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Heritage Distilling Company

THIS CRAFT DISTILLERY PROVES THAT “INDEPENDEN­TLY OWNED” DOESN’T MEAN SMALL OR LIMITED.

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When mega conglomera­tes started taking over the world, the “indy” term was coined and adopted by small and independen­tly owned businesses to counter everything that the big corporatio­ns stood for. In the process, “indy” became synonymous with “small,” and in some cases, even implied secondrate. But there’s nothing small or second-rate about Heritage Distilling Company in Washington.

Founded by Jennifer and Justin Stiefel, who are still in charge of the company as President and CEO, HDC has grown to become the largest independen­tly owned craft distillery in Washington; it’s also been recognized as the most awarded craft distillery in North America by the American Distilling Institute for the past seven years running. The company’s four distillery locations in Washington and Oregon produce small-batch vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey. Our pick for pandemic-style après: HDC’S awardwinni­ng Elk Rider Bourbon, made from 65 percent corn and 35 percent rye mash and aged for less than two years in new American Oak barrels. Just pack a cooler with a few simple accoutreme­nts and you have yourself a classier drink than you ever dreamed of ordering at the base lodge.

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