Like their neighbor a few blocks north (Sound Spirits), Seattle’s Batch 206 Distillery conceptually launched once Washington state adopted a small craft law in summer of 2009. As an ode to their area code, Batch 206 began with and holds a focus on “micro-batch” spirits from their Seattle warehouse distillery.
Nothing sets the holidays off like intoxicating cocktails inspired by the season, which is why in the month of December we dig holiday hooch and cocktails that come from it. From sumptuous sparklers to festive toddies, local bars and restaurants share holiday cocktail recipes certain to satisfy.
Seattle’s Golden Beetle gets festive with flavors like cranberry, orange and sage in their Cranberry Sage Martini.
Northwest distilleries have heard the calls of their thirsty patrons and are appeasing the masses with a variety of “age your own” options–just in time for the holidays too. From Washington to Oregon, craft-distilleries are offering unique ways to customize spirits with “age your own” take-home casks and white dog whiskey, ideal for a personalized craft-spirit experience.
Happy Black Friday! As you scroll through your social media of choice’s newsfeed while you wait in what might be the world’s longest line at Best Buy/Macy’s/Target/a random furniture store, please know that a salvation drink is just a few hours away. From gourmet food and mouth-watering wines, to seasonal beers and more, the Northwest is brimming with food and drink and holiday-related events inspired by the season.
Perennial Oregon brewery Rogue Ales took their avant-garde ways to the world of spirits in 2006 by tagging the release of their flagship Dead Guy brand to a whiskey. Since then, Rogue has been furthering their “Grow Your Own” philosophy into their distillery with in-house grown, malted, roasted and smoked malting barley for their Oregon Single Malt Whiskey.
The Holidays are a perfect time to make a splash with your cocktails; everyone is in a festive mood and eager to toast time spent with friends and family. There are many ways to brighten up your cocktails, but dashing a splash of bubbles is one of the easiest and tastiest! Whether it’s a crisp sparkling apple cider, a clean and dry soda or luxurious sparkling wine, bubbles add the ultimate celebratory finish to your holiday sipping.
A round-up of our favorite beverage blogs wouldn’t be complete without a compilation of some of the regions best when it comes to spirits and cocktails. As hand-crafted and gourmet spirits make their mark throughout the region, Pacific Northwesterners have proved themselves as micro-distilling, craft-cocktail wielding maestros when it comes to the hard stuff.
Absinthe, aka The Green Fairy, is an anise flavored liquor that was the drink of choice for many of the great artists and intellectuals in late 19th-early 20th century France. This potent liqueur was, and still is, outlawed in many countries for years following many instances of harmful effects (read deaths) of drinkers; most of which were due to over indulgence of the green spirit—plus whatever other unbeknownst potent and poisonous potions were being consumed.