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THE VIBE

COCKTAIL
CULTURE
IN A CIT Y REVERED FOR ITS
BREWS, A LOCAL DISTILLERY
IS MIXING THINGS UP

Written by Aidan Pilgrim

V

entura is known for many things: epic waves, stunning
nature, public art - and craft beer. With the city's
current plethora of breweries, one could easily get lost
in a frenzy of barley and hops, but to focus only on beer would
be to miss out on another side of Ventura's dynamic drink
program: the cocktail.
And cocktails are top of mind for Ventura Spirits, a micro
distillery located in Ventura's Avenue district. Ventura Spirits
is literally infusing a bit of central California into its craft spirits
while simultaneously infusing a bit of diversity into the local
beverage scene. The brainchild of four friends, the distillery
launched in 2014 with the mission to incorporate the vast natural
and agricultural offerings of California's Central Coast to create
liquors that are unexplored or underutilized, and that foster a
sense of awareness, appreciation of the area, and sustainability.
That takes the shape of four current offerings: Wilder Gin,
which features the herbaceous profile of California sagebrush,
purple sage, bay, yerba santa, pixie mandarin peel, and
chuchupate; Haymakers Vodka, made from local apples and
potatoes; Strawberry Brandy, distilled from "imperfect" (but
still delicious) Central Coast strawberries; and Opuntia, a
prickly pear spirit made from the Nopal cactus.
So where can you try these unique libations? The distillery's
tasting room is open Friday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Visitors can sample straight tastes and mini cocktails and buy
bottles to carry home. (Ventura Spirits products are currently
only sold in California, which makes them a unique gift.)
The spirits are also available in drinks around town.

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