This is a guest post from Kathy at Copperworks Distilling Company. Copperworks is a Seattle craft distillery and the latest addition to the Victoria Clipper duty free shop beginning May 8. They will also be joining us onboard select departures May 14 serving signature cocktails, sharing recipes and answering questions.
Wander down the Seattle waterfront before or after your Victoria Clipper cruise, just past the Seattle Great Wheel, and you’ll come to Copperworks Distilling Company. We’re a locally owned, small-batch distillery that produces gin, vodka and whiskey, right there on the waterfront.
Pop into the tasting room and the first thing you’ll see is four gigantic copper stills. You can taste Copperworks award-winning gin and distinctive vodka, and we typically have a limited-edition aged gin available for tasting as well. Distillery tours are offered on weekends.
Our single malt whiskey is aging in barrels with expected release sometime in 2016. So no tasting of that yet, but you can learn how we make our whiskey and see the big wall of oak barrels where it’s aging.
At the heart of the distillery are four huge, gleaming copper stills that were hand-built by expert coppersmiths in the highlands of Scotland. While traditional in design, they were tailored specifically for our unique processes and the ingredients we’ve chosen.
All Copperworks’ spirits are distilled from a high-quality craft beer, made from a base of Washington-grown malted barley. Malted barley is the most expensive ingredient to base spirits on, but we believe it produces the most flavorful, high-quality spirits.
And beer is the first love and area of expertise of our two co-owner/distillers, Jason Parker and Micah Nutt. Jason has a long history in the Seattle brewing industry, starting as the first brewer for Pike Place Brewing (now Pike Brewing Company) and ultimately working as Brewmaster for Pyramid Breweries. Micah is an experienced and creative home brewer. They now apply their knowledge and love of malted barley, and craft beer, to producing flavorful distilled spirits.
Copperworks opened its doors in late 2013 and now more than 100 restaurants and bars in the Seattle area serve craft cocktails using Copperworks spirits. And we’re excited to be joining the duty-free shelves on the Victoria Clipper.
We’re proud to be one of many distilleries in the Seattle area and across Washington State. It’s a new industry for the state, but Seattle already has more distilleries than any city in the U.S. A huge variety of clear spirits, whiskeys, brandies, liqueurs and more are produced by more than 20 distilleries located in the greater Seattle area. There are a lot of spirits tasting and distillery tours to enjoy here!
The vodka-based Moscow Mule is all the rage right now. But gin also goes very nicely with ginger. This is an easy and tasty variation of the classic – and no copper mug required!
1.5 oz. Copperworks Gin
.75 oz. simple syrup
.75 oz. lime juice
2 oz. ginger beer
8 – 10 mint leaves
Garnish: sprig of mint
Gently muddle the lime juice, simple syrup, and mint in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add gin and ice, shake well. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer and a sprig of mint.
Copperworks Distilling Company
1250 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101