The Valley’s thriving distilleries prove we’re far from a dry state
A drink a day keeps the doctor away. That’s how the saying goes, right? From vodka and gin to rum and whiskey, these Arizona distilleries are sure to quench your cravings for quality spirits.
Blue Clover Restaurant & Distillery
7042 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale
Weston Holm, the brother of mixed martial arts fighter Holly Holm, is gearing up to enter a competitive arena of his own: the distilling business. Blue Clover is set to open in Old Town Scottsdale this November and will house a “full-on” mixology bar with spirits produced on-site. You won’t be drinking on an empty stomach – a full food menu will be available to pair with Blue Clover’s citrus-infused spirits.
Lucidi Distilling Co.
8307 W. Washington St., Peoria
Distilling is part of a five-generation tradition for owner Christopher Lucidi. Lucidi Distilling Co.’s West Valley location has deep roots as well. Located in Old Town Peoria’s historic Fire Station No. 1, Lucidi serves up a blend of the old and the new. Every Friday and Saturday, customers can take a $14 tour that includes a sampling of three spirits (vodka, gin, rum or whiskey) and a specialty cocktail. “I think one of the great things about visiting here is our focus on quality,” bartender and social media coordinator Megan Campbell says. “Our cocktail program sets the bar pretty high.” Bottles range from $30-$50.
1725 W. Williams Dr., Phoenix
This West Valley microdistillery lets customers in on how the sausage – er, vodka – is made. Owners Mike Mazzarotto and John Racer are opening up “mini tours” of their distillery to the public and a new bar stocked with Paradox products, including vodka, gin and rum. Mazzarotto and Racer invested in a 12-layer distiller that has more filters than the average distiller. “That’s the one that really refines it,” Mazzarotto says. “It comes out almost pure alcohol.” Paradox’s spirits are available at a number of in-state locations and bottles are priced around $30.
Arizona Distilling Co.
601 W. University Dr., Tempe
Tempe’s Arizona Distilling Co. aims to tell the stories of Arizona’s history through its award-winning products: Commerce Gin, Copper City Bourbon and Mission Vodka all pay homage to Arizona history. The distillery received Double Gold awards for its bourbon, gin and vodka at the San Francisco Spirits Competition – the only distillery in the world to achieve this feat. Arizona Distilling Co. also has private tours and a tasting room open to the public. If you’re picking up a bottle, it’ll cost you around $40.
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