Local Artisan Distillery Showcases Beverages and Explains Distilling Process to Guests
A select group of Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board members and friends enjoyed a private tour of Stark Spirits Distillery in Pasadena on September 12, 2017, as a kick-off for the final online round of voting in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Distillery owners Greg and Karen Stark toured guests around the distillery, explaining the process of turning grains into liquor. At the end of the tour, guests were treated to a private tasting of Stark Spirits.
Stark Spirits Distillery is Pasadena’s only distillery making artisan liquors including rums, whiskeys, aquavit, gin and their signature Sunshine orange liquor.
Greg Stark’s passion is single malt whiskeys, while Karen enjoys making gin.
Stark Spirits Distillery is located in 1400 square feet in an industrial park in Pasadena. Their equipment includes a handmade copper Hoga still from Spain. “We’re intentionally staying small so that we can be close to every aspect of the distilling process to ensure everything we make is something that we want to drink and enjoy,” Mr. Stark said that evening.
The Stark Spirits Distillery tour and tasking kicked of the final online round of voting in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, a six week cocktail competition hosted by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the City of Pasadena. Voting is live online at www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/vote until Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
Information on Stark Spirits Distillery can be found at www.starkspirits.com.
The SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge culminates in a live taste-off at the Rose Bowl as part of the Taste of Pasadena on September 28, 2017, from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets to the Taste of Pasadena, which includes food tastings and a chance to sample the four finalist cocktails, are $30 in advance and $50 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/taste-of-pasadena and will be available until September 26th.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Taste of Pasadena event at the Rose Bowl on Thursday, September 28th from 6pm to 9pm. No more
than 500 tickets will be sold to the Taste of Pasadena in the Court of Champions in front of the Rose Bowl. No long lines. No waiting for food and drink.
Entertainment will be provided by Dance Syndicate.
Advanced tickets are $30 per person and available at www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/taste-of-pasadena.
Those who do not register and pay in advance pay $50 at the door.
Past participants in the Taste of Pasadena have included local favorites El Cholo Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, Chick-fil-A, Copenhagen Pastry, Du-Par's, Clearman’s Galley, Hilton Pasadena, Lucky Baldwins Pub, Madeline Garden Bistro, Nekter Juice Bar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pasadena Sandwich Company, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, Simply Cupcakes of Pasadena, Stark Spirits Distillery, Stonefire Grill, White Horse Lounge and Whole Foods Market.
We are hosting this in conjunction with our SIP-tember Finale and cocktail tasting. At the end of the event, we will tally votes of the live cocktail tasting and announce Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail for 2017.
The City of Pasadena, The Rose Bowl, and the Pasadena Star-News sponsor the event.