This unique-to-San-Diego gin is sourced with 100% native botanicals from the Anza Borrego desert to the cliffs of Torrey Pines. Named for the year Juan Cabrillo landed on San Diego’s stunning shore, everything in this bottle was available when Cabrillo first arrived. Cheers to 1542 and the unique flavors—past and present—of San Diego.
Michael Skubic is a brewer turned distiller with an entrepreneurial knack for the spirits world. Homebrewer since the age of 21, Michael got a running start post college as co-founder of Mike Hess Brewing Company. Working with Mike Hess they opened the first “nanobrewery” in San Diego. After four and a half years and much success, Michael left the brewery to pursue a longtime dream: distilling. Always the entrepreneur, he noticed that unlike craft beer, the craft spirits industry in San Diego was lacking in tradition. Michael set out to change that (and to be honest, he had always been a whiskey drinker who liked beer). Fathoming something greater, Michael founded Old Harbor Distilling Company in the fall of 2013, a distillery with strong San Diego roots that’s, in fact, the first licensed distillery located in the city’s downtown East Village neighborhood.
Old Harbor’s Blake Heffernan is the Director of Operation and Master Distiller, whose experience includes designing whiskey, vodka and gin recipes at both BNS Brewing & Distilling and You & Yours Distilling Co, in San Diego. He also has traveled abroad where he helped launch Granddaddy Jacks an award-winning distillery in Australia. Blake has numerous medals & awards under his belt and they are certain he has many more on the way.
We proofed 1542 CA Native Botanical Gin at 47% ABV to hold up to any cocktail you can throw it in. It works beautifully in citrus cocktails, but in direct or classics it stands out too.
2.oz 1542 Gin
3/4.oz peach syrup
3/4.oz lime juice
3 dashes bitters
just shake and strain and enjoy!
Bursting with the terrior of Southern California, you immediately smell the fresh sage, Yucca & Elderower. The inclusion of Artemesia Californica, colloquially known as “Cowboy Cologne” as ranch hands would ride through their leaves to get the smell of the trail off them, adds a beautiful perfume note. 1542 is one-of-a-kind gin that takes you on a journey from the shores of Torrey Pines to the Anzo Borrego desert.