Save this Spirited Date: March 12

Coming up Saturday March 12, Washington’s Distiller’s Guild will host the South Sound Spirits Gathering, at the Olympic Flight Museum. This spirited event will feature 18 of the state’s top distillers serving sips of their finest craft, paired with bites from Thurston County’s top chefs. Find details and tickets at this link. Make a weekend out of it and check out the variety of libation vacation opportunities around Thurston County below.

Those staying at Tumwater La Quinta Inn & Suites, Best Western or Guesthouse Inn & Suites will enjoy complimentary transportation to the South Sound Spirits Gathering between 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  • Blind Pig Spirits recently set up a tasting room in downtown Olympia to sample it’s five small batch products ranging from Apple Pie Moonshine to Single Malt Vodka. Tasters can take it a step further with the Moonshine 101 This hands-on workshop teaches distilling basics and includes a batch of booze and a t-shirt.
  • Sandstone Distillery in Tenino pairs distillery tours and tastings of its artisan spirits with a side of local history inspired by the region’s Sandstone quarries. Given the Bourdon family’s longtime roots in this region and also in honor of the industry for which the business is named, distiller John Bourdon cold-filters his Vodka through fractured sandstone. The result is a clean, crisp spirit with a true connection to its source.
  • Situated conveniently in the Lacey Libation District, Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs serves up sips of its handcrafted organic liqueurs infused with flavors of herbs and fruit. With nearly 20 different flavors of small batch, organic goodness, tasters will find a variety of liqueurs to sample ranging savory sage or fennel to sweet rose petal or honeysuckle.

Don’t forget to find a driver or leave it to the experts with a custom tour by Lifestyle Valet.

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