Ever wondered what a working distillery looks like? Now you can find out without ever having to leave city limits. Greenbar Collective, the small-batch craft distillery which launched in the Arts District in 2004, recently started offering public tours of its facility (complete with tastings).
In case you’re not familiar, Greenbar is actually L.A.’s first distillery since Prohibition, founded by husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew. The two have placed an emphasis on recycled packaging and plants one tree for every bottle sold. The distillery produces a line of spirits that includes vodkas, gin, tequilas, whiskeys, rums, locally-sourced liqueurs, and bitters.
On the tour, you’ll spy two types of stills—one batch pot, one continuous column—whiskey wood being toasted on-site, fermenting fruits and grains, barrel-aging in various types of wood, and a state-of-the-art bottling line. Tours, which last about an hours, cost $12 per guest and include six 1/4 oz samples (enough to ensure you don’t leave too buzzed) at the space’s second-floor tasting room. Reservations are required and can be made online.
Greenbar Collective, 2459 E. 8th St., Downtown, 213-375-3668