My favorite mad scientists, the fine distillers at St. George Spirits have just released their first gin… and their second… and their third.  This delectable trio of new gins is incredibly diverse and unique. When I mentioned the endeavor in an article earlier this year, master distiller Lance Winters only described what would become the Terroir gin, with a flavor-profile constructed from his experiences around Mt. Tamalpais, but this spawned more experimentation and further product development and now three gins are hitting the streets at the same time.


  • St. George Terroir Gin 

An “ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State,” I find Terroir to be the most aggressive of the three, and the trees really sing out from this evergreen-inspired spirit, made with hand-foraged, local botanicals.  Because Mount Tam played muse in its creation, St. George will donate a portion of proceeds to the California State Parks Foundation.

  • St. George Botanivore Gin

The generalist of the three, the beautifully balanced Botanivore melds in a lovely way with most any gin cocktail recipe. Although every gin must include juniper, it’s only one among nearly 20 botanical ingredients, making this herbaceous gin more gentle than most.

  • St. George Dry Rye Gin

Gorgeous in a Negroni, the Dry Rye Gin is made from 100% rye distillate giving it a spicy warmth and it includes only five other ingredients, four of which are there to enhance the flavor of the fifth, a double dose of juniper.

Party With Me At The Distillery!

If you’re in the Bay Area and want to experience these new gins in every wonderful way, St. George is throwing a Bathtub Gin BBQ this Sunday at the distillery in Alameda to celebrate the conclusion of SF Cocktail Week. If it’s anything like last year (or even if they have nothing in common but location and cocktails) it is not to be missed!

A half-dozen of the best local bartenders have been carefully crafting cocktail recipes for this event  (I know because a couple used me as a guinea pig), the distillery staff has created another, and there will also be a G&T made with homemade tonic from Pizzaiolo’s Kate August, a Gibson made with onions from Studebaker Pickles, and samples of the new gins straight, and it’s only $35 to try them all!

Photos from last year’s Cocktail Week event at St. George

Time: Sunday, September 25, 2011 4-7 p.m.
Place: St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch St., Alameda
Tickets: $35 in advance; $45 at the door (food available for purchase)

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