East Bay Distillers Featured in CA Whiskey Week

Oakland-born twins Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis of Berkeley's Home Base Spirits are among the presenters.


Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

Earl Brown, cofounder of Oakland's first post-Prohibition whiskey distillery Wright & Brown, will lead a tasting session during the first-ever CA Whiskey Week at San Francisco's 160-year-old Elixir saloon.

Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis of Berkeley's Home Base Spirits will lead another.

Every evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, specially selected California-made craft whiskeys will be served at the city's second-oldest saloon, where guests can meet representatives from each of the whiskey companies. 

Preceding the annual Whiskyfest gala set for Nov. 2 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Elixir's CA Whiskey Week also includes a series of intimate guided tasting sessions with special guests such as Bruce Joseph of San Francisco's Hotaling and Company; Jackie Rocha of Atwater-based Corbin Cash; Jeff Duckhorn of Graton Distilling; and Marko Karakecevic, the thirteenth-generation master distiller of Napa's craft distillery Charbay.

Tickets  are available here.

Guiding a tasting on Monday, Oct. 22 the Oakland-born-and-raised Blatteis twins launched Home Base Spirits in 2015 and use sustainably farmed grains and California-grown botanicals to make small-batch bourbon and single-grain whiskeys which are aged, blended, and bottled in Berkeley. 

Guiding a tasting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Brown founded Wright & Brown a few years ago with his childhood friend Daniel Wright. They use non-GMO malted grains, molasses, and wine to create rye, bourbon, and other spirits; and very step of production — from milling to mashing to barrel-aging to bottling — takes place in-house at their Magnolia Street facility.

“As a precursor to this year’s Whiskyfest, I wanted to take some time to focus on all of the cool whisky-makers right here in Northern California,” said Elixir proprietor H. Joseph Ehrmann. 

“Each week, we choose from a long line of distilleries wanting to be on the shelves of Elixir, and I’m continually impressed by what is being done right here, especially compared to stuff coming from other states. Northern California is rich with great whiskey makers today.”

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