27 Nov Fox News – Craft Spirits for the Booze Snob on Your List
Craft distilleries are popping up in all sorts of unusual places, from former welding shops to woodworking studios, as a new generation of American distillers focuses on bringing grain to glass. These unique small batch spirits will make great gifts for the cocktail lovers in your life – or add some spice to your own bar for holiday entertaining.
Spirit Works Distillery Sloe Gin
One of the few grain-to-glass gin producers in the country, Sebastopol, Calif.-based Spirit Works is slowly reintroducing the liqueur known as sloe gin to the U.S. market.
Co-owner Timo Marshall hails from a small village in England, where the tradition of hand-picking sloes (a small fruit related to the plum) and macerating them in gin goes back for generations. Marshall’s wife, Ashby, the head distiller, makes Spirit Works’ base gin from scratch, sourcing organic wheat from Northern California and milling, mashing and fermenting on site. European sloes (they aren’t grown in sufficient quantities in the U.S.) macerate in the gin for months to create the appealing red liqueur. Traditionally served as an after-dinner digestive, Spirit Works Sloe Gin is an increasingly popular mixer among bartenders in San Francisco and beyond. $45.