Junipero Gin from san francisco, ca

The first of its kind, Junipero fearlessly led the birth of American craft gin in 1996

The first of its kind, Junipero fearlessly led the birth of American craft gin in 1996

The original Anchor Distilling Company was established in 1993 by Fritz Maytag, the same beverage visionary who sparked the craft beer movement with his purchase of Anchor Brewing in 1965. Maytag had rescued the struggling brewery and its iconic steam beer, and after several decades of exclusively producing beer, Maytag saw an opportunity to expand into the distillation of spirits.


Fritz’s vision of a rye whiskey revival was fueled by the bold realization that there were no pot-distilled whiskeys being made legally in America at the time. Finding inspiration in the rye whiskeys of America’s past and the great single malt whiskeys of Scotland, Fritz gathered a small team to begin top secret research and experimentation in the distillery. The first whiskey went into barrel in 1994, and the distillery soon began producing three rye whiskeys under Fritz’s guidance, all pot-distilled spirit from a mash of 100% malted rye. Over time, the range of spirits expanded into other categories, with the addition of Junípero Gin and Genevieve genever. The creation of Junípero was particularly significant, as it effectively started the movement towards high-end craft gin in the United States.


In 2017, Anchor Brewing Company was sold, and although Anchor Distilling Company was not part of the sale, it relinquished the rights to use the “Anchor” trademark. In early 2018, the new name of “Hotaling & Co.” was announced, a reference to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskeys and to the San Francisco legend A.P. Hotaling, who came out West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the most reputable spirits dealers in the country. Born in 1828, Hotaling moved from New York to California in 1852, where he found his calling in San Francisco as a purveyor of fine whiskeys and proceeded to build the largest liquor wholesaler in the West. In San Francisco drinks culture, Hotaling’s name became immortalized when his whiskey warehouse on Jackson Street survived the 1906 San Francisco earth- quake and fire. Today, the Hotaling name remains a part of San Francisco drinking culture as the distillery celebrates 27 years of production, a proud tradition that will continue into the future.

Junipero Gin

The Original American Craft Gin

The first of its kind, Junipero fearlessly led the birth of American craft gin in 1996.

Decades later Junipero is still made by hand in San Francisco and celebrates those who break with convention to pursue an original path.

More Firsts, Less Fear.

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Junipero Gin

SIP Awards 2020

94 Points

Junipero Gin

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020

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When it’s only Tuesday but your mind is at the beach … ...

Let this simple cocktail of 1.25oz Junipero, .5oz dry vermouth, and .75oz Luxardo Aperitivo give you a glimpse of the coming weekend. Recipe by @stilllifewithbooze. ...

This July, Sub Junipero!
From @thrillist: Junipero Gin is teaming up with, a nonprofit charity that supports hospitality professionals who have endured mental, physical, or financial trauma, as well as the needs of hospitality industry professionals hit hard by the pandemic.
All you have to do to help is go to @oldshipsaloon, @highhorsesf @fishandfarm and @theshowdownsf in San Francisco or @bungalow44 and @thebuckeyeroadhouse in Marin anytime during July, and ask to “sub Junipero” in your cocktail of choice.
Every time you “#subjunipero,” Junipero Gin will donate a dollar to In the Weeds. Sub Junipero gin in your drink at any of these spots to help hospitality folks.
Cost: Depends on how much you drink.

As a result of Junipero Gin's performance at the 2021 @bartenderspiritsawards, we are thrilled to announce that Junipero Gin has landed at #10 on this list of Top 50 Spirits of 2021!
"12 botanicals including juniper, aniseed, angelica root, bitter orange peel, cardamom, cassia bark, orris root, orange peel, lemon peel, grains of paradise, cubeb, and coriander are infused to make the Junipero Gin. The nose has a strong juniper core with crisp citrus notes with the palate having a big structure. It opens up in the mouth and by its finish reveals its full complexity with notes of lemon peel, cardamom and lemongrass."

Fresh watermelon juice and Junipero are the beginnings of a delicious and refreshing summer cocktail. Mix it up by muddling some cucumbers or whatever herbs you may have on hand. ...

Love a good Gin & Tonic? @vinepair recommends Junipero, the gin that "pays homage to the very ingredient that defines" it, as one of the best to use in a G&T. ...