Liberty Call Distilling
2739 Via Orange Way #110
Spring Valley CA 91978
A couple of good friends having a few drinks and talking about how cool it would be to have their own distillery making their own whiskies and rum has been the subject of countless drinking sessions, only in this case it came to fruition. Liberty Call is the product of Bill Rogers, and Steve Grella a couple of buddies who thought that they should give it a go, in spite of all the obstacles involved.
They spent some time doing research, exploring the right recipes and getting through the permitting process so that in the fall of 2014, when everything finally came together, they were ready to go. They brought on a third, Addison Poth, who is a brewer at local brewery Acoustic Ales, to handle the brewing chores, while Grella does the distilling.
Their system is based on a column still with a 100-gallon capacity. This is about the maximum that their small space can handle, because of storage and electrical constraints. They began with a gin and a couple of rums (White and Spiced), then began producing whiskey. Their whiskey is a four-grain mash with equal parts of corn, wheat, rye, and barley. It is aged using a solera method that has the whiskey aged in 5, 15, and 30 gallon barrels for 2 months each. The smaller barrels used at the early stages of the process are intended to allow the greater surface area increase the exposure to the wood thus aiding in a quicker maturation and increased flavor in a shorter aging period. The whiskey is currently aged for 6 months total, although they do have plans to extend aging time as production increases and as space allows.
They currently operate out of a small, light industrial space in a rural business park
about 20 minutes east of downtown San Diego. Rogers feels that their location is a bit of a disadvantage at the present, because not as many people will take the trek to Spring Valley, but the lower costs allow them to keep putting the money back into
the product, helping them grow. It is hoped that within the year they will be able to move to a larger location, which will help to allow increased production, have a larger tasting room, and hopefully a more accessible location. A number of their products are currently being submitted for judging in various competitions and tastings which should bring them increased exposure.
San Diego County 4 Grain Whiskey
Monday through Thursday 10am to 7pm, By Appointment Only.
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Drop-ins welcome on the weekends!