The local spirits movement has long lagged behind local wine or beer — it doesn't help that it's still illegal to distill at home in America, which means honing the hobby before going pro is a major challenge. For years, wannabe distillers in Seattle struggled with hurdle after hurdle in their pursuit of making great alcohol. Now, with (slightly) fewer Prohibition-era laws in place, small-batch booze is making steady headway, and dozens of distilleries are helping shape a vibrant scene; even international spirits group Rémy Cointreau has taken notice, recently acquiring renowned producer Westland Distillery.
From vodka guys to whiskey gals, absinthe aficionados to aquavit enthusiast, all types of booze-lovers will benefit from this guide to the area's essential liquor tasting rooms.
Note: Map points are ordered geographically and are not ranked by preference. Is your favorite distillery missing from the list? Show it some love in the comments, send an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.Read More