St. George Spirits, which began as a one-man operation in 1982, now calls a 65,000-square-foot hangar home. After decades of growth and dedication, the pioneering distillery has earned multiple James Beard Award nominations and a reputation for excellence. Lance Winters and Dave Smith view distillation as a form of creative expression and continuously prioritize quality. They identify with First Republic’s high standards and credit the Bank as instrumental to their success. First Republic gave St. George Spirits a loan to invest in a new bottling line that improved efficiency and quality control. The Bank’s support of the business side of their operation allows Lance and Dave to focus on their passion — crafting innovative, award-winning spirits.