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St. George Spirits: A Tale of Three Gins

April 10, 2013

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Back in 1982, when Jörg Rupf founded St. George Spirits in Alameda, California, the craft distilling movement in this country didn’t exist. Like many other visionaries, Rupf was at least several decades ahead of the societal curve. To make matters more difficult, he decided to focus exclusively on eau de vie, a spirit practically unknown among American consumers.

As the years passed, Rupf became the Godfather of American craft distilling. He won numerous awards for his eau di vie, and trained the next generation of artisan distillers, men such as Steve McCarthy (Clear Creek), Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon) and Fritz Maytag (Anchor Distilling). However, the pivotal moment in the history of St. George was probably the day in 1996 when Lance Winters turned up to apply for a job, with a bottle of homemade whiskey in hand as his resume. (more…)