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
Special thanks to our judges:
Bill Norris (Alamo Drafthouse), Nick Bennett (Booker and Dax), Tom Thornton (Austinist), Paul Zablocki and Steve Schul (Cocktail Buzz), Leslie Pariseau (PUNCH), Natalie Bovis (The Liquid Muse), Amanda Schuster (Alcohol Professor), Jeffery Lindenmuth (Beverage Media), Francine Cohen (InsideFandB.com), Warren Bobrow (The Cocktail Whisperer), Noah Rothbaum (Liquor.com), Paul Clarke (Imbibe Magazine), Alia Akkam (Edible Queens), Nico Martini (Cocktail Enthusiast), and David Alan (Tipsy Texan).