Food & Drink

7 San Diego Distilleries You Need to Know

Published On 08/10/2015 Published On 08/10/2015
Courtesy of Tim Stahl
Courtesy of Old Harbor
Courtesy of California Spirits Company
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1. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits 10051 Old Grove Rd, San Diego, CA 92131 (Mira Mesa)

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.

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2. Old Harbor Distilling Co. 270 17th St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

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.

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3. California Spirits Company 382 Enterprise St, San Marcos, CA 92708 (San Marcos)

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.

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4. Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits 10151 Prospect Ave, Santee, CA 92071 (La Mesa)

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.

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5. Kill Devil Spirit Co. 2766 Via Orange Way, Spring Valley, CA 91978 (La Mesa)

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.

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6. Malahat Spirits 8706 Production Ave, San Diego, CA 92121

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.