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1987 – Justin distills his first batch in 7th grade in Spokane (don’t try this at home)
People ask: “How’d you get started in this?” Justin replies, “I distilled my first batch in 7th grade in Spokane.” The rest is history: a degree in Chemical Engineering, a law degree and a distillery permit later – here we are.
2008 – Distilleries become legal in Washington
75 years after the end of Prohibition, the Washington State Legislature changes the law to allow distilleries to get licensed. (pc: www.HistoryLink.org)
2011 – the idea behind HDC is born around a campfire
The discussion started after a few glasses of whiskey and a cigar around the campfire. “We can make something better than this, and we can do it in a way no one has ever done it before.” The next day we started writing the business plan.
A little pre-marketing never hurts. So while we were under construction we entered a float in the local parade. And we won “BEST FLOAT”. People must have really been thirsty.
September 2012 – Nonna, HDC’s Italian made still arrives
HDC’s Italian-made still, named Nonna, arrives in Gig Harbor via the Panama Canal. It’s the first Italian still in North America. It takes 2 weeks to install, test & certify. It’s design was engineered especially for HDC.
November 2012 – HDC Flagship opens
November 3, 2012 – HDC Flagship opens the doors to the public to celebrate the grand opening of the first distillery in South Puget Sound since Prohibition.
November 2013 – Elk Rider Blended Whiskey is released
HDC celebrates our first anniversary by releasing Elk Rider Blended Whiskey. The Seattle Whiskey Collective calls it “one of the most anticipated whiskey releases in Washington for 2013.”
April 2014 – HDC becomes the most awarded craft distillery in North America by the American Distilling Institute
HDC wins a record 14 medals for spirits during the American Distilling Institute Conference in Seattle, including several “Best of Category” medals, making HDC the most awarded craft distillery in North America for 2014 by ADI.
July 2014 – Batch No. 12 is released
Batch No. 12 Vodka, Bourbon, and Rye are released at Tahoma Market in Fife. The products are instantly successful, become some of the top selling spirits produced by a WA, OR or ID distillery.
October 2014 – HDC Waterfront opens in Downtown Gig Harbor
Heritage Distilling Company’s 2nd Anniversary is celebrated with the grand opening of HDC Waterfront in Downtown Gig Harbor on Halloween. On the same day, HDC’s line of 22 Naturally Flavored Vodkas is also released. Boy, we were busy.
April 2015 – HDC repeats as the most awarded craft distillery by ADI for the 2nd year in a row
HDC repeats as the most awarded craft distillery in North America out of nearly 700 distilleries by the American Distilling Institute. This time HDC wins 19 medals at the awards banquet in Kentucky, including several “Best of Category” awards.
December 2015 – BSB is released
BSB – Brown Sugar Bourbon is released in Gig Harbor tasting rooms. BSB goes on to win the Gold Medal and “Best of Category” from the American Distilling Institute in 2016.
April 2016 – HDC repeats as the most awarded craft distillery by ADI for the 3rd year in a row
HDC three-peats as the most awarded craft distillery in North America out of nearly 700 distilleries by the American Distilling Institute. This time HDC wins 24 medals at the awards banquet in San Diego.
October 2016 – HDC Eugene Opens
October 2016 – HDC’s Eugene, Oregon location opens.