On the somewhat deserted Alameda Naval Base is St. George Spirits. Jorg Rupf started St. George Spirits 25+ years ago, with a vision of producing small batches of Eau de vie, (a clear colored fruit brandy). Using the highest quality fruit and ingredients St. George Spirits grew to America's premier craft distiller producing, Eau de vie, grappa, whiskey, liqueur, a reserve collection, and their insanely popular Hangar One Vodka.
The other week I attended Hangar One-St.George Spirits Open House. The old airplane hangar, now impeccably clean distillery was packed with ice sculptures, spirit tastings, music, catered food, and stations from local vendors such as Recchiuti Chocolates.
Upstairs in the private tasting room, a small group of people were able to hear Jorg speak about his methods while tasting his product, including his newest product line, Agua Azul. Agua Azul is made from 100% blue agave - (the tequila weed of the Agave tequilana species, is an agave plant that is an important economic product of Jalisco state in Mexico.)
Me, (Deidre) with Jorg
Recchiuti Chocolates had a table filled with amazing chocolates.
Jorg teaching his secrets to a small group of St. George patrons.