Move over craft breweries, there’s a new craft movement in town! Orange County is about to have its very own grain-to-glass distillery. After two years of meticulous planning, founders Brian and Robin Christenson, business partner and actress Kirsten Vangsness—who stars in the CBS hit drama, “Criminal Minds”—and head distiller, Ryan Friesen, have broken ground on their new endeavor—Blinking Owl Distillery, and it’s sure to draw thirsty O.C. residents.
Intrigued by stories of his great grandfather’s bootlegging adventures, CEO Brian Christenson was equally inspired by the craft cocktail and farm-to-table food movements, and the boom of thriving craft distilleries. “We are thrilled to finally start construction. After endless city and county meetings, three different architects and an entire team of consultants, we are finally here and anxious to get started,” he says of the two-year process.
Blinking Owl will produce gin, vodka, aquavit, and several types of whiskey in-house using local ingredients with renowned German-manufactured Carl distilling equipment. It also will offer tours and a tasting room. Tipplers can get in line for their first sip in February.
Blinking Owl Distillery
802 E. Washington Ave.