SPOKANE, Wash.--Dry Fly Distilling ranks among the 25 Top Craft Distillery Tours in the U.S. according to an online food and drink website. The Daily Meal named the Spokane-based company, Dry Fly Distilling, the 8th best in the nation.
The article described craft distilleries as a favorite destination for food lovers and spirits aficionados.
"Farm-based craft distilleries are responsible for the greening of our industry. These places want to show you their dirt,” said Bill Owens, president of the American Distilling Institute.
ADI leaders said there are 523 licensed Craft Distilleries in the U.S., with hundreds more under construction or applying for certification. However, only 29 states currently permit craft distillers to conduct tastings and on-site sales due to laws dating back to prohibition.
The Daily Meal credited Washington and Oregon with celebrating distilleries more than any other states. The two together comprise the largest cluster of U.S. micro-distilleries according to ADI leaders. Washington’s 2008 craft distillery law allowed small distilleries to operate tasting rooms and sell limited quantities, and there are now 40 operating distilleries, with another 30 under construction and dozens of others applying for licenses.
Two other Washington-based distilleries made the top 25 list besides Dry Fly. Seattle Craft Distillery Tours in Seattle ranked 18th while the 25th spot went to Woodinville Distillery in Woodinville, Washington.
Here is The Daily Meal’s top three:
1. Balcones Distilling- Waco, TX
2. Bendistillery- Bend, OR
3. Breckinridge Distillery- Breckinridge, CO