Spiking the local brewery scene is Cutwater Spirits, a craft distillery taking shape in the beer-heavy Miramar area. Though its name and location are new, Cutwater’s starting offerings will already be familiar to fans of San Diego-made spirits. Its core team is made up of former leaders from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, which first kicked off the craft distillery resurgence back in 2008.
Now rebranded under the Cutwater Spirits label, new bottles of Fugu Vodka, Old Grove Gin, and Three Sheets Rum, along with the popular canned craft cocktails and other existing products, will likely hit store shelves next week. Expect to see a significant leap in production and a growing lineup with releases of whiskey, schnapps, and more.
Cutwater’s new 50,000-square-foot space has 30,000-square-feet dedicated to the distillery. A glass-encased continuous column still will be a focal point, along with other key pieces including an on-site grain mill, four 200 barrel foeders for whiskey and bourbon fermentation, four 200 barrel tanks for rum, and a high-speed canning line.
A sit-down restaurant, bar and patio will occupy the rest of the space where Cutwater will serve craft cocktails and a menu of shareable, upscale plates. The entire project is slated to launch later this year.