BBaF Podcast Episode 54: Distilling in Wine Country – Visiting the Paso Robles Distillery Trail

Listen to Episode 54: Distilling in Wine Country – Visiting the Paso Robles Distillery Trail

For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, we go on the road to the Central Coast of California – in San Luis Obispo County.

There’s been a recent booze boom in this already thriving wine country, with nearly a dozen distilleries now forming a Paso Robles Distillery Trail.

The wine makers turned distillers I spoke with shared how SLO may be one of the most exciting new regions for spirits production in the country.

Alex and Monica Villicana from Re:Find Distillery

Our last stop on the Paso Robles Distillery Trail was KROBAR Craft Distillery where I interviewed founders, Joe Barton and Stephen Kroener about making whiskey in wine country.

This week’s cocktail recipe was inspired by a drink I had at Fish Gaucho in Paso Robles, made entirely of local ingredients. It was one of my absolute favorites on this trip, “The Highwayman”.  

The Paso Robles Cocktail
2 oz Re:Find Gin
1/2 oz Yes Cocktail Co. Orgeat
1/2 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Lavender Honey Syrup
a few dashes of Slo Bitter Co. Charred Cedar Blackstrap Bitters
Sparkling Water 

In an ice-filled shaker, shake all ingredients except for the soda until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large cube. Top with sparkling water and edible flowers to garnish. 

Overlooking Daou Vineyards. One of the most beautiful views in Paso Robles.

Watch my Instagram Story of my trip to SLO, touring the Paso Robles Distillery Trail for more behind the scenes!

I'd love to hear what YOU think! Scratch a few thoughts down there, why dontcha?