On Feb. 3rd, Something Monday, our casual, social bike ride in partnership with San Antonio B-cycle, will take us to the Dorćol Distillery for a tour of the new establishment and, naturally, a taste of their signature spirit.
Yes. It will be cold. While our staff and a few brave souls will be riding from the Blue Star Complex at 6 p.m., those that would like to forgo the cold bike ride can join us at the distillery at 6:30 p.m.
Chris Mobley and Boyan Kalušević, who met at The University of Texas at Austin, founded Dorćol on the idea of making handcrafted spirits and introducing them to the local market. This boutique distillery adds an amazing new experience to the urban core – it’s the only liquor distillery in the greater downtown area and it’s introducing new types of liquors to the San Antonio market. The distillery is located off on 1902 South Flores in the middle of the emerging Lone Star Arts District and shares the community’s dedication to local art and creativity.
Their inaugural spirit, Kinsman Rakia, is a double-distilled, apricot-based liquor with origins in eastern Europe. Kinsman is produced in a direct-flame copper pot still that was handmade by a father and son coppersmiths. The design of the still ensures just the right amount of spirit-to-copper contact to create a flavorful, full-bodied spirit that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.
We will depart from the B-cycle Station in the Blue-Star Complex (1414 S. Flores) and take a nice cruise on Cevallos Street to make our way to Dorćol. The ride is a little under 2 miles there and back.
After the tour and free samples, we’re invited to stay at the distillery to (responsibly) enjoy some cocktails made with Kinsman Rakia – which should warm our bellies for the chilly ride back to Blue Star.
As typical of many establishments in San Antonio, the distillery is closed on Mondays but owners have generously agreed to open up shop for us. Cheers to that.