Kurtis w/Birdview Estate & Distillery

  • Local Cellar 2801 22nd Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States

Birdview Distillery was founded by two brothers, Scott and Kurtis Major on the concept of weaving together four distinct traits. Simplicity, Tradition, Quality, and Differentiation. They began as children in their grandfather’s Southern California backyard, surrounded by an endless abundance of wild fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.  They would harvest these at random and stuff them into an old beer keg with some water.  After some time in the sun, the liquid would ferment.  At the time, they thought we were concocting “magic potions”.  We did not realize that this was their first step to a more systematic exploration of the history and techniques of fermentation and eventually, distillation. In 2008, they focused on the idea of capturing the sense and spirit of the California coastal terrain where they grew up. With this in mind El Castor was born. A new regional spirit that would represent not only California but the whole West Coast.  They began by hand-harvesting the bright crimson, intensely prickly fruit of the wild beavertail cactus and refining it into a hand-crafted spirit, using ancient distilling apparatus and self developed techniques. Their spirits are uniquely Californian, and represent the west coast spirit. 

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.