A simple request on Twitter, followed by a quick answer by Genie at The Inadvertant Gardener, led me to St George Spirits, a company in Alameda, California, distilling Single-Malt Whiskey, American Vodka, Absinthe, Eaux du Vie (with locally sourced fruit) and now Tequila!
The story of how they make the Agua Azul (Spirit of Agave) is hysterical – first, they pound the agave pina, which does nothing (agave pina being extremely difficult to crack), then use machetes, chainsaws, hammermill and finally, a tree chipper. This last one they describe as “going all Fargo on the stuff”, which I think will appeal mightily to my mid-western husband!
St George Spirits has a tasting room in Alameda, but if you need to find some of these spirits closer to the Peninsula, I recommend Cask in San Francisco, on the corner of 3rd and Market, or Beltramo’s in Menlo Park (thanks Vanessa at Italy in SF for that tip!).
St George Spirits/Hangar One
2601 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Tasting Room open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-7pm, Sunday noon-6pm.
Distillery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm
Reservations required for groups larger than 4.
Tasting Room: 510.864.0635