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If there's one thing Austrian Ulli Bisono learned about her home country's liquor growing up, it was this: she didn't really like it. While she had plenty of opportunities to sample the local wares, she found that she preferred alcohol products from other corners of the globe. And so, when Ulli returned many years later, she wasn't expecting any change, but she was surprised to find that everything she'd learned had been wrong. Since Ulli had left, the Austrian liquor business had gone through a renaissance, using fresh ingredients and new distilling methods to create flavorful brandies and liquors. This is when Ulli fell in love. When she returned to America, she and her partner, Caesar Bisono, opened Half Moon Bay Distillery in California, where they could make Austrian-style products with the fresh fruits of the California valleys. Here's a look at some of their wares:
- Purissima Vodka: The flagship product of the distillery, this small-batch vodka is crafted from wheat and a touch of barley, giving it a silky-smooth feel.
- Harvard Avenue Gin: This 90-proof gin is created from a custom blend of 12 botanicals, which include juniper, citrus flavors, and warm spices.