In a world filled with homogeneous liquors without personality, Chuckanut Bay Distillery crafts small-batch spirits made from local ingredients. The downtown Bellingham spot turns Skagit Valley potatoes and Washington state grains into national and state award-winning vodkas, gins, bourbons, and other classic libations. And every Saturday, they open their doors to thirsty ticket holders to show off the distilling process from start to finish, answer questions, and hand out samples
of the potent potables. Chuckanut Bay Distillery is the double gold medal winner of the 2013 New York International Spirits Competition.
Hank the dog definitely gets into his fair share of trouble, rolling around in mud, chasing rocks down hills, and refusing to eat any homework. But Dave and Shelly McGlothern love him anyway, so much so that they named their small-batch distillery after their naughty pooch.
The cheekily named Bad Dog Distillery focuses on crafting liquor from local, organically grown wheat and corn. Simple and traditional precision has become the distillery's calling card, and it's evident in every sip of whiskey, vodka, and moonshine Bad Dog churns out. Here are a few of the distillery's most-popular creations:
Bad Dog Whiskey: Begins with the sweet fragrance of corn mash, which is soon complimented by hints of caramel and toasted oak.
Bad Dog Vodka: Washington organic wheat announces its presence by infusing each sip with a touch of sweetness.
Bad Dog Grandpa's Likker: Below is from SIP Northwest:
"A major merit of Grandpa's Likker is that it doesn't try to do too much.
With a bit of bark and a bit of bite this unaged whiskey largely lets its sweet corn base shine through, which delivers bourbon-y sweetness from start to finish.
Along the way, catch coexisting notes of dried grass and maple.".
As a "farm to glass" distillery, BelleWood Distilling transports the taste of its orchard's apples into refreshing spirits, such as its signature honeycrisp vodka. And even when the fruits don't come from their farm, the staff still looks to local suppliers for help in filling their handmade stills. Visitors can tour their distillery to learn about the process of growing, fermenting, and distilling before they dine in the bistro, which offers scenic views of Mount Baker.
Focusing on the more than 100 breweries, distilleries, and wineries in British Columbia, Canadian Craft Tours is the ultimate guide to what to drink in Vancouver and Victoria. Every day of the week, a knowledgeable guide sets out with a group to explore the area's drinking establishments, leading tour takers to at least three stops. At each locale, guests get a behind-the-stills look at production and samples of the potent potables.