We do it in the wine world, why not spirits, too? Nearly all of Sonoma County’s distilleries offer club memberships that come with a variety of perks, such as discounts and first access to limited production bottles. And, with the pandemic making in-store shopping a little more difficult, home delivery seems like a compelling way to keep you in good spirits while supporting local, family-owned businesses. From mystery boxes and cocktail kits to seasonal spirits and drinks that make you feel like you’re on the beach, local distilleries are delivering their very best right to your doorstep. Click through the gallery above for some of the best distillery clubs in Wine Country.
Club members at Young & Yonder in Healdsburg get first dibs on the distillery’s limited runs of specialty spirits. “We are not widely distributed, so the club gives members access to our products, which they likely cannot widely find in the marketplace,” says Young & Yonder co-owner Sarah Opatz. 449 Allan Court, Healdsburg, 707-473-8077
Young & Yonder currently has two club options. The Forever Young Club requires a single bottle purchase every three months; the Double Y Society requires a two purchase every three months. A new cocktail kit club membership is set to launch in May.
The Secret Sipping Society (just saying the name is fun) gives members access to seasonal, small batch spirits and cocktail kits. The club began with distiller Tara Jasper’s first seasonal gin, Spring, made with fresh botanicals harvested the morning of distillation. 7759 Bell Road, Windsor, 707-799-7052
Sipsong Spirits founder and distiller, Tara Jasper, is also putting together cocktail kits. Up next for the Secret Sipping Society is a nod to the Caribbean with a gin tiki cocktail called The Saturn. “My hope is that in the middle of these hardest months ahead I can help take you away, just in your mind,” says Jasper.
Club shipments happen four times a year and never cost more than $89 each plus tax. In Sonoma County, Sipsong Spirits delivers to your door for free. For those outside of the county, shipping is $15.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the first grappa released by Petaluma’s Barber Lee Spirits, you have to be a club member. When the distillery’s bottled-in-bond rye whiskey comes out, it will also be exclusive to club members. 120 Washington Street, Petaluma, 707-971-7107
Co-owner Michael Barber says there’s also a virtual cocktail class for club members in the works for March, when Barber Lee Spirits releases its first bourbon. To be a club member at Barber Lee Spirits, you must purchase two spirits selected by the distillery every 4 months. Club members get a 15% discount on regular pricing.
Husband and wife team, Jenny and Michael Griffo are holding virtual cocktail hours and maker discussions for Griffo Distillery club members. “I focus more on the cocktails and how to craft a beautiful drink in your home,” says Jenny. “Mike shares more about the art and science of distilling.” 1320 Scott St, Suite A, Petaluma, 707-879-8755
Griffo club memberships include first access to upcoming releases. Things to look forward to in 2021 include a small-batch release of five-year aged rye whiskey, persimmon gin, and an amaro.
Griffo Distillery offer a half-dozen club membership options, including spirits and cocktail kits. Shipments can be as frequent as monthly cocktail kits to spirits delivered every six months.
An aquavit, Triticale whiskey, bitter sloe and an exploratory gin are just a few of the many offerings Spirit Works Distillery has made available to its Spirits Club members before the general public. “While we know our supporters will always love our core spirits, it’s been really incredible for us to share the more creative side of our distillery with them as well,” says Spirit Works Distillery co-owner Ashby Marshall. 6790 McKinley Street #100, Sebastopol, 707-634-4793
Spirit Works Distillery offers three club memberships ranging from four to 12 bottles of spirits per year.
This Windsor distillery turned the pandemic into an opportunity to redo their spirit club, making it more customizable and affordable. “The best part of being a club member at Sonoma Brothers Distilling is you have access to spirits that sell out,” says Kelly Matthies, Sonoma Brothers Distilling Office Manager. “We are truly a small craft distillery and we value quality over quantity every time.” 7759 Bell Road, Windsor, 707-687-5149
Members of Sonoma Brothers Distilling’s new club, California Exclusive, must purchase two bottles of spirits, four times a year (March, June, September, and December). Sign-ups for the new club begin February 10th.
“We try to educate our members to be adventurous when it comes to spirits,” says Fred Groth, who owns and operates Prohibition Spirits Distillery with his wife, Amy. Since opening in 2009, Prohibition Spirits has created more than 50 spirits, allowing for unique club offerings like a member-inspired rhubarb and ginger based gin. 452 First St. East, Sonoma, 707-933-7507
Prohibition Spirits Distillery club has two levels; shipments take place in November, March, and July, and can range in size from two to six bottles.
Launched during the pandemic, the Mystery Box is a theme-based cocktail kit with a live virtual component. Designed to keep members connected between club shipments, Prohibition Spirits has put together more than a half-dozen of the kits so far. The Holiday Mystery Box is pictured. A Mardi Gras Mystery Box is set to be unveiled in February.
This Sonoma distillery recently revamped its membership offerings. There are now two club memberships to choose from. The Main Spirits Society Club allows members to mix and match a variety of Hanson products including vodka, pre-batched cocktails and DIY cocktail kits. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, 707-343-1805
Hanson of Sonoma Distillery now also offers the Spirits Society Cocktail Club. Members receive two pre-batched cocktail kits, six times a year. Flavors are constantly changing, so you’ll never receive the same cocktail twice.
By: Dana Rebmann
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