Whisky locations in the North West?
Planning on doing a road trip around Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming early next year, and would love to know if there are any good whisky "locations" in that area? I have already heard of the Clear Creek distillery, and cant wait to try the American version of Lagavulin!
Not a distillery, but in Boise, ID there's a restaurant called Bardenay that has a good bourbon list with some things you don't normally see in a pub-type eatery. They also do distill there and sell the product, but it's on a small scale and I don't think they have a tour or anything (although you can see the distilling operation from the dining room). Anyway, I don't live in Boise but I spent a couple months working there and I frequented this place. Also, if I recall the bourbon prices were quite good. I usually ordered an Elijah Craig 18 year and it was about $6 with a pretty decent pour. Cute waitresses, too...
Actually, this place is a distillery. They've got their still sitting right in the restaurant. But no whiskey from these guys. They make an extraordinary gin (the owner is a gin martini guy) as well as a vodka and a rum. They're also playing with some kind of ginger-infused rum.
The whiskey distilleries in those states are as follows, but I have no idea if they offer tours or not as most of them are very small, but you might be able to pick up some of their stuff at local stores:
Cascade Peak Spirits, Ashland, OR: This organic vodka distillery has released a rye whiskey and is also working on Bourbon and corn whiskey.
Clear Creek Distillery, Portland, OR: McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt, a peated single malt in the style of Islay Scotch made with peated barley imported from Scotland. Available throughout the west coast at specialty stores. They also make a number of fruit brandies.
Edgefield Distillery, Troutdale, OR: Hogshead single malt and Devil's Bit rye whiskey. Well regarded but very limited distribution. They also make fruit brandies.
Rogue Spirits, Portland, OR: Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey, a four grain whiskey from the producers of Rogue ale.
Dry Fly Distilling, Spokane, WA. This producer of gin and vodka recently did a very limited release of its Washington Wheat Wiskey and is also working on a single malt.
Ellensburg Distillery, Ellensburg, Washington. Ellensburg licensed a distillery in October 2008 and is selling futures for Gold Buckle Club Washington Frontier Style Whisky, a cask strength rye whiskey. They have not yet marketed any whiskey.
Roughstock Distillery, Bozeman, MT. This distillery is making Roughstock Montana Whiskey, a single malt which they claim will soon be coming to "a liquor store or watering hole near you."Wyoming Whiskey, Kirby Wyoming. Wyoming Whiskey have plans to make "America's next great bourbon." They started distilling in July 2009.
Wyoming Whiskey, Kirby Wyoming. Wyoming Whiskey have plans to make "America's next great bourbon." They started distilling in July 2009.
For a complete list of American whiskey distilleries: http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2009/0...