Inside Greenbar Collective, L.A.'s First Distillery Since Prohibition

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Beautiful facade brightens up 8th Street Photo: Lesley Balla

Last night we slipped into the grand opening celebration for Greenbar Collective, a splashy new distillery hidden among the warehouses downtown. Litty Mathew and Melkon Khosrovian moved operations from Monrovia downtown to produce Tru Vodka, Crusoe Rum, Barkeep Bitters, and Ixta Tequila. With the new 14,000-square-foot space, they're upping production more than tenfold, going from 150,000 bottles to, when running at full capacity, 4,000,000 a year, which makes Greenbar producers of the largest portfolio of organic spirits in the world. So what's inside?

The boozy magic happens on the main floor of the distillery, which houses several shiny new tanks, copper stills and a bottling room. Upstairs, there's a lovely bar area that unfortunately won't be open to the public, but will host one-off mixology events and classes for bartenders, chefs and restaurateurs. The design is clean and green: It's the first business to open in L.A.'s new Clean Tech Corridor, according to KPCC. Cool, especially over ice.

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Down at the distillery.Lesley Balla

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Branding behind the bar.Lesley Balla

Earlier: L.A. Getting Its First Distillery Since Prohibition and It's All Organic [GS]