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The Spirit Guild Hopes to Start Distilling in the Arts District Soon

The fledgling company is working away on Mateo Street.

Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Arts District might just be getting another true distillery sooner rather than later. The Spirit Guild, founded by Morgan McLachlan and Miller Duvall, seems to be coming along nicely, thanks to constant construction inside of the Mateo Street space.

Even with all of the recent changes and efforts by big developers to start monetizing the hotbed neighborhood, it still feels like anything is possible inside one of the many retrofitted warehouse spaces. That’s at least in part what initially drove McLachlan and Duvall into the area, where they’ve been working to bring their collection of gins and proprietary spirits to market for a few years.

An ABC license has been taped to the plywood just down the street from Blue Bottle Coffee since late last year, and a peek in recently shows a gleaming interior that, with a little clean up, almost looks ready to roll. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that — even with the stills on site, The Spirit Guild could be a ways off from officially opening to the public.

Things get tricky with the city when trying to distill in a public area, and without much of a prior backbone of people making spirits on site in Los Angeles, only time will tell as to when the Guild can open their doors. For more details, read up on The Spirit Guild over at Gin & Luck.