The recent boom in Seattle booze distillers comes thanks to the Washington State Craft Distillery Law (passed in 2008), which allows local liquor producers to offer on-site tasting and bottle sales, à la wineries—provided that at least 51 percent of the liquor ingredients are grown in state. Accordingly, a slew of recently opened distilleries now offer facility tours and tasting rooms, so you can try before you buy. Bonus points: Increase your locavore cred by ordering a drink made with local spirits at area bars that carry them. http://seattlemag.com/node/add/article
swill from the still at these LOCAL distillery tasting rooms
Sun Liquor Distillery and Bar
514 E Pike St.
Taste: Sun Liquor gin
Claim to fame: First Washington establishment to be both a distillery and a bar
also poured at: Sun Liquor’s first location (bar only) at 607 Summit Ave. E sunliquor.com
1630 15th Ave. W taste: Ebb + Flow vodka and gin, and coming soon, aquavit
Claim to fame: Seattle’s first distillery since Prohibition
also poured at: Bars such as Rob Roy, The Hideout and Oliver’s Twist
Bainbridge Organic Distillers
9727 Coppertop Loop NE
Taste: Legacy organic vodka, Heritage organic gin, Battle Point whiskey
Claim to fame: First organic distillery in Washington
Also poured at: Seattle bars such as Brouwer’s Cafe, Local 360, Liberty, Mistral Kitchen, Tavern Law, and on Bainbridge at Harbour Pub and Hitchcock
Woodinville Whiskey Co.
16110 Woodinville Redmond Road NE
Taste: Headlong White Dog whiskey, Peabody Jones vodka, and coming soon, microbarreled bourbon, rye whiskey and American whiskey
Claim to fame: David Pickerell, former master distiller at Maker’s Mark, lends his recipes and expertise.
Also poured at: Bars such as Spur, Trellis, Liberty, Barrio and Mistral Kitchen
Soft Tail Spirits
12280 NE Woodinville Drive
Taste: Soft Tail vodka and grappas
Claim to fame: 2010 World Spirits competition winners, for vodka (bronze medal) and grappa Sangiovese (silver)
Also poured at: Bars such as Taste, The Barking Frog, Greenlake Bar & Grill, and El Gaucho
And the tasting rooms keep on coming! This summer, watch for Westland Distillery in South Park (9320 15th Ave. S; westlanddistillery.com), offering Gimbal Northwest dry gin and single-malt whiskey, and Oola Distillery on Capitol Hill (1413 E Union St.; ooladistillery.com), featuring small-batch gin, vodka, whiskey and a dance floor. In the fall, Batch 206 Distillery plans to open in Interbay (1417 Elliott Ave. W; batch206.com), serving vodka and gin.