• The Lost Spirits Distillery Tour

    Pirates of the Caribbean meets high-tech rum-making in DTLA. 

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    The Lost Spirits Distillery tour shares the lore, magic and science behind creating rum and whiskey. 

  • The Lost Spirits Distillery Tour

    Pirates of the Caribbean meets high-tech rum-making in DTLA. 

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

    The Lost Spirits Distillery tour shares the lore, magic and science behind creating rum and whiskey. 

"Unique" is a word that’s bandied about with abandon, often to describe experiences that are all too familiar. But it’s totally on point when talking about the tours offered by the Lost Spirits Distillery, what Timeout Magazine dubbed “a boozy theme park for adults.”

Let’s start with the fact that the year-old working distillery is located on a pretty deserted stretch of downtown LA, turning out whiskey and rum that has earned the industry’s top honors. Then, consider that Lost Spirits, which began in 2010 in Castroville, “the artichoke center of the world,” has perfected a technology that allows them to create a 20-year-aged rum in a mere seven days. You’ll learn just how they do that in a 90-minute tour that includes a journey by riverboat to Whisky Island, a ride on a carousel, encounters with TESSA, the disembodied voice of the operating system that runs the distillery, talking topiary triceratops and snarky tweeting mechanical birds. 

Even more wondrous is the science that the Lost Spirits team imparts, including how they’ve managed to recreate a fabled 1800’s whiskey by way of antique furniture made of a now extinct variety of chestnut that had once provided the wood for aging barrels. Along the way there are ample tastings. Groups can book a 12-person boat for a private tour; Disney and NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab are among those who have. 

The cost is $37 a person; book ahead since the popular tours sell out months in advance. 

With savvy planning and these insider tips you can get more for less. 

 

The Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of MPI held its annual trade show April 12 at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The exhibition followed an education luncheon sponsored by the Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was one of hundreds of events held around the world in observation of Global Meetings Industry Day.

 

I have sweated onions in many kitchens in my lifetime, but never in one as well equipped or filled with as much good cheer as the teaching kitchen at the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay during a recent weekend of their Global Cuisine Series 2018.