Three Pacific Northwest Craft Distillery Hot Spots


It’s a good time to be thirsty in the Pacific Northwest. Craft distilleries, brewing small batches of spirits with locally grown ingredients, have opened all throughout the region. For a starter guide to sipping and sampling in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, read on — then raise your glass.


Vancouver has embraced the craft distilling movement in a big way this year. Thanks to recent changes in British Columbia’s liquor laws, several small-batch distilleries have already opened their doors, with more on tap for 2014.

On Granville Island, The Liberty Distillery emphasizes local ingredients, producing their Truth Vodka from BC-grown wheat and their Railspur No. 1 White whiskey from BC organic barley. Visitors are welcome for tours and tastings. Still thirsty? Sample the handcrafted vodka at the Yaletown Distilling Company or venture to East Vancouver to try the East Van Vodka at Odd Society Spirits. And though Sons of Vancouver Distillery isn’t officially slated to launch until late this year, it will join the aforementioned companies at BC Distilled, the region’s premier microdistillery festival, on May 10.

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