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Dec.
19th

Thirsty Thursday find: Heritage Distilling Company’s apple-cinnamon flavored whiskey

Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor has a tasting room worth visiting. Visitors can buy direct from the distillery. Several bars around town use Heritage spirits in specialty cocktails. File photo 2012.
Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor has a tasting room worth visiting. Visitors can buy direct from the distillery. Several bars around town use Heritage spirits in specialty cocktails. File photo 2012.

I knew apple pie moonshine had gone mainstream when I heard a friend was using a Crock pot to make hers. The recipe sounded pretty simple. Apple cider and cinnamon steeped together in a slow cooker all day, then that mixture was steeped with moonshine before serving.

OK, I’ll take a glass of that.

Don’t let the word “moonshine” throw you. You won’t have to rig up a basement bootleg operation to make the moonshine (home distilling is still very illegal, by the way). Steeping any commercially produced spirit with your favorite combination of apples and spices can produce a tasty apple pie moonshine that can be used as a cocktail ingredient, a flavoring agent for dessert or simply enjoyed straight out of the freezer.

I’m aware not everyone wants to flavor their own booze, so here’s where local distillers come in. Read more »

Dec.
5th

Opening Friday: South Sound’s fourth craft distillery


Kevin Laughlin Stewart is pictured here with his craft gin and vodka made at Port Steilacoom Distillery which he founded with his wife Jennifer. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Pierce County’s newest craft spirits distillery opens Friday. Port Steilacoom Distillery is a micro distillery started by spirits enthusiasts who will keep their day jobs working in health care. They’ll operate their tasting room in downtown Steilacoom on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The distillery joins three others producing gin, vodka and whiskey in Pierce County. All three opened this year, the outgrowth of a statewide trend that got its start five years ago when liquor laws changed to allow for craft distillers in Washington state.

Port Steilacoom will produce small batches of vodka and gin, with plans for a specialty spirit the distillers describe as being in the same flavor palate as rum, only made with honey, not cane sugar. Read more »

Oct.
30th

DIY whiskey? It’ll be possible after Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling opens

The first make-your-own spirits distillery is opening in the country and it’s right here in Gig Harbor. Heritage Distilling Company has been in progress for more than a year, the project of Justin and Jennifer Stiefel. The grand opening for the distillery will be this weekend.

What makes Heritage Distillery such an intriguing business is that spirits enthusiasts can prepare small-batch spirits legally at the distillery thanks to its federal licensing, according to the operators. Unlike wine and beer, which are legal to make at home in small batches for private consumption only, distilling spirits at home is illegal, not to mention dangerous and potentially explosive. Read more »