Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.™, located in Gig Harbor, is a Washington State Craft Distillery; that means, by definition, they source more than half of their ingredients locally.
The entire process of making spirits by hand is managed on site from the choice of local farm products to the processing. When you visit the tasting room you can look down at the polished stills and watch the work in progress. Better yet, arrange for a tour.
The distillery, located at 3207 57th St Ct NW., is not the easiest to find. Give yourself a little extra time and read the directions on their website. You’ll be greeted warmly when you arrive and led past small private barrels (more on that later) and into the tasting room that features an array of flavored vodkas, gin and whiskey.
Heritage Distillery Tour
On the tour, you’ll see Nonna (Grandmother), the affectionately-named large still from Italy. On another wall are smaller stills. Look closely at the temperature indicators on the mini-stills. The hottest temperature is labeled “Hotter than Hell,” which makes sense given that the stills are made by Hillbilly Stills in Kentucky. These micro-stills are named after the founders’ grandfathers, because they like to tease that Grandpa can get the job done, but when you really need someone to do the dirty work efficiently, you go to Grandma (Nonna), the larger still.
The Heritage Distillery tour is both fun and educational. Distilling is a science, just like wine making and beer brewing. It takes skill and passion to create a notable finished product.