It’s official. There’s a feisty newcomer here in San Luis Obispo. Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills is a small batch distillery and tasting room located at SLO Brew Rock. To kick off their grand opening they will have five handcrafted spirits for you try.
Their first spirit, a Reserve Rye Whiskey which pays homage to SLO Brew’s roots as the oldest microbrewery on the Central Coast since prohibition. They will also be featuring a straight rye whiskey, a classic American straight bourbon, an uncut cask bourbon, California juniper and Valencia orange dry gin, alongside a chill haze filtered vodka.
If you’re feeling cocktails, their artisanal craft cocktail menu boasts a signature Smokey Old Fashioned, Vaquero Margarita, classic Manhattan, Whiskey Mule and a Whiskey Sour. The SLO Brewing Co. lineup of Porch Pounder canned wine, Tio Rodrigo craft beer micheladas and select SLO Brew beers will also be available at the bar.
For all you spirit lovers they will be launching a Barrel Club where you will have a special opportunity to purchase a personal 5-gallon oak barrel to age your own custom SLO Stills whiskey– Cost is $1300 w/ tax included – each barrel is the equivalent of 30 bottles. On a quarterly basis, participants will be invited to taste their whiskey from the barrel to determine whether the spirit should be bottled or continue to age. Head distiller Paul Quinn will consult members on customizing the depth and flavor of their spirit with varying oak infusions at a range of char levels. This whole process takes about a year.
Club membership includes early access to special releases, paired with complimentary tastings and roughly 28 (750mL) bottles of personalized bourbon.
If you need a bite to eat after all the libations, SLO Brew Rock’s kid-friendly restaurant is right next door. SLO Stills will be a 21+ venue, open Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 to 7:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 9:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Check out their Grand Opening event: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 2nd.
Address: 855 Aerovista Ln, San Luis Obispo CA, 93401