San Diego is well known for its abundance of local breweries, but did you know we also have some great distilleries in the area making small batch, whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka. It’s true. If you’re looking for things to do in San Diego and would like to do something a little more unique than visiting a brewery, check out a local distillery.
If you’ve never visited a distillery, you’re sure to be amazed by the handiwork that goes into making some of your favorite liquors. Using copper pot stills and a bit of ingenuity, the talented distillers of San Diego are able to make whiskey, rum, and more that is so flavorful you might almost forget to add a mixer. Touring a distillery will give you an idea of the history of your favorite potables and some insight into how they are made and maybe even some new drinks to make for your next cocktail party. While everyone else is out drinking the same old beer at one of the hundreds of breweries in town, you and your friends can taste some truly flavorful liquors that you can’t find at most bars in town. If you’re wondering what to do in San Diego and would like to incorporate some high quality adult beverages, this is for you.
Malahat Spirits is arguably the best known distillery in San Diego. They currently are focused on whiskey and rum but are able to make other spirits and should be expanding in the near future. The company is named after a legendary schooner that roamed the Pacific during Prohibition and carried more than 60,000 cases of illegal liquor at a time and earned the nickname, “The Queen of Rum Row.” You’ll get a sense of history the moment you enter the distillery and begin to sample small batch whiskey and rum at San Diego’s top distillery while taking a tour to see how this tasty liquor is made. The tour costs $15, making it one of the top cheap things to do in San Diego, plus it includes tastings and souvenir glass to take home.
Funbassadors can arrange for a trip to Malahat Spirits or another local distillery, adding their insider knowledge to the tour. Meanwhile, Funseekers have the chance to taste some extraordinary, hard to find liquors with the assistance of an in-the-know local.