Twelve Rounds Brewing plans to open a distillery

Turns out, Twelve Rounds Brewing Company dreams of whiskey. The brewery plans to become Sacramento’s first distillery.

“There’s a lot of micro-distilleries in Washington and Oregon,” said Twelve Rounds owner Dan Murphy. “For some reason, the concept just hasn’t caught on in Sacramento.”

Currently, there’s only one distillery in all of Sacramento County: Gold River Distillery in Rancho Cordova, and it was the county’s first distillery since Prohibition in the 1920s. Gold River launched in 2014.

The brewery-distillery concept isn’t new. In just California, Murphy cited the success of Anchor Brewery & Distillery in San Francisco and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits in San Diego. Murphy plans to utilize a neighboring building and make all the mash in the East Sacramento brewery.

Murphy is actively looking for a distiller to join Twelve Rounds and estimates launching the distillery in about a year. He plans to start with whiskey then maybe move on to white rum and gin. That’ll all happen before Twelve Rounds’ kitchen, which Murphy said he still plans to complete but that construction will be challenging.

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