The Distillery

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"

The Team

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