Drinkable Image: St. George Spirits, Alameda, California

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.

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

About Jeff Cioletti

I’m Jeff Cioletti and The Drinkable Globe marries my two greatest passions: fine drink and travel. The search for the former usually drives the latter. I'm the author of The Year of Drinking Adventurously. When I’m not traveling and drinking— aww, hell, who am I kidding, even when I am—I'm editor-at-large of Beverage World magazine and its companion site, beverageworld.com. I’ve been at Beverage World since January 2003. I’ve been interviewed on beverage-related topics for CNN, Fox Business News, CNBC, Beer Sessions Radio, Canada's ROB TV, NPR, BBC World, BBC Radio, The Associated Press, The New York Post, Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, Advertising Age, WCBS-TV and several other media outlets. Beyond the journalism gig, I’m also a filmmaker; I wrote, produced and co-directed the feature film, “Beerituality,” a comedy set in the world of craft beer. The film is available on at http://www.storenvy.com/products/510365-beerituality-dvd and can be streamed and downloaded at amazon.com

Posted on May 10, 2015, in Drinkable Image, shochu. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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