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Spirits of the Central Coast: A Gallery Talk & Tasting

  • Pacific Food & Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 (map)

With Master Distiller Stephen Gertman

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California's Central Coast is a place of great beauty, both natural and manmade, and rich in history. It also boasts a mature wine industry. What's comparatively new to the area, however, is distilling. And the spirits now produced in the region are special in a way that only the palate can reveal.

So visit LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum on Sunday, November 18, and learn both the history and state of the art of distilling in California, particularly its Central Coast, from master distiller Stephen Gertman, President of Santa Barbara County's Ascendant Spirits. The presentation and tasting will be accompanied by fresh fare from Melissa's Produce.



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I love to fly. Being on a plane, between the place you’ve come from and the place you’re going, is almost like being nowhere at all. And nothing seems to exist but possibility. Before I was 30, I’d never made spirits. I made television shows. I made some money. I met celebrities. But I wanted to make something that mattered. So I quit. I always loved the way whiskey brought people together. I loved the tradition. I loved the craft. I dreamt of becoming a Master Distiller. So I became a student.

And flying to my first whiskey making class, sitting in between the life I left and the one I raced toward, I felt like anything was possible.

- Steve Gertman, Ascendant Spirits Founder & Master Distiller  

Later Event: November 22
Museums Closed on Thanksgiving