St. George Spirits takes its distilling seriously. Drop by its namesake distillery in Alameda to tour the converted naval base and airplane hangar, and to witness how the wizards-turned-distillers transform grains and fruit into alcohol. Oh, and you get to taste a lot of spirits too.
For those who can’t find a willing DD, and yes, you will need one, the ferry from SF drops you off ½ a mile from St. George Spirits.
The hangar was built in the '40s and was used by the Navy until 1997. St. George Spirits moved in in 2000. In 2001 a section of highway was constructed on the former runways to shoot "The Matrix: Reloaded".
The tasting room often gets crowded, particularly on weekends. Book ahead online by calling (510) 769-1601.
"Don't be afraid of their whiskey or the absinthe. The whiskey has a great coffee/chocolate flavor."
Everyone goes to Napa to taste wine, but few know that you can hop across the bay to Alameda to do some high-quality spirits tasting. St. George Spirits gives tours where visitors roam the distillery, learn artisanal methods of vodka-production, and soak up the perfectly preserved WWII industrial architecture.
After the tour, thirsty patrons settle into the tasting room for floor-to-ceiling views of San Francisco and things can get a little raucous in the tasting room, what with all the spirits flowing. Guests are encouraged to mingle with each other and the staff are just as friendly and fun as the visitors.