We are proud to start working with St. George Spirits, America’s original craft distillery — a team recognized for “gleefully shunning the spirits worldâ€™s conventions” (Esquire).
In 1982, founder JÃ¶rg Rupf began making unaged fruit brandy on a single, 65-gallon Holstein pot still in a wood shed he built by handâ€”modest beginnings that brought Old World distilling methodologies to the New World and â€œinspired the American artisan distillation movement.â€ (NPR)
Though Rupf retired in 2010, St. George Spirits continues to be owner-operated, artfully producing a range of imaginative single malt whiskey, absinthe, and several gins, vodkas, brandies, and liqueurs. Rupfâ€™s reverence for extraordinary raw materials and exacting standards continue to inspire master distiller Lance Winters and head distiller and “President of Vices,” Dave Smith (both pictured), and the rest of a talented, dynamic team. The distillery is located in a former WWII aircraft hangar in Alameda, California.
At Benson, our goal will be to simply, clearly convey the passion, intentionality and skill that goes into these extraordinary spirits. For a 4-minute introduction to St. George Spirits narrated by Lance and Dave, watch this video produced for Whole Foods. (Photo credit: Alex Zyuzikov.)