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    AWARD: CRAFT WHISKY PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (GLOBAL)

    March 2015| St. George Spirits was named the Craft Whisky Producer of the Year at Whisky Magazine’s 2015 Icons of Whisky global awards in London—following up on our win in the same category at the Icons of Whisky awards for America last summer. More information about this tremendous honor is here.

    Launch update: St. George vodkas

    March 2015 | Our three new St. George vodkas are starting to show up at bars, restaurants, and spirits shops across the country! We have officially launched in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin—with more states coming soon.

    If you’re looking for any of our vodkas in a state we’ve already launched (or would like rollout information for another state), please email us (findmebooze(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stgeorgespirits.com) or give us a call (510-769-1601).

    Release news: St. George Vodkas are here!

    February 19, 2015 | Yes, it’s true! We are making vodka again! We are thrilled to introduce St. George All Purpose Vodka, Green Chile Vodka, and California Citrus Vodka.

    All three vodkas are available to taste here at the distillery tasting room as of today! We are excited to have you come by to taste, but as always, we advise booking ahead before making the trip over here.

    Our California distributor also now has all three of our new vodkas in stock, which means that NorCal and SoCal bars, restaurants, and spirits shops can start placing orders. Good news for Californians, who should start to see bottles pop up all over the state very soon!

    To make these three vodkas, we distill fresh produce and fruit on our copper stills using the same artisanal methods we rely on to make our flagship brandies and fruit liqueurs. Combining these distillates with a non-GMO base spirit results in three unique spirits that stand proudly among the rest of the St. George portfolio.

    All three new vodkas have also started rolling out to other parts of the country. Orders are on their way already to Arizona, Colorado, DC, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, and Washington, with many other states to follow shortly. Once our distribution partners receive their orders and start making deliveries, we’ll be able to help you find them.

    Release news: St. George vodkas coming soon

    January 2014 | Ready for another round? We are!

    If good things come in threes and good things come to those who wait, then you’re going to love our three new vodkas!

    Get ready for the upcoming release of:

    St. George All Purpose Vodka
    St. George Green Chile Vodka
    St. George California Citrus Vodka

    Bottling has begun, but we won’t be rolling out the new vodkas until all three have been bottled and orders have come in through our distributors (likely in late February for California, March for the rest of the country).

    For updates/release info, please keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and make sure you’re on our mailing list. (To subscribe, click the “Newsletter Signup” link at the bottom of this page.)

    Thanks for sharing our excitement!

    Award: Craft Whiskey of the Year

    December 2014 | Whisky Advocate has named St. George Single Malt Whiskey as Craft Whiskey of the Year. In bestowing this award, Lew Bryson writes: “Delicate fruit, nuts, and sweet malt combine like a perfect pastry in the nose. Add a bit of unsweetened chocolate on the palate, finishing with a lingering reminiscence of every bit of flavor, and you have a beautifully integrated whiskey that is unmistakably St. George.”

    A huge honor! For more, see here.

    Award: Craft Whiskey Producer of the Year (America)

    September 2014 | Whisky Magazine’s 2015 Icons of Whisky America awards have selected St. George Spirits as the Craft Whiskey Producer of the Year. For more information about the awards, as well as a full list of nominees and winners, see here.

    Release news: Lot 14 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey

    September 2014 | At last, Lot 14 of our single malt is on its way out of the distillery! Our California distributor just picked up its NorCal order today, which means that bottles should start showing up with select local spirits shops, restaurants, and bars soon. Shipments are also en route to Southern California, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, and Wisconsin, with other states to follow shortly.

    Local folks: We’ve gotten word from Heads, Hearts & Tails (the store located here at the distillery) that they already sold their entire allocation of Lot 14 (which was quite limited) to pre-orders, which means they will not have any more bottles available to purchase. We haven’t heard of any other retailers accepting pre-orders, so we wish you luck finding a bottle as inventory starts to land on local shelves.

    Please remember, this spirit is extraordinarily limited and precious—just over 3,000 bottles to share with you and every other whiskey freak on the planet! If you’re able to land a bottle, we hope you’ll enjoy every sip.

    Release news: California Reserve apple brandy & agricole rum

    September 2014 | Our new releases of St. George California Reserve Apple Brandy and California Reserve Agricole Rum are in the home stretch. We’ll be bottling both spirits before the month is out, which means they should start showing up locally sometime in October, and in other states thereafter. If you missed the last newsletter or need a refresher on these spirits, you can find details here. As always, when we have more specifics on release dates, we’ll share the info via our Facebook page and Twitter feed; if you want to be among the first to know, please follow us online!

    Breaking & Entering Bourbon on hold

    September 2014 | Sad news for bourbon fans: For the foreseeable future, we will not be bottling any more Breaking & Entering Bourbon.

    As we’ve stated from the get-go, B&E is a product of barrels we “stole” from some of the most esteemed bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and blended back here at our distillery in Alameda. In the three years since we began the B&E project, our costs for buying bourbon to blend into B&E have skyrocketed. We accepted lower margins because we saw B&E as a contribution to the category worthy of the St. George name and we wanted to be able to keep producing a spirit we love to drink—and share.

    Unfortunately, the bourbons that we want to blend into B&E are no longer for sale at any price.

    We believe that we’ll see those choicest barrels on the market again, but in the meantime the bourbon that we want simply doesn’t exist.

    We’re proud of B&E—a sourced and blended bourbon worthy of our legacy as America’s oldest craft distillery. We’re proud of our team that has shaped B&E into a relevant brand that customers care about and call for by name. While we’re disappointed that we don’t currently hold the casks to blend more B&E, we made the call not to compromise the integrity of what we put into B&E—even if that meant discontinuing the brand in the short term.

    Breaking & Entering didn’t exist a few years ago and we’re guessing that the bottles that remain on the market will get snapped up by bourbon lovers as passionate about B&E as you are. If you’re lucky enough to have a bottle at home or to spot some on the shelf of a spirits shop near you, please savor it—and know that

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    Award: Spirit Journal Hall of Fame

    September 2014 | Wow! We are hugely honored to have been inducted into the Spirit Journal Hall of Fame, along with fellow inductees Charbay Winery & Distillery, Germain-Robin, and Clear Creek Distillery.

    In the September issue of Spirit Journal, Paul Pacult writes: “These four home-grown distilleries proved to be the pioneering first generation, the trailblazing entities that persevered through the early years of artisanal distilling during the 1980s and early 1990s, when acceptance and recognition for non-mainstream spirits were spotty, at best.

    In 2014, 450 to 500 craft distillers are honing their skills across all 50 of the United States. This remarkable fact alone affirms the notion that (these four distilleries) provided the necessary platform and shone the beacons that guided this vigorous grassroots movement to its current place of influence and impact. The craft distilleries that followed… might not have started up at all weren’t for the legacy of the four new Hall of Fame inductees.”

    This is a tremendous honor from one of the most respected spirits publications in the world. We are humbled and grateful.