What is Craft Distilling?

If you have been paying attention to the craft distillery movement you must have wondered at least once…what is a “craft distillery”? Is it just smaller producers, does it have to be from here, can they produce whatever they want, is it simply marketing…I wonder?

Honestly, there are a lot of valid questions regarding craft distilling and it will take a few posts to even begin to cover them all.

But, I will start with what it means to us here at Rain City Spirits. For us craft distilling means going back to our roots and creating products like they did in the past, when you utilized the best ingredients available locally and put a lot of hard work and energy into making it the best you could. To us that is inspiring, especially when you are lucky enough to have the best water and grains available anywhere.

That is the framework for Rain City Spirits and the guideline for how we go about producing world class spirits. Does that belief instantly qualify us to be considered as a craft distillery…nope. There are actually rules and guidelines laid out by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Are craft distilleries by nature automatically better than the larger producers…depends.

My upcoming blog posts will continue to cover the Craft Distilling industry as well as things I have learned along the way. By no means would I consider myself an expert on this topic but I do have an immense passion for it and have learned some pretty cool things that I would love to share.

If you have ideas or things you would like to have me talk about just send me an e-mail (cory@drinkraincity.com)




  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something
    that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad
    for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

    • You are correct, I think there is a lot of room for interpretation when discussing “craft”. In the end it really only matters what you desire or what you are looking for in a product. If you have the time to research, which is always good, you will easily track down a product that is perfect for you.
      Companies, like myself, put terms like “craft” on our labels to help consumers find what they are looking for with less effort. But unfortunately anyone can put things like hand crafted or artisan which may or may not mean what you think.
      Thanks again for checking out the blog and I hope to hear from you again.
      Cory Duffy

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