Made in Washington: Copperworks Distilling Company

An inside look at the downtown Seattle distillery.
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Copperworks Distilling Company in Seattle (copperworksdistilling.com) makes spirits in traditional copper stills from Scotland.

The large pot still in the fourth photo shown below handles second distillation of Copperworks’ American single-malt whiskey. Alcohol gauge (fifth below) measure the proof, or percentage of alcohol, in a product flowing from the stills. 

A window in the wash still lets workers keep an eye on the first distillation of beer on its way to becoming whiskey, gin or vodka.

Copperworks, which opened in 2013 to distill spirits from unhopped beer, matures its whiskey in 53-gallon American oak barrels (second below) on Alaskan Way along the Seattle waterfront.

Employing five full-timers and three part-timers, it expects to produce 5,000 9-liter cases this year, up from 1,500 in 2014, which was its first full year of production.

Scroll through bonus photos from the shoot at Copperworks below, or click through the slideshow above. See more Made in Washington photo galleries here

This article appears in print in the November 2017 issueClick here for a free subscription.

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