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Spirit of Muir

Pears from John Muir's Orchard have been pressed into a delicious, philanthropic brandy


Here’s a one-of-a-kind treat for the over-21, outdoor-loving, history buff crowd: a smooth, dry liquor made from John Muir’s own pears.

In celebration of its 20 years of preserving open space in the East Bay, the Muir Heritage Land Trust reached out to the National Park Service, which agreed to allow pears from the orchard at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez to be used for a unique fundraiser.

Acclaimed Alameda distiller St. George’s Spirits donated its services to create a single batch of pear brandy, which will be donated in recognition of the land trust’s annual Fresh Aire Affaire.

If you’d like a taste, you’ll have to act fast. There are a scant few bottles left, available as thank-you gifts for a $250 donation to the Muir Heritage Land Trust.

For information or to make a donation, go to muirheritagelandtrust.org

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