1. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits10051 Old Grove Rd, San Diego
2. Old Harbor Distilling Co.270 17th St, San Diego
3. California Spirits Company382 Enterprise St, San Marcos
4. Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits10151 Prospect Ave, Santee
5. Kill Devil Spirit Co.2766 Via Orange Way, Spring Valley
6. Malahat Spirits8706 Production Ave, San Diego
In a city with its fair share of breweries, Ballast Point manages to distinguish itself. Not only does it offer a wide variety of beers for every brew patron's palette, it also concocts its own in-house spirits. Originality is the name of the game here and you'll find some distinct and exotic flavors that no other brew crew can duplicate.
The harder side of Michael Skubic's business interests (the other being Hess Brewing Company, which he co-founded), this distillery brews San Miguel southwestern gin, Barrelflag navy-strength rum, and Ampersand cold-pressed coffee liqueur.
This small distillery received acclaim for its first product: Avalon Silver Rum. They beat out more well known brand like Bacardi with it, but quickly started moving on to new things. Definitely get your hands on some if you're a rum fan.
After starting in the world of craft beer, Twisted Manzanita now produces a variety of craft liquors. They distill rye whiskey, vodka, and moonshine year round while rotating in brandys and cellos seasonally.
The opening of Kill Devil in 2011 marked the first time San DIego has a licensed distillery since Prohibition. Now they're distilling an unfiltered vodka, an award-winning gin, a California moonshine, and a caffeinated moonshine.
Like its namesake, the prohibition-era rum running ship that delivered contraband spirits to the people of SoCal, Malahat Spirits Co. delivers its locally distilled rum to people all over the county. Their distillery also has a tasting room, designed by Michael Soriano, where you can learn about how they make their rum as you sample the goods.