America's Coolest Distilleries
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Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Bainbridge Island, WA
The 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island makes the trip to this distillery feel like a mini-getaway. But the father-son owners were drawn here for strictly business results: the salty quality of the maritime air and the access to water from deep island aquifers are both crucial to the character of their products. Washington State’s first distillery to produce organic spirits is best known for its Douglas fir gin. With notes of juniper and cardamom, it’s the spirit equivalent of a love letter to the Pacific Northwest.
Tours: May through September, every day from noon to 5 p.m.; free; bainbridgedistillers.com.