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In Good Spirits

We recently visited San Francisco and had the opportunity to stop by nearby St. George Spirits and Hangar One Vodka who share space in Alameda, Calif. across the bay. There’s plenty of space to go around at their 65,000 square foot facility that’s located in a hangar on an old Naval base. The tasting room with San Francisco city vistas is worth a visit, and they’ve just introduced distillery tours on Saturdays. The friendly staff knows their stuff and will gladly explain how each product is made, as well as offer some recipe suggestions. If you haven’t gone spirits tasting before, we recommend it. While vodka is often defined as a “neutral” spirit without much flavor, sampling premium vodkas can reveal more complexity.

Highlights of our visit include the St. George single-malt whiskey with hints of cocoa and hazelnut and the well-rounded Hangar One Citron Buddha’s Hand infused vodka. If you don’t know what a Buddha’s Hand fruit looks like, see for yourself at Hangar One’s extensive website.

If you stop by, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue of Imbibe—we’re available for sale in their tasting room too!

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