1. St. George Spirits
Location: Alameda, CA
The spirits: Terrior Gin, Absinthe Verte, B&E Bourbon, Single Malt Whiskey, California Agricole Rum, Hangar One Vodka (sold in 2010), brandies, and liqueurs
The distiller: One of the old school distillers on the list, St. George started in 1982 and paved the way, pioneering seldom-seen American versions of classic European spirits.
From the judges: "One of the pioneers of the craft spirits industry, St. George produces a range of excellent spirits and is led by master distiller Lance Winters who used to be, no joke, a US Navy nuclear engineer." - Noah Rothbaum, Liquor.com