BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS
OLD HARBOR DISTILLING CO.
Founder Michael Skubic believes whiskey is what
beer wants to be when it grows up. The sprawling
7,500-square-foot warehouse in San Diego’s East
Village produces rum, rye, bourbon, whiskey and
gin made with herbs plucked from Suzie’s Farm.
Tours are available Fridays and Saturdays; schedule
yours in advance on the distillery’s website.
270 17th St., East Village
KILL DEVIL SPIRIT CO.
Established in 2011 by a self-described group
of “rebellious geeks,” this boutique distillery
produces sophisticated handmade moonshine
and world-class unfiltered vodka finished
with pH-balanced alkaline water sourced
from a local artisanal well. Stop by for a tour
of the facility, six quarter-ounce samples and
a take-home Mason jar sampler glass.
2766 Via Orange Way, Suite O, Spring Valley
Named after a schooner that carted more contraband liquor than any other ship in the Pacific, this
craft distillery produces some of San Diego’s best
small-batch rum. Tastings are available Thursday
to Saturday and include samples of six artisanal
spirits, plus a souvenir glass.
8706 Production Ave., Miramar
TWISTED MANZANITA SPIRITS
An offshoot of Twisted Manzanita Ales, this
distillery brings the same attention to detail
to its lineup of craft spirits as it does to its
craft beers. Visit the tasting room on Friday or
Saturday to learn about the distilling process
and sample half a dozen spirits, including
Rebellious Rye Whiskey, Orange Vodka and
Oaked Bacon Moonshine.
10151 Prospect Ave., Santee
With the introduction of a line of
premium spirits, including rum, vodka,
gin and whiskey, Ballast Point (makers
of some of San Diego’s best craft
brews) proved to be a double-threat.
Guided tastings featuring pours of
six spirits are available daily.
10051 Old Grove Road, Miramar
LIBERTY CALL DISTILLING
This new distillery in Spring Valley aims to
bring new recipes and styles of spirits to San
Diego. White rum, spiced rum, dark rum, gin
and moonshine are currently available for sampling
Friday to Sunday by appointment only.
2739 Via Orange Way, Suite 110, Spring Valley
Liberty Call’s name honors San Diego’s tie to the navy as “Liberty
Call” means the time sailors are released from duty for R&R. The
“Call” is the sound of the Boatswain’s whistle which lets the crew
know that it’s time to get off the ship and take their “Liberty.”
The rise of craft spirits in San Diego proves beer isn’t the only beverage discerning
locals and visitors are thirsty for. Here’s where to sample and savor some of the
best local spirits made in SD.
Tropical drinks from sunny
places are the name of the
game at this open-air bar
overlooking Petco Park. Try
the Monkey’s Junk, a frozen
cocktail with bananas, coconut
and cacao-infused rum.
795 J St., East Village
Shake things up with an inven-
tive seasonal cocktail, or try a
drink sourced from guest
bartenders across the country.
2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy
The Lion’s Share
This dimly lit bar tucked away
in the Marina District is just the
place for creative and expertly
crafted cocktails. It’s the
preferred watering hole of
the city’s top bartenders.
629 Kettner Blvd., downtown
Cure what ails you at this
apothecary-styled bar with a
staggering selection of cocktails
(including several options on
draft), along with champagne
and beer cocktails.
4693 30th St., North Park
Seventies basement décor
sets the scene for an evening
of live music and updated
classic cocktails with cheeky
names, like Sext on the
Beach, Hardly Wallbanger
and Young Grasshopper.
3391 Adams Ave.,