The Blinking Owl is the very first craft distillery in Orange County. They also are one of the first distilleries in the state of California to hold the Type 74 Craft Distillers License allowing them to operate their tasting room and sell a few bottles. They make Vodka, Gin, several types of Whiskey, and the Scandinavian spirit, Aquavit.
Why the Owl…They are locavores, grain nerds, and control freaks so they decided to actually make their booze the long way: from grain rather than pre-made spirit. They mill it, mash it, ferment it, distill it, and, in the case of whiskey, barrel age it (which means they will not have a 9 year old Bourbon to sell until 9 years from now).
The Founder, Brian Christenson, had a bootlegging great-grandfather, Fred P. Armbrust. Fred had a still on his dairy farm hidden in the basement behind secret passageways. He would covertly provide his local farmers with his “good spirits”. Brian’s dream is to carry on Fred’s passion by providing “good spirits” to our very own neighborhood, legally, of course! They have the neurotic goal someday becoming a 100% California product by working with the local grain community. Their ingredients are mostly certified organic grains, fruits and botanicals, but they also purchase items from great local folks who are using sustainable farming practices.
Luxe Tip: They have a great cocktail recipe page with easy ingredients and photos that show how pretty a bevi can be. Or need to be part of the action, sign up for a 45 minute tour or sample in their tasting room.
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