Local Germain-Robin was the original craft distillery, started in 1982, and the first distillery to make brandy from premium wine grapes. Using an antique cognac still so they could do everything by hand, they used centuries-old artisan methods. Did it work? When they released the Select Barrel XO in 1996, a panel of experts picked it as the world’s best liquor, ahead of a $1500 Hennessy cognac.
Starting in 2010, Crispin Cain, who had apprenticed with Germain-Robin, used the Redwood Valley distillery to create an astonishing range of beautiful, hand-distilled spirits. His Rose Liqueur has been named “Best of the Best” by Robb Report Magazine. Crispin’s Low Gap whiskey was named Artisan Whiskey of the Year by Whiskey Advocate Magazine. When it comes to spirits, the man knows what he’s doing. The international acclaim earned by these spirits is testimony to the exceptional care, knowledge, and experience he applies to their production.
Now you can experience these spirits yourself at the Museum of Encountered Objects and Caddell & Williams/Germain-Robin Tasting Room, located just south of Alex Thomas Plaza in Ukiah. This distillery tasting room is housed amongst a collection of treasures from around the globe, curated by Ansley Coale, co-founder of Germain-Robin. Call ahead for the full experience. They do not want to miss anyone.
Rusty 10 Penny
by American Craft Whiskey ambassador, Hoolis C. Nation
Build on the rocks:
- 2 oz. Low Gap Bourbon
- ½ oz Drambuie*
- 1 dash Greenway Absinthe
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
* liqueur blend of scotch whisky, heather honey, spices and herbs
Caddell & Williams Tasting Room
108 West Clay Street, Ukiah, CA
(800) 575-9997 | caddellwilliams.com
Note: close to print time we learned that E. & J. Gallo Winery of Modesto has purchased Germain-Robin. Congratulations and be sure to stay true to your Mendocino County roots!