2016 Festival Happenings


Live Entertainment

Enjoy a little music with your cocktail?

You’ll be entertained by Leftover Cuties, ZB Savory and Kenny Eng as they bring the Paddock Stage to life with their eclectic ensemble of live instruments and smokey sultry vocals that will take you from western swing to soul music by way of Americana folk.

Educational Presentation Series

Paddock Tavern, 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Distilled: Educational Series

Saturday, June 25
Paddock Tavern

Get the Dirt on Whiskey
Presented by Ed “Dirt” Adams, Master of Whiskey


Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and let Master of Whiskey, Ed “Dirt” Adams, teach you all you need to know about Whisky.

Learn the difference in flavors between the  types of whiskey, what foods pair best with each and  how the type of grain or distillation process can impact the flavor.

Saturday, June 25
Paddock Tavern

Beefy Spirits
Presented by Kill Devil Spirit Co. and Sausage & Meat


“Sausage+Meat” + Spirits = Ugly California Baconshine.

Awaken your spirit with the “rebellious geeks” from Kill Devil Spirit Co. as they team up with San Diego’s Sausage & Meat to create delicious, mini Bloody Mary’s paired with mouth-watering bacon and meats.

Saturday, June 25
Paddock Tavern

RUMmy in Your Tummy
Presented by Malahat Spirits


Distilling 101:  Have you ever wondered what it takes to create the spirits you love?

Malahat Spirits is named after the notorious Malahat Ship, also known as the “Queen of Rum Row”, which provided the finest spirits to Southern California during prohibition. Be ready to take notes and bring your appetite in this daring pairing that is sure to leave you wanting more.

Saturday, June 25
Paddock Tavern

Liberty Never Tasted Sweeter
Presented by Liberty Call Distilling and Brandy’s Sweet Temptations


This sweet pairing is one you won’t want to miss!

Liberty Call Distilling Founder, Bill Rogers has paired up with Brandy Wong from Brandy’s Sweet Temptations to create the most brilliant spirit-infused desserts.  Based on spirits hand-made by Liberty Call Distilling, Brandy has crafted unique, must-try desserts for this decadent demo.

Saturday, June 25
Paddock Tavern

Farm to Bottle
Presented by Sweet Potato Spirits


Learn current cultural practices on the farm, how to recycle, save energy and water, and preserve resources during the distilling process.

Sweet Potato Spirits has cultivated five generations of sweet potato, rye and almond farmers. Their mission is to be a diversified and fully sustainable farm-to-bottle operation.  Most importantly, using their spirits, they will create a special pairing treat to touch on all five of your senses.

Distilled: Cocktail Competition

17 Hands Restaurant & Cantina, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

The Distilled Cocktail Competition is put on in collaboration by the San Diego United States Bartenders Guild. Cocktails will be judged according to USBG rules and regulations. This competition is designed to celebrate San Diego’s distinguished craft cocktail culture and recognize some San Diego’s best cocktail bars. These top craft cocktail bars have been hand selected to create a cocktail for our distinguished guest judges in front of festival attendees. The Competition Award Ceremony takes place on the Paddock Stage at 4:30PM.

Distilled: Cocktail Competition

Bartender: Brian Prugalidad

Bracero Cocina de Raiz de Raiz will transform your spirit with thoughtfully designed spaces that are rustic yet modern, nostalgic and at the same time, impressively forward-thinking.


Bartender: Seth Marquez

Coin Op is a vintage arcade bar located in the heart of North Park. They proudly serve thoughtful cocktails, a variety of craft beer on draft, delicious takes on standard bar fare, and a heaping side of nostalgia.


Bartender: Stephen Kurpinsky

George’s Level 2 is the latest concept from George’s at the Cove, bringing craft cocktails and breathtaking views of the La Jolla Cove and the Pacific coastline.


Bartender: Eric Giger

Located in Normal Heights, Sycamore Den is a modern take on the late 1970s middle-class family living room, complete with a functioning fireplace and (non-functioning) wall hung shotguns.


Bartender: Evgeny Anisimov

Located in Mission Bay, Tidal offers a thoughtful dining selection of local seafood and craft beverages that, like the ever changing tides, shift seasonally at Mother Nature’s whim.


Bartender: Michelle Willard

Located in bustling North Park, URBN Coal Fired Pizza/Bar prides itself on its signature urban appeal, serving up both traditional and eclectic New Haven style pizza alongside local brews and craft cocktails.

Specialty Cocktails

17 Hands Restaurant & Cantina, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

These specialty Fair themed cocktails have been created by the San Diego Bartenders Guild and will be available to taste every hour during the Distilled Festival in the 17 Hands Restaurant & Cantina!

Distilled: Cocktail Competition
Garden Party
  • 2oz Old Harbor San Miguel Gin
  • 1 Lime
  • .75oz Simple Syrup
  • Mint Leaf and Cucumber Garnish
The Horseless Carriage
  • 2oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • .75oz G.E. Massenez Liqueur di Apricot 
  • .75 Lemon
  • .25 Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dash Bitters
Queen of Hearts
  • 2oz Tequila Fortaleza Blanco
  • 1oz Grapefruit Juice
  • .5oz Lime
  • .75oz Pomegranate Agave (2:1 sub pomegranate for water)
Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • 1oz Malahat Black Tea Rum
  • 1oz Malahat Ginger Rum
  • 1 Lime
  • .75oz Honey Syrup (2:1)
  • Lime Wedge Garnish