new distillery in pacific northwest

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new distillery in pacific northwest

Post by cob » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:21 pm

blue flame spirits announced their opening today." onclick=";return false;" rel="nofollow
black heron is supposed to open tomorrow." onclick=";return false;" rel="nofollow
other northwest distilling news. ... uor10.html" onclick=";return false;" rel="nofollow
damn the torpedos full steam ahead. cob
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Re: new distillery in pacific northwest

Post by decomissioned » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:59 am

Thanks for the links cob. The last link includes a distillery fairly close to me so I went by there yesterday. Soft Tail Spirits," onclick=";return false;" rel="nofollow

They primarily make Grappa because of all the available wine pomace here in wine country. There are over 150 wineries in a 40 square mile area, each of which throw away pomace by the ton during the fall. Hundreds of tons of fermentables getting thrown out (composted) every year.

They do a 3-flight tasting for $5, so I tried the Grappa Blanco, their American-style Grappa, and their only Vodka, a Washington-Apple based spirit. As a "Craft Distillery" in Washington you have to use at least 51% of Washington-grown materials. The vodka was a good vodka.. just a hint of the apples on the finish, but not sweet. The american grappa wasn't to my taste.. but the Blanco was delicious. I bought a bottle. It comes in one of those 350ml (or something like that) dessert wine style bottles.. the tall skinny ones, and sold for $34. They also do a non-traditional grappa that they age in oak which picks up some color. I'll try that one next time I'm in.

Their tasting room has a giant glass window that shows their stills. I'll take a picture next time I'm in. From what I could tell it looked like they had two different stills, a pot still and a reflux column still.. which makes sense.. grappa and vodka.

A winemaker friend of mine is pressing his whites today, so I'm picking up 10 gallons (all I can really deal with at my scale) today for my hand at grappa. I don't think I'm ready for it yet, having only run 4 batches so far.. but its free so why not.

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