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OLD 49 Distilling

Los Angeles, CA


OLD 49 California Whiskey is distilled, barreled, and bottled entirely by hand based on Nat Kidder's 70 year-old recipe 


It is exceptionally smooth like the finest Irish whiskeys with a taste profile recalling the vanilla and spice of Kentucky's best.

It is designed to be enjoyed today with friends old and new.


Nat's original, now for the 21st century.  


Gluten-Free, filtered repeatedly across activated charcoal, and proofed with alkaline water to be the absolute cleanest.

Each bottle is screen-printed by hand in downtown Los Angeles and purposefully retains variations and imperfections.


In 1940, a 34 year-old master electrician named Nat Kidder labored aboard the battleships at Pearl Harbor, part of the massive efforts to ready them for the coming war. 


By night, he distilled clean vodka for the young sailors in his charge who had begun drinking the Navy's industrial-use alcohol, nicknamed, "Torpedo Juice".


Enamored with distilling, Nat soon turned to whiskey and each year improved his process, marking bottles with Navy stencils –

40, 41…..

December 5, 1941 Nat and his pregnant wife set sail for California, narrowly avoiding the Japanese attack. There, he continued searching for his perfect blend –

42, 43, 44....


Finally when he tasted the ‘49,  Nat knew he had created something truly special.   




This is a partial list as we are expanding rapidly!

Find us at:

Bavel, Bestia, Cotes-Est Bistro, Ollo, The Short Stop, La Poubelle, Bibo Ergo Sum, Little Joy, The Holloway, Bar Mateo, Mission Liquors., Farfalla, Big Spirits, Bar Keeper, Manuela, Jay's Bar, BAR 82, Hollywood Beach Cafe, The Dresden, Santa Monica Liquors, Terroni, Cliff's Edge, and Petit Ermitage hotel.

For local deliveries in 30 minutes, we have partnered with Saucey.

For nationwide shipment we recommend https://uptownspirits.com/ and https://liquorama.net


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