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Hinterhaus is named in honor of the hinterland at our doorstep - the vast Sierra Nevada wilderness that has long beckoned explorers and adventurers to this breathtaking mountain range. Our spirits are born beneath the long shadows and rustling needles of tall trees using fresh mountain water that flows just beyond our doors before bottling at our 4000 ft perch. We are proudly family operated, and we collaborate with our neighbors to source local ingredients and casks. Every spirit we produce reflects the pristine region we call home. Enjoy a taste of the Sierra with us, and we raise a dram to those who carve their own path.


- Nate & Bonnie Randall, Proprietors




Whiskey Review: Hinterhaus Distilling Calaveras Cask Strength Single Barrel Reserve

Hinterhaus Distilling Calaveras Cask Strength Single Barrel Reserve is a testament to the future of finished bourbons and a masterpiece of a craftsman pursuing his craft. 5 out of 5 stars.  

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The 30 Best Rye Whiskeys for 2023 - Best Rye Whiskey over $100

Trapper’s Oath delights with vibrant aromas of cherry-flavored bubble gum, which prove to be a worthy foil for old oak and the [Stout Beer] finishing casks.

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Is the best Bourbon really from Kentucky? Maybe not.

94 Points, Top 10 Bourbon, Top 100 Spirit

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American Single Malt Whiskeys We Love, Tasted Double Blind And Ranked

It’s classic American single malt whiskey and feels like it through and through.

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Say Hello to Hinterhaus Distilling

...we love that they’re building a business on sourcing models that are innovative, scalable, and realistic; on nuanced techniques like open fermentation, elevage (a term for more attentive barrel aging), and slow proofing; and on inviting more people into a whiskey world where expertise is ungendered.

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The Best Craft Vodkas According To The American Distilling Institute

Best in Category, Double Gold

- The American Distilling Institute -

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Terroir with a twist: California’s Gold Country yields hyper-local craft spirits


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Whiskey Review: Hinterhaus American Single Malt Whiskey - Discovery

A stunning testament to the wild possibility of expression that can be found in carefully sourced base ingredients. This is simply excellent malt whiskey.

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11 of our Favorite Gins for Martinis

This a bold gin, with plenty of fruit and funk. Hints of orange peel, maple and red fruit lead to a piquant exit sprinkled with pink and black pepper. 

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Spirited Endeavor

Though last year was challenging for local businesses, one local husband and wife team successfully opened a new craft distillery in the midst of the pandemic. 

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