You have likely noticed more cocktails and tasting flights spotlighting locally distilled spirits when visiting Valley bars and restaurants. If you enjoy libations created close to home, it is worth looking into a visit to a few distilleries in person, either for a tour, a taste or a combination of both. There are about 50 registered distilleries or micro-distilleries in Arizona, so you have some fun options. Here are some of our favorites.
ARIZONA DISTILLING COMPANY
When Arizona Distilling Company (AZDistilling.com) released Copper City Bourbon in 2013, it became the first legally produced local spirit since before Prohibition. Honored at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Arizona Distilling paved the way for everyone. Today, the distillery offers regular tours and has a cocktail bar and kitchen in Tempe.
Tempe-based Adventurous Stills (AdventStills.com) has been crafting spirits since 2015, proudly using 70% local grains. There are currently 10 varietals in its lineup, notably Lost Dutchman Rye Whiskey, Absinthe Minded Verte and Orange Witsky made with Helluva Brewery Orange Wit Beer. Its tasting room is open for tastings, tours and several “become a distiller for a day” programs.
Like Adventurous, SanTan Brewing Company began distilling in 2015. In the time since, the brand opened Spirit House, a distillery and tasting room, in 2019. SanTan Spirits (SanTanSpirits.com) offers tours daily and there is a "Cask Club" membership available. Akin to a wine club, the Cask Club offers regular spirit pickups plus member-only events.