Make no mistake about it: San Diego is a city that loves anything and everything with the word "craft" attached to it. Now that SD has dominated craft brewing and stepped up its drinking game with some pretty impressive craft cocktail programs, it was only a matter of time before craft distilling blew up. And it has! Here are seven places making the hard stuff that you'll want to put on your drinking agenda.
Ballast Point was a part of the craft brewing scene in San Diego before there was such a thing as a craft brewing scene in San Diego, so it's no surprise that a decade later they opened the first craft liquor distillery in North County. They started off with their award-winning Old Grove gin in 2008 and productions have continued from there. Now they’re winning multiple awards for almost all of their 14 spirit varieties including gins, rums, vodkas, whiskies, and an herbal liqueur. They’ve even branched out into a couple of mixers for Bloody Marys and Mai Tais. Thanks to a change in California’s tasting room laws last year Ballast Point opened a speakeasy-inspired spirits tasting room at their Scripps Ranch location where you can taste six samples for $10 including some of their more limited offerings that you can’t get on the shelf.