Welcome To
Cutwater.

At Cutwater We Are Dauntless Spirits


Whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, liqueur, mixers, canned cocktails, and beyond. We’re always focused on the horizon, the road ahead. We’re just hardwired that way. Armed with some heavy experience, hard earned awards, and boundless energy, we’re charging ahead to carve out our place in the global spirits industry. We invite all who share our passion to join us on the journey.

Meet Our Founder

Yuseff Cherney

When our founder and master distiller Yuseff Cherney began making spirits, it was just a hobby in the back of his brewery. He custom-built his first pot still from an old beer fermenter to distill rum, vodka, gin, whiskey and more. Driven by his experimental nature and strong commitment to quality, Yuseff and his team have grown Cutwater Spirits from a passion project into an award-winning craft spirits brand. He swiftly pioneered a category with the introduction of Cutwater’s canned classic cocktails. Now, we can all enjoy a great cocktail in the places we want to be whether it’s fishing at sea, hiking abroad, or a backyard barbecue. You can still find Yuseff at our production facility in San Diego where he is focused on perfecting recipes for Cutwater’s ever-expanding range of exceptional spirits and canned cocktail offerings. Let the adventure continue.

Cutwater Spirits Founder Yuseff Cherney

Visit our Tasting Room & Kitchen


In 2017 we opened what has quickly been touted as one of San Diego’s top bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect hospitality venue for us to explore innovative cocktails made from our award-winning spirits, and create regional cuisine worthy of those libations. And as a venue connected to our production facility, you can also tour our distillery, explore the spirits process, and meet our team to share some warm Southern California hospitality.

Come Join Our
Journey