Best Distilleries near Ventura CA

From celebrating an achievement to unwinding after a long day, there’s nothing like good-quality distilled liquor. If you’re thirsting for spirits you know will satisfy, consider two of our favorite distilleries in the Ventura area.

Channel Islands Distillery | Facebook

When they couldn’t find a premium rum that met their standards, partners and owners, Joe and Michael, decided to create their own. That became Channel Islands Distillery, which is still locally owned and operated today.

Appropriately located in the heart of prohibition era “Rum Row,” Channel Islands Distillery handcrafts micro-distilled rum with an emphasis on taste and quality.

They use only the finest local ingredients to create a smoothness they say you’re unlikely to find in any other premium rum on the market.

You can purchase their spirits at many local wholesalers, as well as several liquor stores around Ventura County. You can also find them at a variety of events and festivals around town. If you want to show your support, they have t-shirts and cork-based PopSockets available for purchase, as well.

Ventura Spirits Company | Facebook

During its conception in 2011, James, Anthony, Henry, and Andrew intended for the Ventura Spirits Company to handcraft unique and satisfying spirits using the California Coast’s natural and agricultural bounty.

They try to keep it unique, sampling unexplored or underutilized inputs and attempting innovative and creative distilling methods. This allows them to continue pushing boundaries while reliably producing high-quality spirits.

Ventura Spirits distills vodka, gin, brandy, and prickly pear spirits. One of our favorites is the Haymaker’s vodka. This uses surplus California produce to create a slightly sweet vodka made from fresh CA apples and potatoes.

Want to give it a try? Their tasting room is open every Friday – Sunday! You can also purchase their spirits by the bottle online or through distributors all along the California coast.

Fix Yourself a Drink with Premium Spirits

If you want to make yourself a delicious drink using premium locally distilled spirits made from fresh California ingredients, you have to try either of the distilleries we mentioned here. Visit their tasting room or find them for sale at a local shop and enjoy!