ANOTHER JAMES BEARD NOMINATION FOR FOUNDER Jörg Rupf
February 2014 | For the fifth year running, St. George founder Jörg Rupf has been honored by the James Beard Foundation with a nomination for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. Deemed “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine, the James Beard Awards are widely considered to be the highest accolade in American culinary circles—and we’re honored and proud to see Jörg recognized again for his pioneering role in the American craft distilling movement.
For more on the awards and the full list of 2014 semifinalists, see here.
THRILLIST NAMES ST. GEORGE BEST CRAFT DISTILLER
February 2014 | St. George Spirits was voted #1 craft distiller in America by a panel of 15 esteemed spirits judges (selected by Thrillist for being “smart people who drink a ton”).
When the votes were counted, our history as “one of the old-school distillers on the list” and “one of the pioneers of the craft spirits industry”—coupled with our “range of excellent spirits”—landed us the top spot. See the results here.
As the craft spirits segment grows to include many excellent distilleries across the country, we’re honored to have both our heritage and current family of spirits recognized by so many industry professionals.
Release news: new St. George brandies and liqueurs
December 2013 | We distilled 120,000 pounds of organic, dry-farmed Bartlett pears this autumn—so we hope y’all are thirsty! Coming soon to a glass near you: St. George Pear Brandy and Spiced Pear Liqueur.
Pear brandy is actually our flagship spirit—the inspiration for establishing St. George Spirits back in 1982—but we’re about to relaunch our line of brandies and liqueurs (formerly known by the name Aqua Perfecta) under the St. George banner. The new brandies and liqueurs will be available in 750ml bottles (priced smart for bar use) and 200ml bottles (just right for experimentation at home and gift-giving).
Also on their way: our new St. George Raspberry Brandy and Raspberry Liqueur.
Our new brandies and liqueurs will start popping up in California just in time for the holidays and will roll out nationally in the new year.
Excited as we are? Read more about our flagship/brand-spankin’-new fruit spirits here and get in touch if you’d like to find a bottle near you!
Release news: Lot 13 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey
August 2013 | Great news, single malt fans! Lot 13 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey has been bottled and is starting to make its way to bars, restaurants, and finer retailers across the land.
Lot 13 is an elegant blend of 14 barrels of whiskey ranging 4–13.5 years in age. 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die says that ours “might just be the best U.S. single malt available today,” so needless to say, this is a spirit worth seeking out and treasuring.
We have started to ship bottles out from the distillery via our distributors and expect Lot 13 to start hitting shelves (in about 20 states total) within the next week or so. This is a very limited release and it will sell out very quickly—in fact, Head, Hearts and Tails (the onsite store at the distillery) has already sold out of its entire allocation due to go-getters calling ahead to place pre-orders. If you’re interested in securing a bottle or two of your own, we advise you to call your favorite retailer(s) now to put in a request. If you need assistance tracking down a bottle in your area, as always, we are happy to help (info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stgeorgespirits.com, 510-769-1601).
Release news: St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin
August 2013 | St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin is a totally new release for us—and great news for whiskey fans, gin fans, and wine fans! To make this singular spirit, we rested our malty, spicy Dry Rye Gin in French and American oak wine casks that previously held Grenache rosé and Syrah.
Because rye whiskey is the base spirit of our Dry Rye Gin, it lent itself beautifully to some time in barrel (about a year and a half in this case).
The barrels came from local Blacksmith Cellars, run by winemaker Matt Smith—brother of St. George blender/distiller Dave Smith. We like to think of the resulting elixir as a gift to the gods of whiskey, gin, and wine.
Serious Eats scored a sneak peak and loved it!
Our Dry Rye Reposado Gin is a very limited release, so we expect every bottle to be snapped up quickly. Residents of AZ, CA, CO, DC, GA, IL, MA, NV, NY, WA can look to their preferred local liquor stores. Residents of other states can try to score a bottle via mail order. As always, we’d love to help to find some (info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stgeorgespirits.com, 510-769-1601).
Release news: St. George California Agricole Rum
July 2013 | St. George California Agricole Rum is now available! Formerly known as Agua Libre (the name under which it won a Good Food Award and a gold medal in a Ministry of Rum blind tasting), our rum now has a new name and a new bottle. St. George California Agricole Rum is comparable to some of the finest rhums from Martinique, but made from 100% California sugarcane. If you haven’t already had the chance to try it, get ready for a seriously wild, aromatic spirit. We love this rum in a Hemingway Daiquiri, a Ti Punch, and other classic rum drinks—and Maggie Hoffman of Serious Drinks says it “makes one of the best Cuba Libres I’ve ever tried.”
We crushed ~150,000 pounds of fresh California sugarcane in order to make a batch of St. George California Agricole Rum large enough to distribute nationally. Bottles are now making their way to stores and bars in California, DC, Florida, Illinois, and Oregon—with many more states on the way. If you’re interested in trying it, get in touch (info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stgeorgespirits.com, 510-769-1601) so we can help you find a watering hole that can pour you a taste or a retailer that will sell you a bottle of your own.
Distribution update: more US states + internationally
July 2013 | Our spirits are now available in more places than ever!
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Singapore: now available
Canada: now available in Alberta and BC, coming soon to Ontario and Manitoba
United Kingdom: coming soon
Sweden: coming soon
Hong Kong: coming soon
If you have questions about availability or need help locating our products near you, please reach out to our office (info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stgeorgespirits.com, 510-769-1601) for assistance. We are always happy to help people find our spirits.
MICHAEL POLLAN AT THE DISTILLERY
May 2013 | A program/book party here at the distillery on Thursday, May 23 for Michael Pollan’s new book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Pollan will join Davia Nelson of NPR’s Kitchen Sisters in conversation, and will be on-hand afterwards to sign books and do bone luges (just kidding about that last part).
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore and Community Grains are co-hosting; bites will be provided by Oliveto Restaurant, Let’s Be Frank, Bi-Rite Market, and Mr. Espresso.
UPDATE: The guest list to this event is full.
St. George founder Jörg Rupf nominated for 2013 James Beard Award
February 2013 | Last year, when St. George founder Jörg Rupf was named a semifinalist for a James Beard award for the third year running, we hesitated to call him the Susan Lucci of the Beard awards. Now that he’s garnered his fourth nomination for his groundbreaking role in the American craft distillation movement, we’re as proud as ever. Congratulations, Jörg!
St. George Wins East Bay Innovation Award
February 2013 | The East Bay Economic Development Alliance named St. George Spirits an East Bay Innovation Award winner among some very inspiring local company (like local game-changers Tesla Motors and Pandora!). Watch distiller Lance Winters and other honorees talking about entrepreneurship and innovation in the East Bay here.