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A craft distillery explosion in the Inland Northwest makes it easier than ever to drink local

click to enlarge Tinbender specializes in “immature” white whiskey.
  • Tinbender specializes in “immature” white whiskey.

2 Loons Distillery

Vodka, unaged white corn whiskey and Blackberry Loon Lightning liquor were the first products from this Loon Lake distillery that has made a splash since opening in 2014. Since then, Trisha and Greg Schwartz have continued to experiment with locally sourced ingredients to add Mint Loon Lightning, made from locally grown spearmint, and Coffee Loon Lightning, infused with Roast House coffee, along with gin, bourbon and cinnamon-flavored whiskey to their offerings. It's a perfect stop on the way to (or home from) the lakes north of Spokane. 3950 Third Ave., Loon Lake, Wash. • 998-0440 or 998-0330

21 Window Distillery

21 Window is named after the best VW bus that ever rolled, and vodka, gin and applejack are all on the menu at the small-batch distillery. Their Smoked Vodka, cold-smoked with mesquite and cherrywood, elevates Bloody Marys to a whole new level. Tastings by appointment. 204 S. Koren Rd., Suite 100 • 720-7375

Dominion Distillery

Using their custom-built still and local ingredients, this small-town distillery delivers big flavor and unique products, like their distinct single-malt vodka which took home a gold medal and a silver medal at the American Distilling Institute's annual competition. Single and triple-malt whiskies and rum soon will join the line. 116 N. Main St., Colville, Wash. • 675-2179

Dry Fly Distillery

Spokane is home to one of the Northwest's finest whiskey (and gin, vodka and bourbon) makers. Dry Fly Distillery, smooth, crisp and strong, produces the Washington Wheat Whiskey that will make you proud to live in the nation's far northwest corner. Gin lovers should also take note: At the 2016 World Spirits Awards, Dry Fly's Wheat Gin and Barrel Reserve Gin took home gold medals. 1003 E. Trent Ave. • 489-2112

Mill Town Distillery

This small-batch distillery in Sandpoint works in small batches and carefully crafted spirits, using a homemade still and the same cold spring water as the bootleggers of yesteryear. The first two products were the No. 217 Whiskey, an 80-proof unaged corn whiskey, and Pend Oreille River Rum, a flavorful, sweet concoction perfect for mixing. They've since added Scotchman Peaks Barley Vodka, and promise that more products are on the way. Find Mill Town's bottles at Idaho State Liquor stores and restaurants and bars throughout North Idaho. 22979 Highway 2, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-1739

Tinbender Craft Distillery

Tinbender specializes in "immature" white whiskey and makes a couple of brandies as well. The tasting room is adjacent to the shiny steel stills, making tours of the process really easy. Better yet, sign up for one of their distillers-for-a-day classes and learn to make your own hooch. 32 W. Second Ave. #400 • 315-7939

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