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Hinterhaus Distilling Tasting Room and Still



Go back to simpler times, when dinner was caught in the morning, handshakes sealed deals, and a special bottle of spirit was shared around the fire with friends. We invite you inside our working California distillery and tasting room where we handcraft, age and bottle our spirits at our 4000ft perch above sea level. 


We welcome you to enjoy a curated selection of our award-winning spirits in a tasting flight during our regular hours.  You'll enjoy our friendly and knowledgable staff within the comfort of our alpine tasting room that offers views into our production space. If you'd rather kick back and relax, we also offer a rotating list of cocktails that feature our spirits.

After visiting us, you’ll find world class recreating options nearby including Calaveras Big Trees State Park’s breathtaking giant sequoia, hiking trails and fishing holes, golfing, boutique shopping, live music, and Bear Valley Ski Resort to name a few. We are just a few hour’s drive from both Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, making us a wonderful stop along your Sierra Nevada pilgrimage. We invite you to see for yourself what continues to attract people to our special neck of the woods. Start planning by visiting Go Calaveras today.

  • Where can I purchase your spirits?
    Our full spirits selection is available at our distillery and tasting room during our open hours in the heart of the California Sierra at 925 Highway 4, Arnold, California. You can also order our spirits to be delivered direct to your door from our online store via the BUY NOW button at the top of the page. Our spirits can also be found at Bottle Shops, Markets, Cocktail Bars and Restaurants throughout California and Colorado. Ask your favorite retailer if they carry Hinterhaus.
  • Do you ship your spirits?
    You can order our spirits to be delivered to your door using the BUY NOW button in the menu of the website at the top of the page.
  • Do you offer tastings and tours?
    We offer tasting flights, a la carte tastes, and cocktails during our regular business hours. We currently do not offer tours.
  • Are children allowed inside the distillery and tasting room?
    No one under the age of 21 is permitted inside our premises. Please arrange accordingly. Patrons should expect to show I.D. when ordering a tasting flight, cocktail or bottles.
  • Are pets allowed inside the distillery and tasting room?
    As we do not offer an outdoor space, we ask that our fellow canine lovers please make other arrangements for their 4-legged companions when visiting us. Certified service animals are always welcome.
  • Why am I limited to purchasing 3 bottles of your spirits?
    California law prohibits distilleries from selling more than 2.25 liters (3x 750ml bottles of spirit) to any adult in any one day.
  • How do tastings work?
    We offer two forms of tasting: a la carte tastes of an individual spirit is a 1/4 oz pour. Full flight tastings include no more than 1 - 1/2 oz of a selection of our available spirits.
  • Can I purchase a cocktail in your tasting room?
    We offer a selection of seasonal cocktails that are a delight to the senses! Please note, state law limits patrons to the consumption of no more than 1.5oz of spirit/day; accordingly, if you would like to enjoy a cocktail, you are not permitted to have a tasting and vice versa.
  • Do you serve food?
    Though we do not serve food, we do offer a small selection of high quality, non-perishable snacks in our mercantile shop. Guests are welcomed to bring uncooked foods to enjoy at one of our tables.
  • Can you host a private event or private tasting?
    We would be happy to discuss your private event or private tasting. Please give us a call so we may determine if our tasting room would be the appropriate site. 209.890.7084.
  • Are your spirits gluten-free?
    At Hinterhaus, we take gluten allergies and sensitivities seriously. The National Celiac Association along with the FDA state that distilled spirits, including those made from grains, are naturally gluten-free thanks to the process of distillation that separates glutens from the remaining compounds (gluten does not vaporize). Our whiskeys are distilled from grains and are gluten-free. Our vodka, gin and liqueurs are distilled from grapes and are also gluten-free.
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