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 (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps).
Check out the following topics:
- 2nd Street Distilling Company - Walla Walla
- Black Heron Spirits - West Richland
- DW Distilling - Walla Walla
- Jose Miguel Puro Distillery - Yakima
- Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery - Pendleton
- Shot in the Dark Craft Distillery - Walla Walla
- 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
- Freewater Cider Co. - Milton-Freewater
- Goose Ridge Estate Vinyard & Winery - Richland
- Tieton Cider Works - Yakima
- Tri-Cities Cider House
- Northwest Cider Association
- WSU Cider Research and Education
- Bard & Bee Meadery - Dayton
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.
DW Distilling - Walla Walla
DW Distilling in Walla Walla produces brandy which starts with great wine. These incredible wines are already barrel-aged and bottle-ready, so we simply distill them once. This preserves the complexities of the wine and the subtleties of the winemaker's art.The distillery and tasting room is located at the Walla Walla Airport.
Jose Miguel Puro Distillery - Yakima
The Jose Miguel Puro Distillery in Yakima produces Jose Miguel Puro White Spirits that are created from the distillation of recently fermented musts and juices obtained from Yakima Valley Orange/Black Muscat grapes.
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.
Shot in the Dark Craft Distillery - Walla Walla
Shot in the Dark Craft Distillery in Walla Walla produces four different types of moonshine using only local products such as Washington corn and apples. Their distillery and tasting room is located at the Walla Walla Airport.
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
XO Alambic, launched in July 2017 at Blue Mountain Station in Dayton, is a Washington craft distillery whose most prominent feature is a 2000-litre Figgins Reciprocator, a twin-kettle still that is the distiller's own invention. Master distiller, Rusty Figgins, is producing malt whiskey and is a founding signatory of the recently formed trade body, the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.
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.
Freewater Cider Co. - Milton Freewater
The Freewater Cider Company, located at 525 N Elizabeth St. in Milton-Freewater, challenges conventional practices by fermenting whole apples on skins to enhance the aromatics and flavors. Our ciders are oak barrel aged for a minimum of six months to integrate tannins and enrich the mouth feel.
Goose Ridge Estate Vinyard & Winery - Richland
The Goose Ridge Estate Vinyard & Winery produces first craft cider from apples grown by the Monson family in the Yakima Valley. Visit one of our four tasting rooms (including one in Richand and another one in Walla Walla) to enjoy our refreshing Cider - by the glass or buy the growler!
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.
Tri-Cities Cider House - RIchland
The Tri-Cities Cider House occupies about 1,400 square feet and seats 40 people. Aside from bar snacks, they welcome any outside food. The cider house is in the same building as the new Porter's Real Barbecue in Richland. Customers are able to choose a pint from 15 to 20 rotating taps, as well as hard-to-find cans and bottles. Ciders created in the Tri-Cities are on tap as well as many others from the Northwest.
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.
WSU Cider Research and Education
The Washington State University (WSU) Extension Office offers information about hard cider production.
Bard & Bee Meadery - Dayton
Bard & Bee Meadery combines the best of both new and old world mead brewing. Our tasting room is open every Friday and Saturday from 12-5 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Station in Dayton.