Long known for its microbrew culture, Seattle is coming into its own in the liquor making department with small-bath distilleries popping up all over the city. Whether your poison is vodka, gin or whiskey, or you’re just fascinated by the distilling process, these local liquor companies feature tasting rooms, tours of their facilities and some compelling libations all a short walk or an uber ride from our vacation rentals.
1250 Alaskan Way on Seattle’s Waterfront https://copperworksdistilling.com/
Named “2018 Distillery of the Year” by the American Distilling Institute, Copperwork creates flavorful vodka, gin and whiskey. Housed in a massive building on the waterfront near Pike Place Market, you can take a tour of the facility that ends with a guided tasting on Fridays and Saturdays. ($15.00) Their newest release is an American single malt whiskey that is super fragrant with notes of caramel, vanilla and apricots. Their signature gin is crisp and clean and makes a fine base for a classic Negroni or an old-school Sazerac. For liquor aficionados, check out their Whiskey Blending Workshop where you can create and bottle your own single malt. What better souvenir to remember your Seattle vacation by?
2931 1st Avenue South in SODO https://westlanddistillery.com/
At Westland, they are all about the whiskey. Whether aged in oak or sherry wood, their liquors are rich, deep and complex. You can take a distillery tour to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the process of creating peated or wooded whiskey. Or, relax in their Cantilever Tasting Room and linger over a glass of one of their single malts paired with a small tasty bite.
3 Howls Distillery
426 S. Massachusetts Street in SODO https://www.3howls.com/home.php#
From vodka to rum to a fine single malt whiskey, 3 howls hand-crafts its liquors with a whole lot of love and endless creativity. If you’d like to take a tour or sample their wares, you can schedule a time to visit on their website. They also have week day drop in hours, but it’s advised to book a tour to be sure you get in. They are in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle which is just south of the city center and adjacent to Safeco and Century Link fields.
1138 W. Ewing St. Suite B near Fisherman’s Terminal, Phone: 206-651-5166 https://drinksoundspirits.com/
Toted as the first distillery in Seattle since Prohibition, Sound Spirit distills one of the rarest small batch whiskeys in the Pacific Northwest called Madame Damnable. The smooth mouth feel and notes of caramel and tobacco makes this a great sipping whiskey and it pairs amazing with chocolate. Sound also creates a robust Aquavit, Ebb and Flow gin and a variety of flavorful liqueurs. Their retail shop also boasts one of the best collection of bitters. Stop by their tasting room to sample the goods or to take a tour of their distilling facilities. For larger groups, please call to make an appointment. Note that the entrance is around the back on the canal side of the building.
Sun Liquor Distillery
Tasting Room and Bottle Shop: 4612 Union Bay Place NE in the University District; Lounge: 607 Summit Ave East in Capitol Hill https://www.sunliquor.com/
Sun liquors first opened their Capitol Hill lounge to concoct the highest quality cocktails they could create with fresh juices and house-made syrups. From their success with the bar, they decided to start distilling their own liquors. Their tasting room and headquarters located north of downtown Seattle in the University District and is open to the public by appointment only. NXLD vodka is a stellar spirit with a bright finish to create that perfect cocktail. If rum is your jam, try their barrel aged Sun Rum that they created as an ode to their love of Tiki culture. The booze features deep butterscotch notes while having a grassy essence reminiscent of old school Caribbean liquors. They also feature a line of fruity bitters that can be used to liven up any libation. To request an appointment at their distillery, email email@example.com.