21-year-old vodka distiller Hangar 1 to close Bay Area tasting room

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Hangar 1's popular Alameda tasting room is set to close in mid-December.

Hangar 1's popular Alameda tasting room is set to close in mid-December.

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Over two decades old, vodka distiller Hangar 1 is closing its Alameda tasting room, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another.)

Located on Spirits Alley, a wine, beer and spirits destination in Alameda's former naval air station, Hangar 1's outdoor patio has been known for its stunning views of the San Francisco skyline. Earlier this year, another Spirits Alley staple, Rock Wall Wine Company, also closed after 14 years. 


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“This has been a difficult decision for the team but unfortunately it is required to meet the changing needs of the business,” Hangar 1 spokesperson Marissa Sturm told SFGATE in an email.

Distillers Jörg Rupf of St. George Spirits and Ansley Coale of Germain-Robin brandy first launched the company in 2001. In 2010, Rupf decided to sell Hangar 1 to New Jersey-based Proximo Spirits, known for Jose Cuervo tequila and Bushmills Irish whiskey. Hangar 1 moved to its current Alameda airplane hangar location in 2014 and opened the tasting room in 2017.

Despite the upcoming closure of the tasting room on Dec. 18, Hangar 1 vodka will continue to be produced at a partner distillery in the Bay Area, Sturm told SFGATE.

This breaking news story has been updated.