Loggerhead Distillery: Putting Sanford Spirits on the Map


About Loggerhead Distillery

Loggerhead Distillery was founded in 2019 by Florida natives looking to incorporate the natural beauty of Florida into delicious hand-crafted spirits. When asked what inspired the name of this award-winning distillery, Co-Owner Colby Theisen says, “Being Florida-raised means something. To us, it means a love of the ocean, a love of the outdoors, a love of community.

As two engineers, we found we had a fascination with the art and science of distillation, so when we had a dream of starting a local craft distillery, we knew we wanted to incorporate the essence of Florida into our products — sugar cane, citrus, grains, and botanicals to bring you the finest, smoothest spirits possible. We decided to name our distillery Loggerhead after the magnificent but threatened species of sea turtle that finds its nesting ground on our Florida shores. We are currently giving back a portion of bottle sales to non-profit partners that have programs for ocean protection and cleanup. Please enjoy our products responsibly, and please recycle.”

To learn more, visit https://loggerheaddistillery.com.


Loggerhead Distillery is located at 124 W. 2nd Street in Sanford, Florida. The hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For out-of-town guests, Loggerhead Distillery has online shopping available at Loggerhead Distillery Store.

What’s New?

Loggerhead is always distilling new batches adding seasonal limited editions, like their Apple Pie Moonshine that won Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas. Thats not all, the local craft distillery has racked up several awards on such as the gold medal for their Orange Blossom Sweet Tea Vodka, Silver for their Key Lime Gin, and Bronze for their Jamaican Style Blonde Rum.

Theisen adds, “We plan to offer a set of cocktails that highlight how our products can be used, and a couple specialties that rotate from month to month so there’s always something new for our customers to enjoy.”

“We are extremely proud of our products,” said Chris Schmitt, co-owner of Loggerhead Distillery. “Before, we would provide suggested recipes or pairings after tastings for our guests to make at home, but with our new bar and the recent Florida law, we are able to serve cocktails highlighting our products and how they are meant to be enjoyed – it’s very cool!”

Loggerhead has added a tasting bar which allows visitors a front row seat to watch the distillery process while enjoying a hand-crafted cocktail. Plans to expand are in the works, so be sure to check back for updates on this fan favorite Florida experience!


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Written by Catie Moore

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