A couple of weeks ago, Hubby and I went to a distillery tasting. This wasn’t on the original agenda for our Year of Dates, but when opportunities arise, you have to improvise. Neither of us are big drinkers, but it’s always interesting to see how things are made, especially when they are made with thought and attention to detail.
St. George Spirits is a small batch, craft distillery, located right here in the Bay Area. Hubby and I laugh at current buzzwords like “craft”, “artisanal”, “curated” as they reek of hipster-dom and sure enough we saw plenty of plaid shirts and intricate facial hair. But, moving beyond the hipster element, we got to enjoy and learn about a cool process and brand, from fruit to bottle.
We were lucky to be visiting at a time when thousands of pounds of organic Bartlett pears were waiting to be transformed into spirits, so the whole warehouse smelled of sweets pears. The tasting was lead but some very personable and informative Spirits Masters. The tasting included two gins, one rum, two liqueurs and… absinthe. Never been much of a gin person myself so I’m not a good judge of it, but I really liked the liqueurs we tasted.
It was a fun way to spend time together, exploring a less expected part of what the Bay Area has to offer. I would definitely go back with out of town guests because of top of a fine product, they have a sense of humor and a killer view of the whole Bay.