July 7, 2020 - Florida Georgia Spirits Co. and Odd Birds Savannah are set to open this Fall in a historic Savannah building from 1870. Located at 120 Whitaker Street in the center of the Central Business District in downtown Savannah, Florida Georgia Spirits will feature a fully-functioning distillery producing vodka, gin, and Caribbean rums in varietals of whites, spiced, and Demerara while its next door neighbor, Odd Birds Savannah, will carry on the St. Augustine, Florida founding bar’s tradition of interactive guest experiences like “Bartender’s Call” and more.
“This has been a life-long passion of mine to establish a distillery focused on creating the gold standard for Southern rum,” explained Cesar Diaz, who owns the wildly popular Odd Birds Bar concept in St. Augustine, Florida and has founded Florida Georgia Spirits with business partners Fidel Palenzuela and Asdrubal Martinez. “From my humble beginnings working in the banquet room at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando and working my way up to bartender at Rosen Plaza Hotel, I consider producing spirits reminiscent of my native Venezuela a dream come true.”
Florida Georgia Spirits home, a three-story, 12,163-square-foot building on the corner of Whitaker and West State Streets, was renovated to perfection in 2018 while maintaining its original beauty and character from well before Prohibition made distillation a constitutional ban. Exposed brick walls, classic black and white tile, wood paneling, wrought iron metal accent work, and top-of-the-line distillation equipment are just a few of the design features one will encounter when visiting 120 Whitaker Street.
“We’ve assembled a team with some of the best in the business,” Diaz said. “Brendan Wheatley [Nauti Spirits Distillery, St. Augustine Distillery, Belmont Farm Distillery, Germain-Robin] is our distillery consultant and we’ve brought on Neftalí Usabal as our Director of Operations. Florida Georgia Spirits values knowledge and, above all else, friendship. Business is better when you can build it with friends.”