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Seven Caves Spirits Steps Into San Diego’s Craft Distillery Scene

Check out its Miramar headquarters and tasting room

San Diego’s craft distilleries come in all shapes and sizes, from the massive 50,000-square-foot domain of Cutwater Spirits to the new and relatively diminutive Seven Caves Spirits, whose 2,000-square-foot grain to glass distillery and tasting room is tucked into a nearby Miramar cul-de-sac.

Seven Caves was established in 2016, but visiting the tasting room has thus far been by-appointment-only; beginning Thanksgiving week, it will be open for regular hours, Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Though its bottles will have limited distribution — the first crop has landed at La Jolla’s Keg N Bottle and Hillcrest restaurant Concept Two Seven Eight — founder/distiller Geoff Longenecker says most of his efforts will be focused on the tasting room, which will feature quarterly releases and a future members club.

Made in “ludicrously small batches” that yield 25 to 30 gallons of finished product, Seven Caves Spirits’ debut is a barrel-aged rum, which won a bronze medal from the American Distilling Institute, that’s rested for six months in new oak barrels; a New Orleans native, Longenecker sources the rum’s base sugar and molasses from Louisiana. Expect to see other single barrel-aged rum varieties, including rums finished in bourbon and rye barrels. Longenecker favors brown spirits — single malt whiskey will be a future release — but he also plans to distill new world-style gins made with seasonal botanicals as well as agave spirits.

Seven Caves Spirits

7950 Stromesa Court, , CA 92126 (619) 300-1624 Visit Website

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