Paso Robles sure does have its fair share of vineyards, wineries, and even breweries. Yet, the area known for creating delicately crafted drinks does not stop there. There are also some expert distilleries to discover. This article only begins to scrape the surface.
KOBAR Craft Distillery is one popular Paso Robles craft distillery. Together, Kroener and Barton have 40 years of experience in the alcohol industry. They used their combined wisdom and four years’ worth of distilling research to create the perfect distiller. Kroener and Barton hope to mix traditional and non-traditional techniques to make undeniable, craft spirits with a unique taste. Stop by the venue for a drink in their social room or check out their ethanol alley.
Find the KOBAR Craft Distillery on a charming hill, overlooking the Paso Robles vineyards and Highway 46 West. A 30-minute spirit tasting is $15 and can be booked ahead of time online.
Another incredible craft spirit venue to venture toward in the Paso Robles is the area’s first distillery, Re:Find Handcrafted Spirits. Co-founder and distiller, Alex Villicana, takes advantage of its prime location in wine country by using premium wine grapes to craft his spirits. He personally makes the wine from his Paso Robles vineyard to further create uniquely blended, distillery favorites. In comparison, most vodka has derived from potatoes and grains because they are inexpensive ingredients to grow, while Re:Find Distillery begins with more fresh, ripe wine grapes.
Not only is the vodka’s and gin’s quality enhanced due to the wine grapes being used, but the distillery project also provides another use for the wine instead of having it go to waste. In fact, the founders began the distillery out of a desire to encourage sustainability by utilizing existing, unused resources to create a high-end, local, artisan product. This focus on rediscovering new goods out of a seemingly “old” product is precisely they named their project Re:Find Handcrafted Spirits. An additional bonus to their crafted alcoholic beverages is that they are all naturally gluten free.
Re:Find Distillery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Re:Find products include:
· Re:Find Neutral Brandy (aka: Vodka)
· Re:Find Botanical Brandy (aka: Gin)
· Re:Find Limoncello
· Re:Find Cucumber Flavored Brnady
· Re:Find Barrel Finished Vodka
· Re:Find Rye Whiskey Batch #3
· Yes Hibiscus & Rose Mixer
· Yes Grapefruit Thyme Mixer
· Yes Rhubarb Vanilla Mixer
· Preservation Bloody Mary Mixer
If you’re looking for a locally crafted “stiff one,” look no further than these Central Coast distilleries founded by passionate people in Paso Robles.