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Local vodka maker Sloop Betty looks to go brown

Blackwater Distilling is an unassuming operation tucked in an industrial park just across the Bay Bridge in Stevensville. Five years ago they quietly became Maryland's first licensed distillery in nearly four decades. In 2011 they poured their first potent potable, Sloop Betty, an organic vodka fashioned from wheat and sugarcane whose bottle sports a leggy, pin-up lass inspired by World War II airplane-nose art. Betty made a splash in the already jostling top-shelf vodka market, winning Gold Medal and Best in Show accolades at last year's New York World Wine and Spirit Competition, and earning a 94-point rating from the beverage trade publication The Tasting Panel. Her gams are...