Alcohol....The Social Lubricant (Julz Birthday Celebration in San Francisco)
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FinallyâŚSaturday was here and it was Julzâs birthday! I had stayed out partying pretty late the night before with my local âmeet upâ group friends at a local casino and then the tail end of a wine party. I had about 4 hours sleep when it was time to get up and ready for my two hour drive to
Poor Julz had no idea what plans awaited her for her bday! Since she doesnât drink wine, I was on a mission to find another âgirlyâ type outing like wine tasting. I remembered there was a vodka distillery in
True to form, I was a little late picking her up but we were still doing ok on time.
We drove through the base and Julz still had zero idea of what we were doing. Once we got in, we started our tastings so we could know what everything tasted like prior to the tour. I knew they made other spirits besides vodka but wasnât aware we were going to be tasting like 10 different things.
We started with two fruit fortified brandies which were yummy. From there we moved on to four different vodkas - three of which were infused. Unlike most infused vodkas, Hangar One uses real ingredients not artificial additives. After the vodkas, we moved on to two whiskeys. I am definitely not a whiskey person but the smoother âgatewayâ whiskey one aged for about 6 years was tolerable. After the whiskeys, we tried two herbal tea liqueurs. The first one was yummy but the second one tasted a wee bit smokey or as Julz said âit tasted like a campfireâ. LOL. After the tea liqueurs, it was on to the fruit liqueurs. OMGâŚtalk about heaven in a bottle. The raspberry liqueur was very much like the raspberry wine I had in
By now, it was time for our tour to start and the guide was a girl named âAndyâ who was HYSTERICAL. The tour was long for a small production facility but she provided incredible insight to the history of the company, as well as alcohol production, bottling, and ultimately consumption. The end of the tour was the history of Absinthe and itâs ban in the
Toward the end of the tour as we were at the bottling line machines, both Julz and I spotted eye candy! They had come into the tour late and one of the guys was pretty good looking. They ended up being down on the opposite end of the bar when we did our Absinthe tasting but we had a good view (see accompanying pic of the hot guy).
After trying hard to finish the Absinthe, we walked around their store area a bit and just as I was looking at a dessert cookbook by
We stopped outside to get some photos of the SF Bay and the Bay Bridge and I was getting a bit worried since it was starting to get hazy and our evening activity was outdoors and too many clouds would ruin it! Anyways, we got some great photos of the naval ships which are actually part of a museum - was unaware of that so that is something to check out another time when I am down in the area.
As we get on the road and cross over to the Bay Bridge to head into San Francisco, I turn to get a glimpse of the Bay and spot hot guy from the vodka tasting room next to us on the freeway! Talk about strange timing - somehow they had left and not only caught up with us on the freeway but they were headed over the packed Bay Bridge into the City.
After losing them back in traffic somewhere, we made our way through SF over to the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito for lunch/dinner on the Bay! I've been by the Golden Gate Bridge and over it but this was my first time actually driving it - pretty cool. We would've stopped for pics but the lots were all full, it was kinda cold, and we were on a schedule as Julz main surprise still awaited! :D