The craft distillery boom is exploding in the Inland Northwest

2 Loons Distillery Vodka, unaged white corn whiskey and Blackberry Loon Lightning liquor are the first products from this Loon Lake distillery that has made a splash, and Trisha and Greg Schwartz have plans to expand the offerings in their friendly tasting room as soon as possible. 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 • 2loonsdistillery.com

21 Window Distillery Fun fact: there are 21 windows on a Volkswagen bus, which is where this Spokane Valley distillery got its name. Many Spokane bars feature its vodka, which is also available at local grocery and liquor stores, and now gin, applejack and a smoked vodka have joined the product line. 204 S. Koren Rd., Suite 100, Spokane Valley • 720-7375 • facebook.com/21WindowDistillery

Dry Fly Distillery Spokane is home to one of the Northwest's finest whiskey (and gin, and vodka) makers — Dry Fly Distillery, which produces the Washington Wheat Whiskey that will make you proud to live in the nation's far northwest corner. It's smooth, crisp and strong. For those who enjoy a seriously stiff cocktail, look into the surprisingly smooth 101-proof bourbon. 1003 E. Trent Ave. • 489-2112 • dryflydistilling.com

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. Their Washington Apple Moonshine 151 won gold and silver medals at the American Craft Spirits Conference. Single and triple-malt whiskies and rum soon will join the line. 116 N. Main St., Colville, Wash. • 675-2179 • dominiondistillery.com

Mill Town Distillery This new 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 are the No. 217 Whiskey, an 80-proof unaged corn whiskey, and Pend Oreille River Rum, a flavorful, sweet concoction perfect for mixing. A tasting room is in the works; in the meantime, you can 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 • milltowndistillery.com

Tinbender Craft Distillery Metalworker Paul Ziegman created every decorative piece of metal you spot in this downtown Spokane distillery, and he's just as hands-on with his whiskies and brandies. which go straight from his still to the bottle without being aged in the barrels that give booze its distinct flavors and dark colors. The results are tasty, clear beverages great for mixing or going down straight. 32 W. Second Ave. • 315-7939 • tinbendercraftdistillery.com

Whiskey Gap Distillery The small Ritzville distillery got off to a spicy start with a spirit called "Heat of the Night," a hot cinnamon whiskey, and followed it up earlier this year with "Fully Loaded," a gin made from potatoes grown in the Columbia Basin and a perfect match for some tonic or cranberry juice. You can find Whiskey Gap's goods in bars and restaurants around Ritzville and select liquor outlets. 213 W. Main Ave., Ritzville, Wash. • 528-2297 • Facebook.com: Whiskey Gap Distillery