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Where to Explore California’s Growing Artisanal Distillery Scene

Where to Explore California’s Growing Artisanal Distillery Scene

Get an inside look at California’s booming artisanal distillery scene with these expert recommendations
Posted 4 years agoby Matt Jaffe

Just about everyone knows California produces some of the world’s best wines and craft beers. But along with the Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley and the Double IPAs of San Diego, California also has a growing community of artisanal distilleries making everything from tropical rums to aquavit, a spirit popular in Scandinavia.

On the most recent California Now Podcast, Ryan Friesen, vice president of the California Artisanal Distillers Guild, talks about the rise of Golden State craft distilling. About 200 licensed distilleries now operate in California and the innovative distilling culture is anything but traditionbound. “We’re not beholden to old rules or anything like that, real or perceived,” says Friesen. “We kind of have carte blanche to do whatever we want.”

If you’re looking to visit a distillery, here are some of Friesen’s recommendations.

 

Malahat Spirits Co., San Diego

About 17 craf