Follow us:

All You Can Eat

Trend-setting restaurants, Northwest cookbooks, local food news and the people who make them happen.

September 26, 2008 at 7:30 AM

Eat Local. Drink Local.

The big wine and microbrewery scene in Washington is about to get some company. Ready to try some locally made whiskey, gin and vodka?

Thanks to a new state law that allows distilleries to host tasting rooms and sell spirits on their premises, you can expect about a dozen small craft distilleries here by next year.

Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane is first out of the gate, offering tastings for its vodka, gin and by Christmas, a rare wheat whiskey, with bourbon, single malt and rye whiskey to follow over the next two years. Berle ”Rusty” Figgins plans to open distilleries in Mattawa, Grant County and Ellensburg, and singer/songwriter Danny O’Keefe, a Vashon Island resident, may build a distillery in Woodinville.

The recent interest is due to a new law passed in March that allows micro distilleries to operate like a winery or brewery. Previously, only the state could sell liquor, a holdover law from the end of Prohibition.

Oregon lawmakers give distilleries more leeway, which explains why Oregon already has about 20 small craft distilleries, most in Portland.

If our artisan distillery scene resembles Portland’s, we’re in for a treat. Portland arguably has the nation’s most exciting and cutting-edge microdistillery scene. Try Clear Creek’s Pear Brandy and House Spirits’ Aviation Gin.

You can check the Washington State Liquor Board site to see if your local liquor store carries those two Portland spirits.

Cheers.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►