Across the Bay from San Francisco sits one of America’s most pioneering craft distillers.
St. George Spirits combines Old World craft with New World innovation.
The views of S.F. from the distillery are amazing.
The distillery is considered one of the best in the country for absinthe and in December 2007, the company produced the first commercially available American absinthe, St. George Absinthe Verte, since the lifting of the 1912 ban on making the spirit.
For some odd reason, there’s an animatronic shark mold from the movie, Deep Blue Sea hanging out inside.
The beautifully handcrafted stills were made in Holstein, Germany.
On the way to the hanger, there are many sites to see…
…including this beauty resting out in the bay.
Founder Jörg Rupf recognized the need to have a greater number of talented small distillers in this country, in order to create a critical mass or a movement.
Our tour guide was very informative and entertaining. His practical preventive hangover cure? A pint of water, two pieces of bread, a non-caffeinated multi-vitamin and a bottle of Pedialyte.
The distilleries ceiling is made entirely out of Redwood and it’s gorgeous.
The distillers at St. George Spirits work in exceptionally small batches with beautiful copper pot stills.
Over the years, St. George has expanded its portfolio extensively, from yearly releases of single malt whiskey, gins, rums and a one-of-a-kind New Orleans-style coffee liqueur.
Tours conclude in the tasting room with a guided tasting designed to help you learn how to approach and appreciate spirits. Each tasting includes a selection of six spirits—all made onsite! I only got through three of them. Hard alcohol is just not my thing, plus I had a long day ahead of me.
Tasting room & store.
St. George Spirits distillery tours ($20) are an extraordinary way to learn about craft distillation and artisanal spirits and well worth the trip across the Bay if you have the time.