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Distilled California: An Imbibed History


Join Dylan Almendral, Gentleman Historian, and Ryan Friesen, Distiller Extraordinaire, for an evening of libations and laughs as they dive into the rich legacy of subtle inebriation in Orange County with its beginnings as a premier wine region of California, prior to Northern California's rise to fame. Learn about Orange County's boozy history prior to 1900, and the technology and techniques of distilling while viewing the Bowers' historic brandy still, formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Forster.

This program will include access to the Bowers' Historic Wing galleries as well as a special brandy cocktail, Camino Viejo, made by Santa Ana distillery Blinking Owl.

6 PM | Doors/ Tangata Restaurant, Exhibits, and Gallery Store Open
8 PM | Presentation begins
Ticketed Event: Member $30 | General $45 | Ticket includes presentation, exhibit access and one Camino Viejo cocktail. 

*Limited capacity seating will be assigned in advance with 6 feet distance between households
*Advanced reservations only; tickets may not be purchased in combination with other households

*Groups containing guests from different households may sit together with proof of vaccination from each person

*Masks always required except while eating or drinking

TICKETS: Online. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Image credit: 

Brandy Still, c. 1776-1831
Southern California
Copper; 53 x 36 in.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Forster

Event details

May 22, 2021 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706
TEL: 714.567.3600

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