About Craft Distilleries & Hard Cider Producers
Information about craft distilleries and hard cider producers is provided for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby communities including Dayton, Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla, and Yakima. Check out the following topics:
- 2nd Street Distilling Company - Walla Walla
- Black Heron Spirits - West Richland
- Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery - Pendleton
- Solar Spirits - Richland
- Swede Hill Distillery - Yakima
- Walla Walla Distilling Company
- XO Alambic - Dayton
- Washington Distillers Guild
- Blue Mountain Cider - Milton-Freewater
- d's Wicked Cider - Kennewick
- Tieton Cider Works - Yakima
- Northwest Cider Association
- WSU Extension - Hard Cider
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There are craft distilleries located in Dayton, Richland, Walla Walla, West Richland, and Yakima that make whiskey, gin, vodka, brandy, and moonshine using wheat, rye, barley, corn, grapes, and tree fruits grown in Washington State.
2nd Street Distilling Company - Walla Walla
2nd Street Distilling Company, in downtown Walla Walla, produces whiskey, vodka, gin, and liqueurs. The owners previously operated the Riversands Distillery in downtown Kennewick.
Black Heron Spirits - West Richland
Black Heron Spirits is a small distillery based in West Richland. They use barley to produce their vodka and gin. Their other products are made from corn and grapes. They use a 300 gallon still, currently the largest in the state.
Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery - Pendleton
Follow the beginnings of the Oregon Grain Brand Distillery located in the heart of Oregon wheat country. We make Vodka, White Whiskey and Gin.
Solar Spirits - Richland
Solar Spirits was formed to create an outstanding product using green, sustainable energy and ingredients proudly from the heart of the Washington State. We believe Solar Spirits has a responsibility to make the highest quality products while giving back to our community and industry.
Swede Hill Distillery - Yakima
Swede Hill Distillery in Yakima is about turning apples into moonshine. Although the process isn’t quite as back-country as depicted on television, husband and wife owners Kevin and Pam Milford use modern distilling techniques to make their Apple Pie Moonshine.
Walla Walla Distilling Company
The Walla Walla Distilling Company became the first licensed fruit wine distillery in the Walla Walla Valley in 2007, and began crafting Gin, Vodka, and Cordials. In 2008, they moved their distilling operations into an industrial facility as they began malting and distilling grain, and producing whiskey.
XO Alambic - Dayton (opening Winter 2017)
XO Alambic is a craft distillery located in the Blue Moutain Station that is planning to open in Winter 2017 and will be producing brandy, whisky and associated liqueurs.
Washington Distillers Guild
Established in 2008, Washington Distillers Guild is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that represents and works to promote the success of distilleries located in the state. It is the largest guild of its kind in the U.S. The Guild is led by an active Board of Directors comprised of owners of operating distilleries.
Hard Cider Producers
There are couple of hard cider producers that are located in Kennewick, Milton-Freewater, and Yakima.
Blue Mountain Cider - Milton-Freewater
Blue Mountain Ciders, while huge with flavor, contain less alcohol than wine and are less filling than beer. We use only apples grown in the renowned Walla Walla Valley, many from Earl Brown Family orchards.
Blue Mountain Cider is one of the few cideries that adds back fresh juice prior to bottling along with a dash of carbonation, helping to maintain qualities that makes our beverage unique and delicious.
d's Wicked Cider - Kennewick
d's Wicked Cider is perfect chilled and swilled by itself, but paired with food or other alcohols can introduce a whole new dimension of flavor by either complimenting the cider or highlighting the differences. Matching cider with foods and alcohols is a personal choice...but throw out all the old rules and have fun experimenting with different combos.
d's Wicked Ciders are hand crafted, naturally fermented, gluten-free premium hard apple ciders. We use only the finest fresh pressed and cold pressed juice (not from concentrate) made from Washington State apples.
Tieton Cider Works - Yakima
Tieton Cider Works blends American heritage, English and French cider varieties with their organically grown dessert apples to capture the best of what each variety brings to the bottle: sweetness, acidity, tannin and aroma. The results are ciders with body and a depth of finish.
Food and cider are a natural. We have been creating or finding recipes that marry the flavor profiles of our ciders with the ingredients in recipes. Plus our ciders are naturally gluten free, perfect in all seasons and refreshing on their own. We recommend drinking our ciders chilled and enjoyed at 45 degrees.
Northwest Cider Association
Formed in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association brings cideries and cider lovers together to share knowledge, experience and live the Northwest cider culture.