Just so you know, drinking beer or wine or distilled spirits may actually cause pregnancy.
The Israeli and I were forewarned at St. George Distillery in Alameda on Sunday afternoon.
We went for a tour, what we got was more like a comedy show, with some booze thrown in for fun.
Turns out, the process for making spirits starts out the same for making beer – take your base fruit/grain and mix with a strain of yeast and allow to ferment.
Distilling spirits then goes a step past fermentation and actually distills (or differentially boils) the alcoholic mash to concentrate and collect the alcohol to make spirits.
Brandy, Absinthe, Vodka, Liqueur, and Gin – in the case of St. George Distillery.
Sometimes they make Rum and Whiskey.
The whole process is overseen by Cordelia, the great white shark who is the model for the shark in the movie Deep Blue. Strange but true fact.
Vodka is characterized by the distillation process it goes through.
Gin is characterized by the presence of juniper berries.
Absinthe is characterized by distillation with anise, wormwood, and fennel. Then additional herbs are steeped in it to make absinthe.
And that’s all I remember from the tour.
It was fascinating to see all the different steps involved in making spirits. It takes 30 pears to make a bottle of pear brandy. Pretty amazing!
The Israeli and I had a great time.
I loved translating words that he didn’t understand, like “steep”, and he liked sampling the spirits when the tour was over.
We sat in his car on a cold and windy day in Alameda and ate sandwiches to sober up before going anywhere.
I have to say, I had a great time and so did The Israeli.
He wants to do it again at another distillery and make a weekend out of it.