Ally and Mike Benbrook – photo by Virginia Lazar

Oakhurst Spirits was founded by Mike and Ally Benbrook in 2017. As a couple, the Benbrook’s had over 30 years’ experience in business, owning a manufacturing company near San Diego and operating an art gallery in Balboa Park. Craving the good life but not ready to retire, they sold their business, moved to the mountains, and pursued their dream of opening a distillery and art gallery.

Mike Benbrook is a retired USN Chief Petty Officer, and is a member of the American Distilling Institute, the California Artisanal Distillers Guild, and the American Craft Spirits Association.

Unfortunately, Ally lost her life to cancer in 2019. Mike continues to run the distillery and Gina Mims, now shows her work at the Gallery and curates ongoing guest art shows.

Our philosophy is to always create our craft spirits in small batches, with all locally-sourced ingredients. We believe in sourcing all supplies from local businesses whenever possible to support our community. Each batch has a story and a carefully thought-out plan to achieve a unique taste.

Visit often, we’ll have a surprise each time we see you!

In addition to the distillery and art gallery, the property also features Whiskey Mike’s Airbnb.  Located a short walk to the distillery, art gallery and a mere 30-minute drive to the south Gate of Yosemite National Park.
Vacation Rental at Oakhurst Spirits