In 1869, an enterprising 25 year old named John Jacob Pfister emigrated from Switzerland to San Francisco. After exploring various business opportunities, the young entrepreneur decided to leverage his knowledge of the Swiss knitting trade to start the J.J.Pfister Distilling Company, an active wear company specializing in swimming, golf, and tennis apparel as well as baseball and football uniforms. Over the next 25 years, the J.J. Pfister Knitting Company would become known as one of the highest quality clothing operations in the U.S. The J.J. Pfister label on your sporting wear was an assurance you had bought the best.
J.J. Pfister, our patriarch, found his passion in knitting. Nearly 150 years later, we channeled the same entrepreneurial spirit and quality obsession in our own passion of distilling. In 2017, we launched the J.J. Pfister Distilling Company right here in our hometown of Sacramento and named our company in his honor. Our brand icon, a combination of a traditional knitting machine and a copper still, represents both the heritage and future of our family.
Proudly distilled in Sacramento, California, the family-owned and operated J.J. Pfister Distilling Company has grown tremendously in the past four years. Our award-winning craft spirits portfolio has expanded and now includes many organic spirits, Capitol Gin, Organic Vodka, Apple Brandy, Eau De Vie, Drakas and Navy Strength Rum as well as two new classic spirits, High Rye Bourbon and Rye Whiskey – both blended to perfection by our Distilling Team.
J.J. Pfister Craft Spirits
J.J. Pfister Organic Rye Vodka
Made from locally sourced Sacramento Valley organic rye, our premium vodka is true to the style of this foundational spirit. In our tasting sessions, our distilling team realized that this base spirit for gin was simply too good to not be its own vodka. Introduced in early 2020, our Rye Vodka optimizes smoothness and can be enjoyed neat or in the cocktail of your choice.
J.J. Pfister Capitol Gin
Capitol Gin is an ode to our hometown of Sacramento made from locally sourced grains and 9 organic botanicals. Our Double Gold award winner leverages an organic rye base to form the foundation of a premium, smooth spirit with excellent balance. After resting for at least 4 weeks, our London Dry Style gin really shines as it tips off with a juniper-forward note and resolves with a subtle hint of spice from cardamom, cubeb berries, and refreshing lemongrass.
J.J. Pfister High Rye Bourbon
Our distillers handpicked the highest quality barrels to craft our first Bourbon. A superb blend of 4 and 5 year aged barrels with no less than 3 char, this special bourbon has a balanced mouth feel with notes of butterscotch, leather, creme brulee. Our hand-crafted High Rye Bourbon is bottled at 100 proof and best served neat or on the rocks.
J.J. Pfister Rye Whiskey
After choosing distilled spirits from Indiana, our distillers used their impeccably trained palates to artfully blend a superb Rye Whiskey. The result is a Rye Whiskey with a balanced mouth feel and notes of rich holiday spices, cherry, banana bread. While we prefer to drink it neat or on the rocks, we must admit to it makes an amazing craft cocktail. Our Rye Whiskey is bottled at the preferred 100 proof.
J.J. Pfister premium craft spirits are available online and at fine retailers throughout California. To experience our family legacy of excellence, visit the J.J. Pfister Tasting Room in Sacramento – now open for patio dining, craft cocktails, craft spirit tastings and retail sales, including the entire J.J. portfolio of craft spirits and brand merchandise.
J.J. Pfister Distilling Company
9819 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Tasting Room and Retail Sales visit jjpfister.com
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