head distiller/president of vices

Dave Smith

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After stints as a teacher and in winemaking, Dave Smith joined St. George Spirits in 2005 upon realizing that he was spending a healthy portion of his salary on alcohol.

Over the last 12 years, Dave has become an accomplished distiller with experience across St. George’s entire portfolio of spirits. “Soft-spoken yet sharply articulate and philosophical,” (Drink Me) he is widely admired in the distilling community and among bartenders for his “deep knowledge and passion for spirits” (San Francisco Bay Guardian).

Whiskey is truly Dave’s calling, however, and his prodigious talents have led him to become the chief custodian and guiding hand behind the St. George whiskey program. Dave’s palate and skill in the art of blending have shepherded the development of St. George Single Malt Whiskey from one release to the next—a delicate balancing act that requires keeping the spirit true to its original signature while incorporating older barrels as time goes on. Also bearing Dave's thumbprint; our Baller Single Malt Whiskey, the 30th Anniversary Edition of our single malt, and our Breaking & Entering Bourbon.

Outside the world of whiskey, Dave has also gained recognition for developing St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur. He was also the driving force behind our various Faultline collaborations with K&L Wine Merchants. Also notable are his collaborations with Sierra Nevada, the Exploratorium, and Blacksmith Cellars.