Stark Spirits: Until, Until, Until…

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By KAREN ROBINSON-STARK

11:22 am | June 14, 2017


Stark Spirits had the rewarding opportunity to be a sponsor for an amazing play, Until, Until, Until… by Edgar Arceneaux. The limited run play was a superb re-telling and vindication of a very painful experience in the life of actor/dancer/performer Ben Vereen, in the not very distant past. The performance by Frank Jensen as Ben Vereen was powerful, deeply moving and elegant. It was an honor to have had a part in the production of this superb staged play.

Actually, the part that Stark Spirits played was quite fun and frivolous! Edgar conceived his play as an experience for the audience that brought them into it, almost as participants. To our pride and delight, a little bar was placed just adjacent to the seating and the play goers were treated to servings of the spirits donated by Stark Spirits. We had donated several cases of Skyline Gin, which was served in a cocktail. Our donations of the California Single Malt Whiskey, California Peated Single Malt Whiskey and Sunshine Orange Brandy were served on the rocks. Patrons were treated to a serving of the spirit of their choice.

The artistry of Arceneaux was the experience of going from a light-hearted state of mind into an experience of unexpected emotional intensity. The audience was mesmerized. After the play the audience had the opportunity to mingle once again among the artwork that was on display in the gallery, the Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in Culver City, where the play was held. People were touched with awe and compassion, and because they’d already had time to get to know each other, it was a very supportive group.

Greg and I were thrilled at the accolades we received for our spirits. People wanted to know where to find them and if they could visit us. We referred them to the list of retailers on our website and told them, of course, you can visit. Just sign up online and we’ll schedule your tour!

Stark Spirits is the first micro-distillery opened in Pasadena and only the second in Los Angeles County. The Starks crossed the threshold in March 2013 and were licensed by both the Federal Government and the State of California that following December. The distillery is located in The Business Park of Pasadena at Lincoln and Washington. As the Starks say, up the street and around the corner from the Rose Bowl.

Stark Spirits produces eight different types of spirit beverages. Their California Silver Rum was their first foray into distilling, followed very closely by Sunshine Orange Brandy. It was very gratifying for them to see those two products picked up by their distributor, JVS Imports, and taken directly to Everson Royce in Old Town Pasadena just days after they received certification to do business in the city in December 2014.

Now Stark Spirits can be found throughout Pasadena in fine restaurants, bars and retail stores, all listed on their website, www.starkspirits.com. The Stark Spirits product line has also expanded. There are eight in all, including California 151 Rum, California Gold Rum, and Traditional Aquavit. The remainder of their line is the Skyline Gin and California Single Malt and California Peated Single Malt whiskeys that were donated to the exceptionally wonderful play, Until, Until, Until…

 

Stark’s Spirits are available locally at:

Everson Royce Wine & Spirits,
155 Raymond Avenue, Pasadena.
Phone: (626) 765-9334

La Petite Vendome Wine and Spirits,
958 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge.
Phone: (818) 952-408

Mission Wine and Spirits
1801 East Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
Phone: (626) 797-0500

Remedy Liquor, 823 Foothill Blvd.,
La Cañada Flintridge.
Phone: (818) 790-0078

Vinotera Wine,
102 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena.
Phone: (626) 396-9234