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Micro-Distilleries?


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Aside from the one (St. George Spirits) mentioned in the linked article, the distilleries I know of in CA are:

Anchor Brewing (Gin, Whiskey)

Jepson Wine (Brandy)

Germain Robin (Brandy, Grappa)

Number 209 (Gin)

Hangar One (Vodkas)

Sarticious (Gin)

Domaine Charbay (Vodka, Whiskey)

added link to St. George

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Erik Ellestad

If the ocean was whiskey and I was a duck...

Bernal Heights, SF, CA

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McMenamins, the Northwest microbrew empire, runs a distillery near Portland, Oregon, that makes whiskey, two types of brandy, a pear eau-de-vie, a Genever-style gin and a coffee liqueur. I've tried none of them, since you can only buy bottles at two places around Portland, and I haven't been to one of their pubs in ages.

Rogue, another Oregon-based microbrewery, operates a distillery near Seattle that makes a white rum. I picked up a bottle a few months ago and, while it's not worth the $26 price, it's a fairly decent rum, with a depth and body similar to white Jamaican rums like Appleton or Myers Platinum.

Paul Clarke

Seattle

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I recently found out about a distillery in Graton/Petaluma (Sonoma) called Stillwater Spirits. I guess the proprietor's name is Donald Payne. My impression from the gentleman I was talking to was they had some relationship to the now defunct Gan Eden winery.

I know they make a grappa.

Beyond that, I am still trying to track down more information, as I am hoping they might be a reasonable, local source for Eau de Vie and/or grappa.

-Erik

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Erik Ellestad

If the ocean was whiskey and I was a duck...

Bernal Heights, SF, CA

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I was just intorduced to Old Potrero Rye (By Anchor) at Pegu Club in New York. Both are good (the bartender let me sample both the 18th Century Style and 100% Rye Whiskey) but the 18th Century Style is out-of-this-world. (Which promptly was mixed into a fantastic "Little Italy"--a creation of Audrey Sanders that adds Cynar to a Manhattan. Wow.)

Dogfish Head's honey rum is interesting (softer and sweeter than most gold rums).

Clear Creek Distillery makes an excellent kirsch and dry poire williams.

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