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Meeting Stark Spirits: A Micro-Distillery Tour & Tasting with Distillers Greg Stark & Karen Robinson-Stark

  • Stark Spirits Distillery 1260 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 1100 Pasadena, CA 91103 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary talks and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in venues across Southern California. Research Fellow Linda Civitello, Curator Richard FossChef Ernest Miller, and others deliver lively lectures and lead hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the Pacific Coast and American West. 

Meeting Stark Spirits: A Micro-Distillery Tour & Tasting with Distillers Greg Stark & Karen Robinson-Stark

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The universe of craft distilling is rapidly expanding, and Pasadena, California's Stark Spirits, which first fired its stills in 2013, has earned its place in it by producing a portfolio of fine spirits across a range of categories, including whiskey, rum, gin, brandy, and aquavit. On Saturday, January 26, join LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail for a very special satellite edition of the popular Pacific Taste series. Distillers Greg Stark & Karen Robinson-Stark will lead a tour of their micro-distillery and taste guests on their entire line of award-winning spirits.



  • California Single Malt

  • Peated Single Malt


  • California Gold

  • California Silver

  • California Silver 151


  • Skyline


  • Traditional


  • Sunshine Orange

The program features fresh fare from Melissa's Produce.



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Greg Stark and Karen Robinson-Stark are the Owners & Distillers of Stark Spirits, a micro-distillery located in Pasadena, California, since March 2013. Greg’s many years of experience as an award-winning home brewer and winemaker prepared him to be an excellent distiller of artisan spirits, while Karen, his able brewer’s assistant of many years, transitioned quite nicely into his very able assistant distiller and business partner. Greg is the head distiller of seven of the eight Stark Spirits products—three rums, two whiskeys, one brandy, and an aquavit—and Karen is the lead distiller of the company's gin. All eight spirits have won awards at national, international, or state competitions. Greg and Karen are dedicated to maintaining the excellence of their spirits and the integrity of their production methods. Their motto, "Strength is in the Character," defines the products, the distillers and the business that is Stark Spirits.