Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills Whiskey Expands Across California

California Central Coast small-batch distillery Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills recently said it is expanding its “Cut With The Pacific” craft whiskey across the state.

SLO Stills was crafted by California surfer Rodney “Rod” Cegelski and Aussie jackaroo Harnish “Hammer” Marshall. It was founded in partnership to share a passion for quality craft whiskey and the Central Coast, the distillery said in a prepared statement.

Each barrel-aged spirit is cut and proofed with purified Pacific Ocean water.

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Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills whiskey (image via Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills)

“SLO Stills has been handcrafted to reflect our story,” said Marshall. “We’re thrilled to be breaking out of our hometown to show everyone how California does whiskey.”

Within the first year of operating its tasting room, Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 100 Spirits of 2020.”

“We’ve spent years perfecting our Reserve Rye Whiskey,” said head distiller Paul Quinn.  “To have our longest-standing spirit rank amongst the top whiskeys in the nation is a great honor.”

Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills craft spirits are available in 750ml bottles at select retailers across California. The distributed lineup includes a Straight Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey and barrel-strength Cask Bourbon alongside their bottled Old Fashioned.

The distillery is located in San Luis Obispo, California, and offers tours of the distilling process. They also have a tasting room on site.

Information about the straight bourbon indicates it is at least two years of age, bottled at 112 proof and made from a mash bill of 55% corn, 35% rye and 10% barley. The straight rye, meanwhile, is also at least two years of age, bottled at 90 proof and made from a mash bill that’s 95% rye based.


Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.