Monthly Archives: May 2015
Before there even was a craft spirits movement, there was St. George Spirits, founded in 1982. The company is known for its gin trio, Botanivore, Terroir and Dry Rye and a host of other innovations. When absinthe was legalized in the U.S. in 2007, St. George was the first out of the gate with its interpretation of the mythical and misunderstood spirit. Blink and you’ll miss its Single Malt whiskey, which is released in very limited quantities. St. George is one of the very few—perhaps only—American distillers making the Japanese spirit shochu, which is available exclusively at the Oakland, California restaurant, Ramen Shop. Here’s a look down a canyon of barrels at the distillery.
You’ll be like a kid in a candy store—if you’ve got a “sweet tooth” for classic cocktail accoutrements and barware—when you visit Barkeeper in L.A.’s Silver Lake district. A person could spend hours just browsing through the shop’s selection of artisanal bitters (top photo). If gin’s your thing, Barkeeper’s Ginspiration wheel (bottom) offers all of the colors—and then some—of the botanical rainbow.
Glasgow pub the Pot Still is a whisky-lover’s paradise. The bar stocks more than 600 selections from Scotland, as well as other parts of the whisk(e)y-making world. A list like that can be intimidating, but the super-knowledgeable bartenders are more than happy to help make sense of it.