As part of its commitment to promoting local craft spirits, the San Diego Distillers Guild announces its first annual San Diego Craft Distillers Guild Fest (“Distillers Fest”), taking place at Liberty Station on Saturday, November 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. Held within the Arts District’s popular Building 177, with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams above 7,000+ square feet of event space, Distillers Fest is the answer to the city’s many beloved beer festivals – but instead of focusing on brewing, will pay homage to San Diego’s quickly-growing craft distilling scene a social and sensory experience featuring drinks, food and music in an inviting social setting.
Designed as the city’s first upscale artisanal spirits festival, Distillers Fest invites guests 21+ to mingle among an expected 600 attendees, from casual festival-goers to cocktail connoisseurs. Guest will experience a variety of tastes from twenty local craft distilleries and will have the rare chance to meet and chat with many of the experts who create San Diego’s award-winning craft spirits.
The unprecedented lineup includes 117 West, 619 Spirits, Copper Collar Distillery, Cutwater, Henebery Spirits, Liberty Call Distilling, Malahat Spirits Co., MC Distillery, Misadventure, Oceanside Distillers, Old Harbor Distilling, Pacific Coast Spirits, San Diego Distillery, San Diego Sunshine, Seven Caves Spirits, Shadow Ridge Spirits Company and You & Yours. A collective medal count boasts three Best in Shows, eighteen Best in Class, eighteen Best in Category, 32 Platinum, 25 Double Golds and more than 165 gold, silver and bronze medals.
Between sips of creative cocktails and spirits, guests can savor small plates from the kitchens of local distilleries who also offer dining; these include 619 Spirits in North Park, You & Yours in East Village,Cutwater in Miramar, newly opened farm-to-table Pacific Coast Spirits in Oceanside and Liberty Call Distilling with a kitchen-distillery combo opening in Barrio Logan next year. San Diego jazz ensemble Justin Joyce Trio will be onsite playing live music, and those holding VIP tickets will be able to experience a tucked-away speakeasy featuring an ultra-special custom cocktail experience, access to VIP pours of San Diego spirits and next-level local fare.
Distillers Fest tickets are $60 for general admission and $100 for VIP at www.sddistillersguildfest.com/#buy and at the door while supplies last. Parking at Liberty Station is complimentary; follow along at @sddistillersguild to learn about rideshare opportunities to and from the festival.
About San Diego Distillers Guild: Established in 2014, the San Diego Distillers Guild promotes artisanal distilled spirits production in San Diego County through pursuing a two-fold mission including (1) raising the public’s awareness about the quality and uniqueness of spirits created via craft distillation and (2) serving as an educational and networking resource for those interested in craft spirit production throughout San Diego and the United States. Learn more at www.sddistillers.com and socialize on Facebook and on Instagram at @sddistillersguild.