We just picked up an exciting new local distiller called Venus Spirits, located in nearby Santa Cruz. Sean Venus has taken over the old Sarticious space and installed his own 600 liter Spanish alembic still to make a number of interesting concoctions. On top of his marvelous gin, he's almost ready to release a tequila (labeled as agave spirit, of course) and a single malt down the road once the whiskey meets the proper maturity level. We're really excited about getting our hands on those two products when the time comes.
In the meantime, check out the Venus Gin. It's a snappy, fresh, citrus-oriented spirit at a very good price point. The creaminess of the gin is quite lovely and the lavender comes strong on the finish.