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Distiller Interview with Scott Blackwell & Ann Marshall of High Wire Distilling

High Wire Distilling Company, Charleston’s first operating distillery since Prohibition, paved the way for a craft-spirits revival in South Carolina. Husband-and-wife duo Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall were steeped in the food and drink industries. After selling their popular...

Living the Dream on an ADI Internship

by Neven Vorkapic Dreams can be overwhelming, but what is left out there for us if there are no dreams to follow? Some time ago, way back in the 1980s, I was just another small-town kid dreaming big, aiming for the...
Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers

Stills with Personality: A look at the Spirits Producers Who Give Their Stills Names

At Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte, CO, Karen Hoskin has assigned names to her trio of rum-producing copper pot stills: Bella, Bellisima and Bellatrix. Each has its own personality, she insists. Bellatrix, for example, has a “spike-heeled attitude” and...

Dedicated Follower the of the Craft

Robert Spruill (pronounced “Sprool”) used to have the kind of job many of us would envy: He made movies. His first movie, Squeeze, told the tale of three teenage boys trying to fight back against the drugs and violence...
Paso Robles Distillery Trail map

Blazing a Trail in Paso Robles: Central Coast Distillers Stake Out a New Route...

I’ve packed my car with essential gear and headed to California’s Central Coast. Wine and red oak barbecue country calls for folding knives, wine keys and lots of bubble wrap. With over 4,600 wineries and an estimated 600,000 acres...

Autry Cellars

Autry Cellars autrycellars.com 5450 Edna Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Tasting hours: 11am-5pm daily 805.546.8669 Steve Autry, a former aerospace engineer turned winemaker, became a fully licensed brandy producer in 2012. In a sheet metal building at the southern cusp of the distillery trail,...

Azeo Distillery

Azeo Distillery https://www.azeodistillery.com 3230 Riverside Ave. Suite 190 Paso Robles, CA 93446 Tasting hours: by appointment 805.835.3740 At In Vino Veritas, a local custom crush facility owned by winemaker Ryan Horn, David Vondrasek handled beer, wine and cidermaking for about 30 customers when he and...

Manucci Spirits

Manucci Spirits wildcoyote.biz 3775 Adelaida Road Paso Robles, CA 93446 Tasting hours: 11am-5pm Friday-Sunday and by appointment 805.610.1311 info@wildcoyote.biz Tasting rooms and private casitas for overnight guests at Wild Coyote Estate Winery look straight out of New Mexico. Gianni Manucci and his wife Kati brought a...

KROBĀR Craft Distillery

KROBĀR Craft Distillery (at Barton Family Wines) krobardistillery.com 2174 Hwy 46 West Paso Robles, CA 93446 Tasting hours: 11am-5:30pm Thurs-Mon and by appointment 833.576.2271 Stephen Kroener and his partner Joe Barton hail from winemaking families. Kroener makes wines at Silver Horse Winery south of San Luis...
Liz Henry, center in purple, enjoys the Pontoon Porchboat Outing with the Spirited Women, a group formed from the bartending community in Madison, WI. These gatherings have raised money for charitable causes, including the local Rape Crisis Center and Safer Bar Training.

Passion is a Community Matter

A seed is planted and the earth itches to support. There is no negotiation with the sun or rain about the seed’s capability. An intention is set, planted with purpose, and the surrounding elements join the party to support...