DRIFT DISTILLERY’S BOOZY ROOTBEER FLOAT, OUR DRINK OF THE WEEK!

“We just expanded into the place next door,” says Drift Distillery’s Ryan Winter. The plan? To install a small kitchen that will serve up some down-home BBQ treats to go along with the cocktails. “We’re from Kansas, so we’re going to do some small plates, maybe a couple of ribs, some cornbread, some brisket, and some salads.”

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SAN CLEMENTE TIMES - DRIFT IS 2ND DISTILLERY SINCE PROHIBITION

Grains of wheat ferment and other spices fuse with flavor. Heated by the distillery, the molecules trickle down into a copper still to combine with alcohol.This chemical processing creates Drift Distillery’s signature whiskey and vodka, San Clemente’s newest liquor and spirits operation and the second distillery in Orange County since the Prohibition Era, according to owner and operator Ryan Winter. Winter and his wife Lesli will be opening the doors of the new South Orange County business in the near future.

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OC WEEKLY - DRIFT DISTILLERY IN SAN CLEMENTE

San Clemente has long reigned as one of the capitals of craft brewing in Orange County, so it's perfect that OC's second-ever distillery since Prohibition just opened in the Spanish Village by the Sea. Drift Distillery is snug inside an office park in the city's interior, just across a hilly street from Artifex Brewing. The outside, with its black windows and sans serif font, hints at the design background of owner-distiller Ryan Winter.

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