The bracing Italian-style brandy known as grappa flows from a vintage hammered-copper still and into oak barrels for aging at Soft Tail Spirits, a craft distillery that gathers its grape pressings from local Washington wineries. An Old-World still's 58,000-BTU burners boil up fresh batches of grappa, with characters of pear and apple-tinged Giallo and the pleasingly grainy sangiovese. Meanwhile, a multistep distillation process whips up batches of Soft Tail Spirits' sipping vodka, the slightly rebellious offspring of Washington State apples that took home the bronze at the 2010 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Lead distiller Matthew welcomes visitors to the distillery for tours in which he shows off the facility, including the hammered-copper alembic he affectionately calls “Maggie,” before doling out samples and bestowing grappa converts with souvenir glassware for future bacchanalian feasts or Flat Earth Society meetings.
Five Things to Know About Redhook Ale Brewery
Founded in 1981, Redhook Ale Brewery long predates the craft-beer phenomenon. Even its present-day facility dates back to 1994, a time when Seattle was better known for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” than craft beer. Read on to find out what makes these brews so enduring:
The brewery tour is dependable fun for the whole family. Though the brewery’s products are age restricted, its tour is fun for all ages. It even incorporates local history, as well as beer samples for adults of legal drinking age.
It has a pub and a sizeable outdoor patio. Guests are welcome to enjoy burgers, beers, and a nice breeze during warmer months.
It screens movies outdoors in the summer. The Moonlight Cinema Series draws beer aficionados onto the lawn to check out movies on a massive outdoor screen.
There’s a sister location out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Rachael Ray stopped by to tour the brewery on her Food Network show $40 a Day.
Brickyard Brewing's beer masons make what they want, when they want. And although the brewers usually lean toward American-style ales, the only strict requirement they have is to create craft beer that—according to the owners—tastes "darn good." Started by neighbors Ean and Joe, Brickyard Brewing reinvigorates the pioneering spirit of brewing. The pair has 10+ years of experience crafting beer and takes pride in creating original recipes. Beer styles include IPAs, stouts, blonds, and pale ales alongside some not-so-common types such as saisons, pumpkin ales, barrel-aged beers, and smoked and infused concoctions.
Anyone can sample the latest creations for themselves five days a week inside Brickyard Brewing's taproom, where bartenders serve up samples, flights, and pints. Visitors can also purchase kegs and bottles or fill growlers to go. Look for Brickyard's brews at one of its many wholesale partners statewide.
Stop by Forecasters Public House in Woodinville for a quick and tasty bite to eat.
Forecasters Public House serves up a wide variety of menu items, including tasty gluten-free eats.
Forecasters Public House honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Forecasters Public House is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
McMenamins Mill Creek serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Mill Creek's Mill Creek district.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at McMenamins Mill Creek.
Be sure to check out McMenamins Mill Creek's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Wifi access is totally free at McMenamins Mill Creek, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Or, take your grub to go.
At McMenamins Mill Creek, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
For those who travel by bike, McMenamins Mill Creek offers bike racks for diners.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! McMenamins Mill Creek will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
The friendly staff at McMenamins Mill Creek are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
When you come to McMenamins Mill Creek, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at McMenamins Mill Creek is all about.
In Focus: Black Raven Brewing Company
Specialty: craft beers brewed in Old-World styles with Northwest flavors
Taproom: The Raven’s Nest, an intimate space serving pints, sample trays, and beer to go in growlers or bottles
Award-winning brew: bourbon-barrel-aged La Petite Mort, winner of a silver medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup
Backyard brew: Fresh Hop saison, made with just-picked, local hops
Year-round brew: Totem pale ale
Does the taproom serve food? No, but guests can sample selections from food trucks in the parking lot, order food for delivery, or bring in their own concessions.
When to go: Stop by on a Wednesday afternoon to taste a special cask ale—past offerings have included porters brewed with blueberry rooibos and tequila-soaked orange peel, or an ale spiced with jerk seasoning.