Monday, September 21, 2020

Liberty Call Distilling Opens Doors to Dining In

Promoted Partner content from Liberty Call Distilling

Liberty Call braised short rib tacos
Liberty Call braised short rib tacos with birria and Liberty Call’s signature Gin Chili Rojo sauce. Photo: Rob Andrew

- Advertisement -

After two years of planning, permits and pandemics, the wait is over as Liberty Call Distilling in Barrio Logan has opened its doors to dine-in guests for the first time.

Bill Rogers Liberty Call
Bill Rogers. Photo: Rob Andrew

June will serve as a soft opening phase for the new restaurant-distillery as it ramps up a California tapas-style menu while ensuring adherence to CDC safety guidelines.

- Advertisement -

“This has been the most unusual soft opening ever. COVID-19 has almost helped us keep our crowds down as we start to open, which has been great as we train our staff,” said Bill Rogers, founder of Liberty Call Distilling and longtime resident of Coronado Island.

Liberty Call braised short rib tacos
Liberty Call braised short rib tacos with birria and Liberty Call’s signature Gin Chili Rojo sauce. Photo: Rob Andrew

Liberty Call’s menu is created by farm-to-table chef Miguel Valdez, who focused on comfort foods of his youth when designing each dish. Current comforting options include Braised Short Rib Tacos with birria, Liberty Call Seasonal Poutine with beer cheese sauce, Chorizo Pigs in a Blanket, and Chef’s Cashew Wings in a chili glaze with chive ranch.

- Advertisement -

Chef's Cashew Wings
Chef’s Cashew Wings

“I have a deep connection to this community and its values, and it has always humbled me to see people embracing the food I grew up enjoying,” said Chef Miguel Valdez, who was partially raised in Barrio Logan. “I always go back to quality comfort food, and I’d love to bring that back to this community where I grew up.”

Liberty Call Chef Miguel Valdez photo credit Rob Andrew
Liberty Call Chef Miguel Valdez. Photo: Rob Andrew

The cocktail menu, available for dine-in and takeout, emphasizes low abv, barrel-aged and craft cocktails. Among these libations—created with house made simple syrups, bitters and shrubs—are variations on classics like the Liberty Lime Margarita and Mucho Mint Julep, plus an interactive dealer’s choice drink that promises a unique experience.

Small bottles of hand sanitizer for the public. Photo courtesy of Liberty Call Distilling and Seven Caves Spirits.

Guests can also enjoy craft beers from San Diego and Mexico, like the organic Mosaic Hazy Pale Ale from Navy veteran-owned Protector Brewery, and wines from Valle de Guadalupe are also available.

Liberty Call Distilling continues to offer takeout for those dining at home as well as pickup of its best-selling Constitution Bourbon. Building on an earlier initiative with the San Diego Distillers Guild to help support the community during COVID-19, Liberty Call also continues to make hand sanitizer in personal and gallon-sizes available for visitors.

Photo courtesy of Liberty Call Distilling

The nearly 3,300-square-foot open floor plan showcases a working still behind a glass partition, inviting the public to see first-hand where Liberty Call’s expansive portfolio of artisanal spirits are made. A garage door-style wall at its west end rolls up to reveal views of Coronado Bridge and patio with fire pit.

Founded in 2013 as one of the pioneers of San Diego’s local craft spirits industry, Liberty Call Distilling specializes in hand crafted grain-to-glass whiskey, bourbon, rum and gin while acknowledging its hometown’s historic ties to the United States Navy.

Photo courtesy of Liberty Call Distilling

Current hours are 3 to 8 pm Wednesday through Friday and 12 to 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays at 1985 National Avenue, San Diego. This is the first addition to Liberty Call’s manufacturing distillery in Spring Valley. A Grand Opening and expanded hours are being planned for summer 2020. Visit and follow @LibertyCallDistilling.


Do You Value Local News?
Become a Paid Supporter

Keep it civil. Comments may be removed or closed if they violate Terms of Service.



Endorsement for Stacy Keszei for Coronado Unified School Board

Submitted by Matthew GriffithPlease accept this letter as an endorsement for Stacy Keszei for Coronado Unified School Board. Having personally known Stacy and her...

Golf Course Water Recycling – Story Poles Misleading

Submitted by Ann WilsonI watched last week’s Golf Course Advisory Committee Meeting on Coronado TV with interest as city staff was presenting information about...

Strong Support for Nick Kato for Coronado School Board

Submitted by Jon Palmieri & Cara ClancyWe are writing to affirm our strong support for Nick Kato for Coronado School Board. Having lived in...

A Thank You to the Coronado Police Department

Submitted by Sebastian Taylor  Coronado Police Department; I Wish I Was Suprised, I'm Not...A few days ago, I witnessed something, something which, to many would...


Artist Profile: Dave Samara, Bagpipes (video)

The plaintive call of bagpipes, yes bagpipes, sings out on Orange Avenue most Saturday afternoons as musician Dave Samara seeks to help a local...

Voting and Ballot Drop-Off Locations for Coronado

The City of Coronado will have two locations to drop-off your ballot:Coronado Library, located at 640 Orange Avenue - do not put in...

John Duncan Dreams Big: City Council Candidate Talks Housing, Beach Pollution, Tourism and Diversity

For John Duncan--who’s running for Coronado City Council--it was all a dream.In 2006, before he lived here full-time, Duncan rented a historic home on...

COVID-19 and Flu Shot Update From Sharp Coronado Hospital

Six months after the county shut down in response the coronavirus in mid-March, Sharp Coronado CEO Susan Stone shares what the COVID-19 numbers currently...

Short Council Meeting Focused on Awards and COVID-19 Business Accommodations

For the first time in months, the City Council began its September 15 meeting with a ceremonial presentation to proclaim “Arts in Education Week”...