Making our own tradition
Norway has a unique tradition of sending barrels of aquavit in ships from Norway to Australia and back again. The steady movement of the waves, the humidity and the mercurial temperatures cause the aquavit to extract more flavor from the barrels.
On Saturday, June 24, our head distiller and janitor, Chuck, will be crossing our fjord, the Hood Canal, with a barrel of Hardware Distillery aquavit. He will start in Hoodsport and cross the fjord to Tahuya.
To celebrate his departure, there will be a send-off at the Hoodsport Dock, and we hope that his return will be the same day.
Please join us. There will be local food, and the town will be ready to celebrate the start of summer.
We are excited to be doing the Distiller’s Dinner at Port Ludlow Resort on Friday, May 19.
- 6-7 pm Sips and Tastes
- 7-8:30 pm Four-course Dinner paired with hand-crafted cocktails
- $111 per person (includes tax, gratuity, and Brown Paper Ticket service fee)
Book now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2844149
We encourage guests to stay over at the resort. Book a room at www.portludlowresort.com or by calling 360-437-7000.
Douglas Scott has written about Hoodsport in an article about staycations for Thurston Talk. Here’s some of what he has to say:
“In the shadow of the southeast Olympic Mountains, perched along the shores of Hood Canal, the small town of Hoodsport rests quietly, awaiting your adventure. For 125 years, Hoodsport has captured the imagination of everyone who passes through this sleepy hamlet along Washington’s often-overlooked fjord. Located just 45 minutes from Olympia, and a little over an hour and a half from downtown Seattle, Hoodsport has emerged as a must-stop location and a gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. Hoodsport, located along the banks of Hood Canal, is beckoning for your next staycation adventure.
“The town of Hoodsport isn’t big. In fact, it isn’t even technically a city. This unincorporated community in Mason County had only 376 permanent residents, according to the 2010 census. Yet, despite being a quick stop along Highway 101, Hoodsport is quickly becoming one of the Olympic Peninsula’s favorite towns.
“Hoodsport is quickly becoming one of the Olympic Peninsula’s favorite towns. Maybe it is the water, maybe it is the access to nature, or maybe it is the world-class dining and drinking experiences, but somehow everyone who explores Hoodsport falls in love with the area. With a lifetime of adventures just minutes from the community dock in downtown Hoodsport, take a weekend and explore why this area is becoming so popular…”
To read more, visit http://www.thurstontalk.com/2015/11/19/weekend-staycation-hood-canal/
Experience the Hood Canal with Hood Canal Events, Hama Hama Oyster Company and The Hardware Distillery on Thursdays. Reservations are encouraged. https://www.facebook.com/events/686726924791105/
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Our first batch of whiskey will be available at the distillery beginning April 3.
For over a year, this first batch has been resting in white American oak barrels that were previously used to age our Fig Bee’s Knees. The fig and honey add a subtle complexity to our Scotch style whiskey. We will have approximately one hundred 375ml bottles from this first barrel.
Additional batches of whiskey are still resting in Plumb, Peach, and Raspberry Bee’s Knees barrels. They will be available in the coming months and years.
Scenic Highway 101 has always attracted sightseers as it winds its way around the Olympic Peninsula, and drivers and bikers have always stopped in Hoodsport. This 1930s photo of bikers in front of the distillery was taken when it was the Canal Table Supply store. We’ve always loved this photo, and it’s on our labels and t-shirts.
Just like in the 1930s, these days bikers still stop in Hoodsport all summer long. When Snarl organized a visit to the distillery for a tasting with his friends, we hoped they would help us re-create our beloved historical photo. The weather cooperated, and they agreed to pose as much as possible like the old photo.
Here’s the result. We think it’s not only fun, but a good resemblance, and a reminder that “the more things change, they more they remain the same.”