Ascendant Spirits is the first distillery in Santa Barbara County to legally produce whisky, vodka, moonshine and other spirits since prohibition. Located in the heart of California wine country at the gateway to the Santa Rita Hills in Buellton California, Ascendant Spirits is flanked by the Terravant Winery on one side and Figueroa Mountain Brewery the other side, forming an ideal hub for the creation and enjoyment of the finest beverages.
Our impeccable new distillery is outfitted with handmade equipment that benefits from the culmination of hundreds of years of classic distilling knowledge. This equipment includes a 500 gallon American made copper still custom built to our Master Distiller’s specifications. All of the spirits at Ascendant are patiently hand crafted in small batches by the Master Distiller utilizing the best American grains and as many fresh local and organic products as possible.
Please come and visit us. We have a friendly tasting room with a view of the action and we would love to take you on a tour and show you what we do.
*For more information, see our Blog on "Farm to Glass"
Stephen Gertman, Master Distiller and President
Paul Gertman, Chief Financial Officer
Kyle Herman, Vice President of Sales
Adam Chenoweth, Associate Vice President of Sales
Dave Stoop, Northern California Sales Executive
Kris Bohm, Associate Distiller
Alan Crowder, Assistant Distiller
Jeremy Lake, Brand Ambassador
Shelly Pinoli, Office Manager
Brian Hampson, Scientist
Carol Kay, Controller and Compliance Manager