Saturday, February 12, 2011

Suzy Pingree of Westcott Bay Cider/SJI Distillery sent us a note:

photo, above left: Westcott Bay apple orchard, and other photos of SJI farms represented on the SJ County Agricultural Resources Committee

From Suzy: "We are organizing a "gin tasting" to get our recipe right, it's February 28th 2 to 4 pm at Coho Restaurant.  Can you come and help?" [Participants must be at least 21 years of age.]

"We just got our federal and state permits to begin operation as a local craft distillery, we own Westcott Bay Cider and we are planning to make apple brandy from the cider (apple brandy ages for 3-5 years before it can be sold). But in the meantime, we are making gin from the cider. It's delicious!

Thanks!" Contact the Distillery to sign up, or write Suzy at

San Juan Island Distillery on San Juan Island, owners of Westcott Bay Cider, a prize-winning cider works, now has a craft distillery license to make gins and apple brandy from their excellent cider.

Every season, some apple eau de vie will get put into oak barrels for aging, and some will be sold separately for those who love the fresh taste of fine cider apples in a digestif!
Follow on SJI Distillery's facebook page, and follow on Westcott Bay Cider's facebook page as they harvest apples and make cider in the fall, and bottle the cider in the spring and summer. Distilling is what they do in the winter.

Our small island distillery will start production at the end of January, 2011. We are distilling cider in our small 30 liter copper still while we wait for delivery of our 200 liter copper still from Germany. It will be so beautiful.

12 Anderson Lane
Friday Harbor WA 98250
(360) 378-2606
San Juan Island Distillery makes spirits (gin, apple brandy) & hard cider from their antique apples at Westcott Bay Orchards. Saturday tastings 3-5pm at Westcott Bay Cider Works

Watch the film FRESH at SJI Library 1/13/116 PM - Free. See details below: