St. George Spirits

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St. George Spirits
Founded Jorg Rupf, (January 4, 1982)
Headquarters Alameda, California, USA
Key people
Jorg Rupf, Lance Winters, Dave Smith
Products Vodka, Gin, Absinthe, Liqueur, Rum, Whiskey, Brandy
Website St. George Spirits

St. George Spirits is an artisanal distillery located in Alameda, California that produces a range of alcoholic beverages under the direction of Master Distiller Lance Winters.[1][2] They are known for producing vodka, absinthe, whiskey, rum, gin, brandy, liqueurs, and a range of exotic spirits.


St. George Spirits was founded in 1982 by Jorg Rupf, a pioneer in what has become the craft distilling movement.[3] Founded as an eau de vie distillery, St. George Spirits has steadily expanded their portfolio to include about a dozen spirits.[4]

In 1996, Jorg Rupf hired Lance Winters, a brewer and former nuclear scientist. One year later, Jorg and Lance began distilling and aging their single malt whiskey, which was first released in 2000. In 2004, St. George Spirits moved into its current location, a 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) airplane hangar on the former Alameda naval air station.[5]

In December 2007, the company produced the first commercially available American Absinthe, St. George Absinthe Verte, since the lifting of the 1912 ban on making the spirit.[6] Since then, St. George has continued to experiment with a number of spirits. Some of them, such as California Agricole Rum, have entered regular production while other "flights of fancy" like their oyster, Dungeness crab, kombu seaweed, and Christmas tree spirits have remained experiments.[7]

In 2010, Jorg Rupf retired from his 28-year career as master distiller of St. George Spirits. That same year, St. George sold their popular Hangar One Vodka line to Proximo Spirits so that they could focus their attention on new projects, including: agricole rum, gin, liqueurs, whiskey and Breaking & Entering Bourbon. In 2015 they released a new line of three vodkas, and in 2016 they brought out Bruto Americano, a California Amaro.[8]

In 2013, Maverick Drinks began distributing St. George Spirits in the UK.[9]


Current Spirits

  • Terroir Gin
  • Botanivore Gin
  • Dry Rye Gin
  • Absinthe Verte
  • Breaking & Entering Bourbon
  • St. George Single Malt Whiskey
  • California Agricole Rum
  • Fruit Brandies
  • Fruit Liqueurs
  • NOLA Coffee Liqueur

Discontinued spirits


  1. ^ Heather Bourbeau (Oct 26, 2008). "Spirited Away". 
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  3. ^ "Timeline". St. George Spirits. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Spirits". St. George Spirits. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Spirits". St. George Spirits. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ A Liquor of Legend Makes a Comeback
  7. ^ "Flights of Fancy". St. George Spirits. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Pape, Allie (1 May 2014). "Hangar One and St. George Spirits are Part Ways". Eater SF. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "St George Spirits on Maverick Drinks". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 

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