We are three business partners: Rich Anderson and Suzy and Hawk Pingree. We all work together to make wonderful small batch ciders and spirits here on San Juan Island. We make 12 different gins (really!), several delicious liqueurs and flavored brandies, and our premium award-winning apple brandy, which won gold and best in class from the American Craft Spirits Association, as well as best in class from the American Distilling Institute in 2014.
We hope that you will join us for a tasting at the Distillery and Ciderworks, it’s a lot of fun and actually educational. We have a beautiful all-copper Adrian still that we are usually running during tastings. We are just under a mile from Roche Harbor Resort.
Our beautiful Adolf Adrian pot still is hand made in Germany, all hammered copper inside and out, and it is a joy to keep polished. We put 50 gallons of our Westcott Bay Cider into the still and heat it up very slowly to get the best quality apple eau de vie (fresh fruit distillate) we can. A typical 4 to 6 hour run produces about a couple of gallons of 78% ethanol (hearts). Most of this goes into old 59 gallon French Limousin oak barrels for aging.
Our dream is to make apple brandy and exceptional gins with local apples, many of which we grow and harvest in our orchard at Westcott Bay Cider.
The climate in the San Juan Islands is very similar to the climate in Normandy, where fine ciders, pommeaus (a barrel-aged mix of cider and Apple Eau de Vie)and Calvados are made. We are using techniques that those French farmers use for our production – distilling cider into eau de vie with a beautiful copper still and aging it in old French Limousin oak barrels, reconditioned with pommeau from our ciderworks.
Our micro batch, limited quantity spirits give us the ability to experiment and play with our flavors to maximize quality. We distribute our spirits locally to island stores, but they are not available outside the San Juan Islands, with a few exceptions (Esquin in Sodo, Total Wine in Bellevue and Lynnwood and Capco in West Seattle).
Come to San Juan Island to experience our tasting room, gorgeous views, exceptional climate, and the delicious spirits and ciders we produce.
Tastings are infrequent in January and February, although we are usually there Saturday afternoons. Come see us! Or make an appointment if you want to arrange a tasting: