Booze News

The most regulated industry in the United States

Whoever said the economy ran like a well-oiled machine never studied the spirits industry

Thanks to recent changes in state law, the California Spirits Company will officially open its San Marcos tasting room to the public on June 9. While owner and distiller Casey Miles embraces the opportunity to ...

Liberty Call's new liberties

New law allows Spring Valley distillery to get more creative with its small-batch booze

Earlier this year, a Reader cover story highlighted changes to California law allowing small batch distilleries to sell bottles out of their tasting rooms. Only a few months later, this change is helping Spring Valley ...

San Diego Distillery won't compete with Kentucky

Trent Tilton's whiskey kick includes the definitely different

Spring Valley doesn't boast any craft breweries, but it's playing a pivotal role in San Diego's burgeoning craft-distillery movement. Kill Devil Spirits Co. started out there back in 2011, Liberty Call Distilling Co. in 2014, ...

Captain Morgan, not Kill Devil, is the competition

No one knows what's going on

This year signaled a new era for local small-batch distillers. Assembly Bill 1295, also known as the Craft Distillers Act of 2015, went into effect on January 1, reversing archaic liquor laws that date to ...

San Diego spirits brand relaunches with local ingredients

Home of the scorpion-peppered vodka

As of the new year, 619 Vodka is produced in its home area code. When Nick Apostolopoulos decided to launch the San Diego–based brand back in 2011, setting up a distillery in San Diego was ...

Moonshine and Dominican beans unite

Coffee + booze

As more local breweries have partnered with local roasters, coffee beers have become something of a regional specialty, racking up national awards left and right. Now, as San Diego’s craft-spirit scene has grown past its ...

License to Spill

007’s martini choices leave local bartenders shaken

James Bond not only rules the box office, but the super spy has also shaken and stirred trends at cocktail bars since the 1960s. With the release of the latest Daniel Craig flick Spectre, some ...

Craft cocktails

Understand the spirit

If San Diego had an official drink, it would almost certainly be a beer. Something hoppy. (How is there not an America’s Finest Brewery in town yet?) Which leaves San Diego cocktails free to represent ...

You’ll never get a drink made from this recipe in any bar, anywhere

There will be a reckoning

Just six years ago, Reader legend Ollie laid out an Old Fashioned recipe that, stripped of its existential and romantic trappings, involved dissolving a sugar cube in a splash of water, adding two dashes of ...

Goes great with Mexican food

Mezcal is not just a cheap version of tequila

I first met Mark Broadfoot back when we were Scouts in middle school, and ever since then I’ve known him to be fond of sharing. The first time it caught my attention was on a ...

Coronado’s crowned king of cocktails

Try to find a cocktail Jose Palma doesn't know.

“Every cocktail has a story,” says Jose Palma. And the man ought to know. He’s been creating, serving, and keeping up with cocktails for 26 years. And always here at the Hotel Del, where patrons ...

The Diva’s rye humor

In my 20s, whiskey sounded like an old-person’s drink — a sophisticated liquid imbibed mostly by men in suits who took it in the form of a two-finger pour in a short and wide glass ...

The alcoholic version of the Slurpee

In 1947 Albert Hernandez changed the cocktail world when he added crushed ice to the Margarita.

Of all the cocktails featured in this issue, the Margarita is the one with the closest ties to San Diego. Specifically, the frozen kind; the alcoholic version of the Slurpee. In 1947, Albert Hernandez, a ...

Mother’s Ruin gets a makeover

It might not be that you don’t like gin.

Gin has always been a drink of dubious repute.

Breakfast cocktails and brunch shots

People will drink anything in the morning if you present the option.

It’s five o’clock somewhere. Or so day-drinkers like to say, usually while ordering a stiff pour of bourbon. Prohibition may have failed, but the lasting legacy of the temperance movement is this notion that hitting ...

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