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12 Great American Gin Distilleries You Should Know

12 Great American Gin Distilleries You Should Know

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With the proliferation of so many craft distilleries throughout the U.S., liquor stores are now awash with small-batch gins. This particular breed of spirit is relatively easy to make and generally requires little-to-no aging. It can hit the shelves long before, say, a whiskey could.

Because of the huge number of producers, there's no simple way to file a definitive "best of" list. Instead, we present a snapshot of a few exemplary American distilleries from around the country.

  • The Bay Area has long been a hotspot for distilling, and that's particularly the case with gin. Alameda's St. George Spirits boasts four special bottles in its portfolio, of which the Dry Rye ($35) and Terroir ($35) are standouts. The Dry Rye has a toasted-banana quality that plays beautifully off its caraway, black pepper and rye notes. The Terroir—which is vapor-infused with botanicals from Marin County's Mt. Tamalpais—brims with foresty earth, Douglas fir and bay-laurel essence.

  • Hallock, Minnesota's Far North Spirits offers up one of the most unique gins around—though we're going to stop short of recommending it for everyone. Solveig ($35) is not for the timid, as its funky, mushroomy, ripe-melon notes might scare off first-timers: It's for adventurous drinkers only. That said, Hallock’s navy-strength offering, Gustaf ($53), is much more approachable—despite its high proof—with a more familiar spiciness and milder all-around flavor.

  • While the South is, obviously, best known for its whiskey, there’s plenty of gin consumed in the region. And Austin's Genius Liquids makes several fine mixing partners. The Standard Strength ($27) is a pretty complex one, moving from the usual-suspect botanicals into lavender, lime and an agave-like hint of sweetness. Need a little more muscle in that Martini? Genius' Navy Strength ($20) punches those flavors forward with a no-fooling-around 114-proof. Both of these spirits make great companions in citrus drinks.

  • Sheridan, Oregon's Ransom Dry Gin ($30) takes a cue from Dutch genever. It's got a slightly hoppy, slightly musty vibe that turns pleasantly malty with strong notes of orange and spice, and it's infused with local marionberry and hops. The Small's American Dry bottling ($33) starts off similarly but goes in inventive new directions with an uncommonly perfumy florality.

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  • Caledonia Spirits' Barr Hill Gin ($38) is a unique and pleasing gin made in Vermont. Raw honey is added just before bottling, which imbues the spirit with a gently off-white hue. With just the right amount of juniper and floral balance, a Barr Hill Ramos Gin Fizz brings you to the land of milk and honey.

  • You could do a lot worse than to source your botanicals and water from the verdant Colorado mountains, so suffice it to say that Spring44's Mountain Gin ($35) is a product of its environment. Big dry pine, citrus and earth notes come through at the beginning, followed by a refreshing herbal, minty finish—a solid companion to a splash of tonic. The classic bottling is full of juniper, coriander and nutmeg, and the Old Tom style ($44) is lightly malty but gently balanced with lemongrass, vanilla and baking spice. Perfect for a classic Tom Collins.

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