Nine New Craft Distilleries to Watch in Washington State

on 15/07/12 at 10:30 am

Spirits

Gird your liver—here are more local spirits for you to drink.

Back in our December issue, we published a guide to the craft distilleries that have populated the state since Washington lawmakers created the craft distillery license in 2008. And since then, we’ve continued keeping a close eye on local spirits. With the transition from Soviet-style state-controlled stores to liquor flowing in the aisles of QFC and Costco, more underage kids have better access to booze than ever it’s been an eventful year. But distillers continue to throw their bottle caps into the ring. Some, like Rain City, got caught in the “prohibition” period where state stores weren’t buying and direct sales were illegal. Others, like broVo, are now in “ten times the number of stores” as before. Here’s a sampling of what’s new and growing in the spirit scene.

IN SEATTLE

2Bar Spirits
Though it’s not open yet, 2Bar is wrapping up construction of its tasting room in a warehouse which, as owner Nathan Kaiser gleefully announced on Facebook, is “exactly 10 seconds (walking)” from the spacious SoDo liquor store that’s slated to reopen. Kaiser, who named the distillery after the Texas ranch run by generations of his family, hopes to kick off business within the next couple of months. 2Bar’s liquor lineup will include gin, vodka, and moonshine, with aged whisky and bourbon slated for future release.

2960 Fourth Ave S, Ste 106; 2barspirits.com

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