Bummer and Lazarus

The Riff-Raff

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On Sunday, a select and very lucky group of us were granted access to the top-secret(ish) and charmingly industrial premises of Raff Distillerie. A craft distiller, long-time vintner, and bartender, Carter Raff founded his company in 2011. Having occupied the former Navy Brig on Treasure Island, Carter has a (probably haunted) gem on his hands – from the solitary-confinement-turned-storage rooms to the yard with basketball lines still painted on the ground. Here the craftsman produces batches of his outstanding gin and absinthe (“the best absinthe in the world,” according to the man himself) in a hand-machined and -built still. The passion and dedication evident in the fabrication of both his tools and his product is remarkable. With scrupulously-sourced ingredients and meticulous construction, his spirits are exceptionally good. (more…)