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Biodynamic® and Organic Spirits of the Highest Caliber.
Crafted on-site at Marian Farms.

Our Farmhouse Spirits motto, “From our soil to your glass,” is the cornerstone of our distilled spirits operation. We grow all of the raw materials for our spirits ourselves, from Washington Navel oranges to several varieties of grapes. Our fruit bursts with the flavor and quality that comes from Biodynamic® agriculture. We bring out the best in what we grow by treating the farm as a whole, interconnected system. That means that we pay attention to the life and health of the soil, the rhythm of the moon and planets, and the vibrancy of the overall system in addition to the health of the plants. We only use natural methods to fertilize and grow our crops, including Biodynamic® sprays and compost that we make on the farm.

Copper Pot Distillation

marian-farms-stillWe use artisan methods to distill our Biodynamic® fruit into old-world style spirits. Made in a small-batch, copper pot still, each spirit is individually crafted to show the subtle flavors and aromas of its ingredients. This method, which always begins with Biodynamic® farming, produces exceptionally high quality farmhouse spirits.

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Espirito Biodynamic® Brandy

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Aged for over five years in French oak barrels, this brandy unites the flavor and purity of Biodynamically-grown California grapes with the sophistication that comes from aging and old-world techniques. Barrel-aging also gives the spirit more texture and a lustrous golden hue. Smooth, caramelly, and with traces of vanilla, our Espirito de la Valada brandy is bold enough to stand on its own and subtle enough to mix in cocktails. 80 proof, certified Biodynamic® by Demeter USA.

Recipes to Try

HOT TODDY

from Gather Restaurant, Berkeley, CA

.5 oz lemon juice

1 oz spiced simple syrup

3 oz hot water

5 oz brandy

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

SPICED SIMPLE SYRUP

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 sprig rosemary

1 cinnamon stick

2 whole cloves

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Strain.

Farmhouse Pisquita

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Pisquita is our nod to pisco, traditionally the national spirit of Peru and Chile. We decided to make our own because of the special connection of pisco to San Francisco, where it was the drink of choice for generations of miners and sailors. Smooth and aromatic, Marian Farms’ distillate captures the essence of the grapes that were used to make it. The proof is in the pisquita, which was the key ingredient in two different cocktails voted the “Best of 2010.” 80 proof, 750 ml, certified Biodynamic® by Demeter USA.

“it’s the cleanest of all the piscos I’ve tasted”

Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2014

“While the Chileans and Peruvians argue about the right way to make Pisco, over in the California Central Valley, a Biodynamic farm is riffing on the spirit using Muscat and Thompson seedless grapes. Distilled in a traditional copper pot still, it’s the cleanest of all the piscos I’ve tasted, with dark fruit aromas and a slightly sweet violet flavor. It’s terrifically versatile, sippable on its own and harmonious in a Pisco Sour.”

This article first appeared in Wine & Spirits, February 2014.

Recipes to Try

PISQUITA SOUR

from Bar Agricole, San Francisco, CA

1.5 oz Pisquita

.75 oz fresh lime juice

.75 oz simple syrup

.5 oz orange juice

1 egg white

Mix all ingredients together without ice and shake to emulsify ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass.

DRY PISQUITA PUNCH

from Bar Agricole, San Francisco, CA

1.5 oz Pisquita – 1 bottle

.75 oz lemon Juice – 12 oz

1 oz pineapple gum syrup – 16 oz

.5 oz Dolin dry vermouth – 8 oz

Stir all ingredients together. Pour over ice.

Farmhouse Curaçao

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A liqueur made with oranges that we grow ourselves, our farmhouse Curaçao gets its flavor from the rich citrus-friendly land and abundant sunshine in the San Joaquin Valley. Demeter-certified Biodynamic® sugar from the lush fields of South America adds just enough sweetness to round out the citrus. This classic Curaçao is a versatile ingredient for all styles of cocktails, old and new. 56 proof, 750 ml, certified Biodynamic® by Demeter USA.

Where to Buy Spirits

Southern California

Los Angeles

Whole Foods – Pasadena, CA

Whole Foods – Venice, CA

Orange County

Hi-Time Wine Cellars

Northern California

San Francisco/Bay Area:

Camino

Delarosa

Bar Agricole

Sidebar

Gather

Ledger Liquors

Wine on Piedmont

Bull Valley Roadhouse

Assemble Restaurant