St. George Spirits/Hangar One Distillery Summer Open House

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I feel better already: St. George Spirits/Hangar One Distillery (2601 Monarch at Alameda Point, Alameda) are hosting a Summer Open House tomorrow, Saturday, June 28, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. and they want you to help them celebrate the release of this year's Fraser River Raspberry Vodka and their brand-spanking new still. The entrance fee will get you three cocktails, an unspecified quantity of spirits (they also make whiskey), and best of all: iced vodka luges! It'll be just like spring break '99 all over again. Bonus: the stills will be running most of the day, offering the rare opportunity to witness the distillation process up close.

But that's not all! Those looking for something with a little more kick will definitely want to check out the special "Absinthe Den" where (for an extra $10) the hosts will be pouring Absinthe, Heirloom Apple Brandy, and a DeProfundis 20-year-old Pear Brandy. Wisely, they're providing free shuttle service to the distillery from both the West Oakland BART station and the Alameda Main street ferry building, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running until 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 at the door; order tickets on the phone by calling 510-864-0635. This is a 21 and over event, so don't even think about it kids. Bring picture ID.

-- Brian Bernbaum

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