Prohibition officially ended 80 years ago on December 5, 1933, when the 21st Amendment to the Constitution became law – and thus “Repeal Day” celebrations began. (Watch for these on Thursday…) Washington State, ever a trendsetter, actually struck down its state-level prohibition of alcohol six months before the federal government did (perhaps a foreshadowing of [...]
Prohibition ended 80 years ago today. But that didn’t mean a big change in Seattle’s drinking habits – Seattle was notoriously “wet” during Prohibition. The city had its share of illegal distilleries making moonshine back then, but Seattle bootleggers focused on smuggling liquor, a.k.a. “rum running.” Seattle was an easy target for liquor smuggling due [...]
Some folks think of gin as their go-to summer spirit, but there’s no reason to put it on the back shelf when the weather turns nippy. To make it more of a winter-warmer, you just dial the recipe up a bit, to let the gin shine through. Like in these cocktails where the botanicals really [...]
Meet Copperworks’ newest face, Jeff Kanof. For some reason, Jeff wanted to make Friday the 13th his SECOND day on the job. And he’s been a huge help even before he officially joined the team. We’re thrilled to welcome him on board. By his own admission, Jeff is a recovering attorney — having left his law [...]
Valves are turning. Steam is pumping. Fermenters are fermenting. And Jason and Micah are working like Oompa-Lompas to get everything rolling. Recent progress: Our gin formula has been approved by the feds. (Yes, the federal government has to review and bless our gin recipe. Happy to say we passed with flying colors — no do-overs, [...]
Our copper stills are traditional in design and were hammered by hand, the way the Scots have been building stills for centuries. But the energy driving the stills is thoroughly modern. We’re using energy produced from a sustainable, non-fossil fuel source called “biomass”—essentially clean waste wood—which is renewable and doesn’t add new carbon to the [...]
To assist with an important whiskey-related project, Copperworks has brought in talent from the bourbon capital of the world — Jason’s dad. John Parker is a three-time traveler of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a veteran of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, a 45-year resident of Kentucky, and a Kentucky Colonel (which has nothing to do with [...]
Micah and Jason love their new forklift. They drive it around the distillery even when there’s nothing heavy to be moved.
Save the date! The Washington Distillers Guild is hosting its first tasting event, called PROOF, on June 15 at Urban Enoteca in SODO. Tickets are now on sale. Details here. It’s going to be big, festive and tasty!
Welcome to Seattle, Bertha. Please meet some of the other large equipment on the waterfront that came from out of town…