• Dry Fly releases Washington’s first bourbon 07.28.11



    Fundraiser and First Taste Release August 5; Retail August 6

    In a state that is quickly growing with handcrafted distilleries, Dry Fly Distilling, the state’s first craft distillery since prohibition, is paving the way once again with the first Washington state produced bourbon. Dry Fly bourbon, aged for three years and with limited production, will be released in Spokane on July 30 and in Seattle on August 6. Longtime Dry Fly charity affiliates, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure, will partner in a special release event and auction fundraiser on August 5 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle.

    The long awaited release of Dry Fly bourbon reflects a three year aging process in American Oak and a limited, 480 bottle production. The bourbon is produced with only Washington state products, which continues the Dry Fly company philosophy of local farm to bottle production. This unique bourbon with its quality viscosity has bold palate appeal and a strong finish balanced with hints of Madagascar vanilla and intricate spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and dried orange peel. The approachability of this 101 proof bourbon is found in its makeup of 60% corn, 20% malted barley and 20% malted wheat. Dry Fly Bourbon will retail only at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane and Interbay Liquor Store in Seattle with each location allotted 240 bottles. Dry Fly Bourbon will retail for $64.95.

    In anticipation of the bourbon, Master Distillers and Dry Fly owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth will be holding a First Taste Bourbon Release Event on Friday, August 5, at the Mayflower Park Hotel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will focus around the first taste of Dry Fly Bourbon, which every attendee is guaranteed. The release event is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure, both child-focused non-profits. A Dry Fly Bourbon package with a bottle of bourbon, specialty glassware, a flask, etc. will be auctioned off for charity. A raffle will also be held with ten winners receiving a guaranteed bottle of Dry Fly Bourbon, reserved just for them. Specialty hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails made with Dry Fly gin, vodka and whiskey will be included in the partially tax deductible $75 ticket. Reservations are required by emailing Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Mayflower Park Hotel is located at 405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101.

    Dry Fly Distilling will be giving away two tickets to its August 5 First Taste Bourbon Release to the most unique bourbon cocktail recipe submitted to their Facebook page through Sunday, July 31. One winner will be selected and given two tickets to the event.

    Bourbon enthusiasts can purchase Dry Fly Bourbon in three ways:
    1) July 30, 8 a.m. – Spokane release event at Dry Fly Distilling, 1003 E Trent # 200, Spokane, WA 99202. One bottle limit per person.

    2) August 6, 10 a.m. – Interbay Liquor Store, 1827 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119. Master distillers and owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth will be on-site to sign bottles and raffle Dry Fly giveaways. Customers are encouraged to arrive early; only 240 bottle available.

    3) August 6, 3 p.m. – For those that want a guaranteed bottled of Dry Fly Bourbon, the highly collectible Barrel #1, Batch #1, Bottles 1-6 signed by the distiller, will auctioned off online to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure. Additional auction details:

    Discover distilled difference with Dry Fly gin, vodka, whiskey and bourbon. Produced in Washington state using only local, sustainable ingredients and farm to bottle production, Dry Fly craft distilled products are available in 43 states and Canada. Dry Fly Distilling is located at 1003 E. Trent, #200, Spokane, WA, 99202. For more, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

    About Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure

    The mission of both charities is to help families with ill children. The Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and support services for families traveling to Spokane seeking specialized medical care for their ill children. Casting 4 A Cure supports research to benefit families affected by Rett Syndrome. For more information on these charities: and

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