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Blinking Owl, Orange County's first distillery, opens this week

Blinking Owl, Orange County's first distillery, opens this week

Southern California can add another craft distillery to its growing roster of booze businesses. Blinking Owl Distillery, which takes its name from the midcentury bar of the same name on Birch and 3rd streets in Santa Ana, will open to the public on Sept. 24. Co-owned by husband and wife Brian and Robin Christenson and their friend Kirsten Vangsness, the spirits producer is the first distillery in Orange County.

While Santa Ana might seem an odd spot to set up shop, it was a natural fit for the Christensons. "We love our cool ‘hood," says Robin, "and have lived in downtown Santa Ana since 2003. This is a very close-knit community where the food, beverage,...

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