Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana will close for 25 days after a Sacramento administrative law judge affirmed Alcohol and Beverage Control allegations the spirits maker had served too much alcohol to an undercover agent.
The shutdown begins Nov. 12 and stems from licensing that regulates how much alcohol a distillery can serve to public guests and the difference between such patrons and people at private events, where limits aren’t in effect.
A spokesperson said in a note to the Business Journal, “we adamantly disagree with the application of the ruling and interpretation of the code.”
Blinking Owl has about 10 employees; the shutdown will cost $50,000 in lost revenue.
An explanation of the events on its website said the distillery, founded by Brian and Robin Christenson, “will of course, comply.”