Twelve years ago, we created Hangar One Vodka. Four years ago, we sold the brand to Proximo Spirits, but agreed to continue producing Hangar One—for four years. With us so far? Okay then... (Spoiler alert!)
Yup, our Hangar One production contract has run its course. The time has come for us to bid a bittersweet farewell to Hangar One and a big THANK YOU to all the Hangar One fans out there who have supported us these last 12 years.
If you're interested in what's next for Hangar One Vodka, www.hangarone.com is your go-to.
As for us? Our St. George family of gins, absinthe, brandies, liqueurs, and other spirits is keeping us busier than ever. Plus, we have a few new barrel-aged spirits we're super excited to share with you: St. George Apple Brandy and a barrel-aged expression of our St. George California Agricole Rum should be in your glass by the fall.
But what about vodka? Will St. George ever make vodka again? Yes. We're looking forward to the day we can mix Vespers with our own vodka and gin, Black Russians with our own vodka and coffee liqueur, and pear martinis with our own vodka and pear brandy. That delicious day isn't here yet, but when it finally arrives, trust us, you'll be the first to know.
Speaking of delicious days... From classic cocktails to modern art, we're gearing up for some tasty happenings:
MAY 9–13 | MANHATTAN COCKTAIL CLASSIC
New York | Join our own Andie Ferman for Smell the Rainbow: An Exploration of the Color of Flavor. Held on Saturday, May 10 at Middle Branch in collaboration with Dipsology, the seminar will explore how distillers and bartenders work with the “colors” of flavor to create vivid beverage experiences. Tickets here!
MAY 18 | NOT YOUR MOTHER’S GARDEN PARTY
Alameda | A garden party benefiting the community outreach programs of Alameda Point Collaborative. This will be an afternoon of music and outdoor fun, with a farm-to-table tasting menu using produce from APC’s own Farm2Market program and refreshing libations using our spirits and garden-fresh seasonal ingredients from Ploughshares Nursery. Tickets here!
MAY 21 | THE ART OF THE MODERN DRINK
San Francisco | Enjoy drinkable works of art at CUESA’s spring happy hour. Look for an inspired original cocktail using our St. George Raspberry Brandy and other delicious masterpieces created by some of SF’s most creative bartenders. Tickets here!
JULY 16–20 | TALES OF THE COCKTAIL
New Orleans | All hail the cocktail! You can count us in for all sorts of fun at Tales this year, including a chance to geek out on the nuances of spirits production with our own master distiller Lance Winters. Join Lance and Wayne Curtis (The Atlantic, Imbibe), Maggie Campbell (Privateer Rum), Neva Parker (White Labs), and Adam Rogers (Wired Magazine) to explore the Hidden Flavors of Distilling (Saturday, July 19, 3:30–5pm). Tickets here!
People have been saying some very nice things about us lately—and most of it is true! From the Spirits Business listing us among its who's-who of pioneering US craft distilleries to GQ proclaiming American Gin-dependence to raves for our new NOLA Coffee Liqueur from Tasting Table and the San Jose Mercury News, we've received some great ink lately. To see where we've been in the news, see here.
Featured recipe: Thunder & Spice
We're huge agave fans, but this year we'll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with rum! This recipe, courtesy of Thor Messer (The Rumpus Room, Milwaukee) mixes our funky California agricole with Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur to spectacular effect. If you like it hot, this one's for you!
Thunder & Spice
1 1/4 oz St. George California Agricole Rum
1 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
2/3 oz simple syrup
2/3 oz fresh lime juice
1 dash Bittercube Orange Bitters
Shake all ingredients well then double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Olé!
St. George Spirits | 2601 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501 | 510.769.1601
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