PlumpJack Wine & Spirits brings you this month’s cocktail club tasting notes, featuring Seven Stills and McVicker Pickles. June marks the beginning of summer. With longer days, abundant sunshine and a bounty of fresh produce it doesn’t get much better than summer. Summer also means the arrival of fresh tomatoes into the markets, and we can’t think of a more useful way to celebrate than with Bloody Marys! The products featured this month are made by local San Francisco producers, Seven Stills and McVicker Pickles and contain everything you need to create an instantly delicious Bloody Mary.
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Seven Stills was officially founded by Tim Obert and Clint Potter in January of 2013. It began as a conversation over drinks at Dobbs Ferry in early 2012. Clint had explained the process of distillation and how whiskey is traditionally made from a low quality beer. Tim, an avid homebrewer thought, “Why don’t we buy a still and see what happens if we distill my homebrews?” They spent the next year creating over 30 different whiskeys before realizing the results were too incredible to squander. They decided to start a company specializing in whiskeys made from craft beers.
They chose to name their brand Seven Stills, after the seven hills of San Francisco. In order to get up and running they launched a vodka line, produced on Treasure Island at Treasure Island Distillery. The vodka provides an easy canvas for mixing and sipping alike. Ever since they launched their vodka line we’ve talked about a feature with Bloody Marys in the cocktail club, so we’re excited for this release. The packaging you see here is brand new, this batch bottling hot off the press (still).
Born and raised in Kansas, Kelly McVicker learned all about pickling and canning from her grandmothers, Margarett and Harriet. When she moved to San Francisco she brought her family tradition with her, and soon found herself haggling over boxes of cucumbers at the farmers market. In 2012, Kelly launched McVicker Pickles, after winning first place in three categories at the 2012 Eat Real Festival in Oakland. Kelly launched McVicker Pickles to bring her love for canning and pickling to the masses, creating updated versions of her family classics. She also teaches pickling classes at Workshop in San Francisco.
After taking a pickling class at Workshop late last year, we got inspired to collaborate with Kelly and feature her pickles as accompaniments to a Bloody Mary themed cocktail club selection. When we approached her about the pickles, Kelly mentioned that she, along with friend Gillian Fitzgerald (of Virgil’s Sea Room) could create a shelf stable Bloody Mix come tomato season. This Bloody Mary mix has evolved over time with lots of experimentation and tinkering. Super accessible, the mix is a little bit spicy, a little bit briny. After McVicker unloaded 20-30 jars at the Maker Faire in San Mateo a couple weeks ago, Proud Mary Mix was officially born.