers to explore its selection of Ukrainian vodka, including a photo of its product offerings.

“The response on Facebook, virtually all of the comments, has been overwhelmingly supportive, and I think people appreciate that we’re taking a positive stance to support the Ukrainian cause,” Robinson said.

He said some people were throwing Russian vodka, or at least what they think was Russian vodka, to protest the war. But, he noted, some Russian-labeled vodkas are made in the United States and, contrary to popular belief, Smirnoff is made in Latvia.

“If you’re going to take a stand this way, make sure you do your homework,” Robinson said.

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