Cheers to the spirit drinkers! This week Greg is on a road trip in Mammoth, CA and he's stopped by Shelter Distilling to talk with Matt Hammer and Jason Senior, two of the founders. Matt is a former professional snowboarder turned coffee-roaster who met Jason (and Karl) while they were heading up the brewing at Mammoth Brewing Company. The guys discuss opening up a distillery in California, the laws that have allowed that to take place, and what physical labor went into opening their distillery and tasting room. We also talk about Matt's background as a snowboarder, what got him into coffee, and the transition into distilling. On Jason's side, we talk about his start in brewing, his impressive career (and awards) as the head brewer at Mammoth Brewing, and the learning curve involved when he moved to distilling. We also talk about the new laws that have allowed Shelter to open up, how spirits are distilled, differences between different spirits and terminology (such as single malt and batch), and so much more. On top of all that, we sampled 15 of their amazing spirits and beers as a guided tasting for anyone that comes into the tasting room.
A huge thank you to Jason, Matt, and Gena from Shelter Distilling for an amazing time and some great drinks. To find out more about Shelter, head over to www.shelterdistilling.com or follow them on social media @ShelterDistilling. And if you're in Mammoth, find them in the Village at 100 Canyon Blvd, Suite 217.
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