Monthly Archives: March 2013

First and second bottling parties

Bottles waiting to be filled
Our bottling line can fill 6 bottles at a time

Our bottling line can fill 6 bottles at a time

Sealing the bottles

Sealing the bottles

Steve numbering each bottle by hand

Steve numbering each bottle by hand

Box making

Box making

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The finished product!

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Cases of Breaker Bourbon ready for distribution

22 Ascendant fans came to the distillery during 2 separate bottling parties to help us fill, seal, and package our first batch of Breaker Bourbon whisky. Breaker Bourbon is a truly small batch whisky — Steve blended 8 carefully selected barrels together to produce just over 1600 bottles.

Everyone found their role in the process and had a really good time. Some made the boxes for the bourbon to put in for distribution, some filled, some wiped bottles, some sealed, some … After dinner and Breaker Bourbon or American Star Vodka cocktails, each helper got to take a bottle of bourbon home.

 

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Ascendant Spirits Co-Sponsors SB Independent’s Whiskey Cocktail Contest

On Wednesday Ascendant Spirits‘ very own Master Distiller Steve Gertman helped judge the Santa Barbara Independent magazine’s 6th annual amateur cocktail competition at Wildcat Lounge in downtown Santa Barbara. This year, with its occurrence so close to St. Patrick’s Day, the theme was “Whiskey Rebellion” — you guessed it, every cocktail featured some form of whiskey, bourbon, or scotch. Contestants made some amazing concoctions using lots of citrus (grapefruit, clementine oranges), maraschino cherries, BACON (bourbon’s best friend), spicy bloody mary mix, shrimp… the list goes on.

Steve judging the SB Independent's "Whiskey Rebellion" Cocktail Contest

Steve judging the SB Independent’s “Whiskey Rebellion” Cocktail Contest

Ascendant Spirits also sponsored the 1st prize — one of the first bottles of Breaker Bourbon Whisky — as well as the second and third prizes of a personal distillery tour with barrel sampling.

1st Prize Winner Lynn Dubinsky, Steve, and Breaker Bourbon Whisky

1st Prize Winner Lynn Dubinsky, Steve, and Breaker Bourbon Whisky

Read the SB Independent’s coverage here.

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Official Opening with the Town of Buellton

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Last night, over 50 guests, including Buellton’s Mayor Dale, California Senator Jackson, and several media representatives gathered at the Ascendant Spirits, Inc. facility to officially welcome the company to the Buellton community. Backlit by a colorful sunset, the crowd applauded as the mayor, the senator, and the Gertman Family cut the symbolic ribbon. Once the doors opened, attendees had an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes view of the spirits making process. In addition to tastings and delicious appetizers (thanks to the fabulous chefs at Avant next door), guests were guided through the entire spirit-making process by the knowledgeable host, Mr. Paul Gertman.

A wonderful evening for all those who attended!

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Grand Opening Weekend

Ascendant Spirits, Inc.’s Doors Officially Open!

After over two years of preparation, we opened our doors and invited folks in for tastings and tours. Attendees tasted Breaker, our signature Bourbon blended from eight different barrels selected by our master distiller, and American Star, our five time distilled vodka made from 100% American corn. We also offered tours of our facility that walked through the entire process for creating our spirits. Both days we had an amazing turnout – over 400 people came in to welcome us to the neighborhood.  Thanks to everyone who came to support us, and to those of you who missed it, our regular hours are Fridays 4-8pm and Saturdays/Sundays 11-6pm.

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