Twisted brews at Manzanita

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Chaotic, blonde, and moonshine—abbreviated labels attached to the spirits served at Santee’s Twisted Manzanita Spirits.

President/CEO Jeff Trevaskis, said more than 100 people attended the grand opening of the tasting room on Feb. 21.

It was perfect timing for the former Manzanita Brewing to showcase its new tasting room and new name.

Chaotic, blonde, and moonshine—abbreviated labels attached to the spirits served at Santee’s Twisted Manzanita Spirits.

President/CEO Jeff Trevaskis, said more than 100 people attended the grand opening of the tasting room on Feb. 21.

It was perfect timing for the former Manzanita Brewing to showcase its new tasting room and new name.

The tasting room is next door to the brewery and for $5 offers a flight of six 1/4 ounce shots of Manzanita SoCal Moonshine, Manzanita Oaked SoCal Moonshine, rye whiskey, and orange vodka.

During the grand opening weekend half of all the profits were slated to be donated to the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) Warrior Foundation.  The foundation is next door to Twisted Manzanita and the San Diego ambassador, Tracy Baugh, was on hand to answer questions about the program and her son, Otis, is an active member of this special unit stationed at Ft. Hood.

Baugh commented on how generous Trevaskis is in not only supporting her foundation but other organizations in the community as well.

“It’s like ‘Cheers’ of Santee,” said Christie Gibson, “Where everybody knows your name.”

While Twisted Manzanita does not serve food, food trucks rotate visits to the brewery.

“It all started because we wanted to make a better rye whiskey” said head distiller, Jake Pitman.  “I didn’t feel that rye whiskey had been done justice.”

Twisted Manzanita plans to expand the sale of his products to other states.

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