San Juan Island Distillery, Near Roche Harbour, San Juan Island, Puget Sound, Washington, USA.
In the mid 1990’s
newcomer to the island, Rich Anderson, saw the local climate was very similar
to the famous apple growing area of Southern Normandy in France (where they
make Cider and Calvados Brandy). He decided to plant 16 different varieties of
cider apples (not great for eating) on his 2 acres of land (around 1,000 trees)
with a view to producing hard cider. His endeavors led to founding the
successful award winning Westcott Bay Cider.
In 2010 neighbors and longtime island residents Suzy and Hawk Pingree became partners with Rich, with a view to extend the operations including a distillery producing Gin and Brandy. Thus San Juan Island Distillery was born, becoming the 32nd Craft Distillery in Washington, and production started in January 2011. A tasting room was made for early summer 2011 and new products are being continually added to their portfolio.