Distillery No 209

The No. 209 story begins in New York in 1870, when William Scheffler purchased the patent for California rights to a new design of a pot still. A distiller at heart, in 1882 Scheffler added a stone and brick distillery to the winemaking facilities at Edge Hill in San Francisco.

He registered the distillery with the Federal Government and was given distillery license number 209 which he proudly painted above the front door of his new distillery building.


Recreated in 2005 by distiller Leslie Rudd, Distillery No. 209 Gin and San Francisco are a natural fit. They not only share a reverence for tradition and a passion for the best, but also a confident push-the-boundaries attitude that encourages risk-taking and daring innovation. So putting their distillery – the only distillery in the world that is built over water – on renovated Pier 50 in San Francisco was an easy decision.


Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker had this to say; “I rarely drink hard liquor but I must say this was the smoothest gin I have ever had.”  It also made the list of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Spirits. 

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