"Great spirits start with great water, and we use the best." Their water flows to them from the Hood Canal Watershed in the next-door Olympic National Forest. The Hardware Distillery uses grains that are grown in Washington state fields, fruit grown in Washington orchards, and honey from Washington beehives. Yeast is a very important aspect of the distilling process. Their yeast selections and grain combinations result in spirits that are complex, and have great depth.
They use a variety of sizes of barrels for aging, with some of them new and some previously used. Some of the whiskey products are aged in more than one barrel to enhance the depth of their flavors. The distillery is built on property that slopes to the Hood Canal. It has a basement that opens up on the Canal side. The spirits are aged in this basement, so that the barrels can breathe the fresh salt air from the Hood Canal. It is expected that some of the whiskey barrels will age for many years in this setting.
Meet Jan and Chuck, they started The Hardware Distillery in their retirement years. When they decided to locate their distillery next to Washington’s Hood Canal, where they have a small vacation cabin in Hoodsport, they knew it would be the perfect location for their retirement dream of owning a distillery. They created a distillery that manufactures the highest quality spirits. These spirits are meant to be paired with food, and these pairings will accentuate the quality of both the spirits and the food. 'We look forward to seeing you at our Distillery.' -Jan and Chuck
0.5 oz. Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1.5 oz. Hardware Distillery Aquavit
2 dashes orange bitters
Chill before serving and garnish with an orange peel. Enjoy!\n>>>>\nCinnamon Simple Syrup:\nCombine ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, and 3 cinnamon sticks. Cook until sugar dissolves. When cool, remove cinnamon sticks. The leftover simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for about one week.
1 part Cardamom Aquavit
½ part lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
2 parts Crabby Ginny Gin
3-5 drops orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a rocks glass, and add ice.
1 oz. Hardware Distillery HWY 101
2 oz. Hardware Distillery Whiskey
Dash Hardware Distillery Cardamom Aquavit
Serve over ice.
0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
0.5 oz. lingonberry syrup (available at IKEA)
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1-2 drops of peach bitters (Fee Brothers or other brand)
2 oz. Cardamom Aquavit
Stir and serve over ice.
½ part Elderflower Liqueur, such as St. Germain
½ part simple syrup
1½ parts Hardware Distillery Dill Aquavit
2 parts juice from fresh cucumbers
Add club soda and garnish with a cucumber slice.
Hardware Hot Chocolate
1 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
2 oz. Hardware Cardamom Aquavit
Gently stir the hot chocolate and spirits and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.
0.5 oz. Drambuie Liqueur
1 oz. Hardware Distillery Whiskey
Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy!
2 oz. Hardware Distillery Aquavit
Orange segment (blood orange, if available)
Place the sugar cube on a tea plate. Cover the sugar cube with Becherovka and soak the sugar cube until softened. Place the sugar in the glass with the orange and muddle lightly, crushing the softened sugar, but lightly bruising the orange. Add ice and Hardware Distillery Aquavit. Top with a splash of water. Garnish with orange.