The Distillery Tour has now departed. Thank you for your interest!
SMOFcon 28 is has arranged for a tour with the artisan distillery St. George Spirits on the afternoon of Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, the day before SMOFCon 28. For those of you who sampled the fine absinthe vert we brought to Austin, it came from St. George. They are also famous for their Hanger One Vodka and many curious flavored alcohols, eau de vie, grappa and liqueurs.
We have arranged for bus transport from the hotel to the distillery, which is located in Alameda, about 40 miles north of San Jose. Tour participants should meet in the Sainte Claire hotel lobby on Thursday afternoon by 1:45 PM to catch the bus, which is scheduled to leave the hotel at 2 PM and to return to the hotel about 7 PM that evening. (Note that these are later times than originally announced.) Travel time between the hotel and the distillery is about one hour, subject to traffic delays.
After soliciting feedback from the members, we have selected the Pilots’ Lounge/Traditional Guided Tasting. The Pilots’ Lounge is in the upstairs lounge (the old ready room from the days when this was Alameda Naval Air Station), with a dedicated bartender. We get exclusive use of the Pilots’ Lounge while a “Spirit Guide” leads us through a full tasting of St. George’s brandies, vodkas, whiskey, liqueurs and Absinthe Verte while explaining what defines each spirit and the hands on distillation methods that make St. George Spirits unique. Note that this tour does not include food and that attendees are encouraged to bring food with them to complement the beverages.
Tour cost is $55 including the bus ride between San Jose and Alameda, with a maximum of twenty people allowed on the tour.
As of December 2, 1400 PST, the following people had confirmed bookings on the tour:
Margene S. Baum
James J. Murray
This list is not automatically updated, so it may be some time after you submit your booking before you see your name on the list. The list does not include any contingent bookings or other special arrangements.