Monday, November 26, 2012

Event: St. George Spirits Celebrates 30 Years

Though I am primarily a wine guy, I can't resist mentioning the upcoming 30th anniversary party for St. George's Spirits, an Alameda (CA) distillery noted primarily for its Hanger One vodkas.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, the event is this Friday evening, November 30, from 7:30 to 10, at the distillery at 2601 Monarch St., Alameda. For you wine people, that's just down the street from RockWall Wines and around the corner from Rosenblum.

It's $75, which is pricey (though as a blogger in the area I'll probably be able to get in free, fair warning), but under the title "30 Years Under the Influence: St. George's Tale of Liquid Courage," the event will include attractions such as a panel discussion by the three founders who started the biz before the idea of craft liquors had gained traction and who now, in addition to their mainstay flavored vodkas also produce absinthe, gin, single-malt whiskey (my personal favorite of their lineup), rum agricola (whatever that is), and both coffee and tea liqueurs (which I've also never heard of -- have you?). There will be a Grand Tour of the joint, three specialty liqueurs ("decades-inspired"), and munchies.

Here's a pic of the three knuckleheads who were crazy enough to get into this business: Founder George Rupf and Distillers "resident evil genius" Lance Winters and "mad alchemist" Dave Smith.

Let me know if you decide to go, we can compare notes....

--Mac McCarthy   (@MacMcWong)

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