Local Distillery Receives Good Food Award
This is a press release from Alchemy Distillery:
Alchemy’s award winning Gin is made with a base of Hollis hard red wheat locally grown by Lisa and Lawrence Hindley in
Honeydew, CA. less than 80 miles from Alchemy Distillery.
As quoted from their web site, the Good Food Awards (GFA) “honor recipients who push their industries towards craftsmanship and
sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on
winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious which also supports sustainability and social
In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, spirits entries must meet the following standards:
• Made in the USA or US territories.
• Utilize ingredients that are grown and sourced responsibly, with awareness of origin, seasonality, trade and labor practices.
• If the primary ingredient is a fruit, it is sourced domestically where possible, and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides,
pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers. Where a grain is the primary ingredient there is a strong effort made to use ingredients free of
these inputs wherever possible.
• Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
• Distilled without genetically modified ingredients, including the use of GM corn to produce grain neutral spirits.”
2,057 products were entered into this year’s GFA spanning 15 categories. Only 16 spirits were chosen as winners.
Alchemy Distillery is Arcata’s first and only craft distillery. It is also Humboldt’s lone distillery procuring and milling local grains,
producing the freshest spirits possible. Alchemy’s focus is small batch spirits made exclusively on American-Made
equipment. Their brand name is “Boldt” a nod to the incredibly beautiful County in which they are made.
Alchemy Distillery is owned by husband and wife team Amy and Steve Bohner. Community members may recognize the Bohners
from their first business- Alchemy Construction- awarded the North Coast Journal’s “Best Construction Company” the past 4 years in
a row. Their construction projects include Café Brio, The Arcata Alibi, Dead Reckoning Tavern, Arcata Scoop, Campground
Restaurant and a plethora of custom residential projects. Sharing a love of craft spirits and small business, these entrepreneurs started
pursuing their dreams of a distillery in 2010. Their first spirit, Boldt Clear Whiskey, hit shelves in March 2016 and sold out in one
In addition to Clear Whiskey, their award winning Genever style Gin can be found in local stores, restaurants and bars thanks to
Humboldt Beer Distributors- a family owned and operated company since 1974. California retailers outside of Humboldt County can
carry Boldt Spirits by contacting Libdib.com.
Future release of Boldt spirits include “Single grain, single barrel” Whiskies as well as Humboldt County Straight Bourbon which are
aging in barrels. Alchemy Distillery will also be releasing a Los Bagels Whiskey which is made from “upcycled” day old bagels from
the popular local bakery. This creative re-use Whiskey has been highlighted in Distiller Magazine as well as The Daily Beast.
Alchemy has also been featured in Artisan Spirits, California Bountiful and Contractor Magazines which focused on the Bohner’s
building their own distillery from the ground up.
Alchemy Distillery is open to the public the second Friday (Arts Arcata) and the last Saturday of each month. Their location is 330
South G Street, just across from the Arcata Marsh parking lot. Friday’s hours are 6-9 PM. Saturday’s hours are 2-7. Free tours are
offered at the top of every hour and no reservations are needed. This Saturday’s signature cocktail will be “Grown-Up Chocolate
Milk” made with Boldt Clear Whiskey infused with Dick Taylor’s cocoa nibs and Humboldt Creamery’s milk. Dick Taylor Craft
Chocolate also won a Good Food Award this past week for their 73% Northerner Blend bar.
For more information about Alchemy Distillery visit their web site www.alchemydistillery.com or their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.