“The annual week-long celebration highlights the deep connection between local agriculture and craft beverages,” said Copperworks Distilling Co. co-owner and president Jason Parker, who sits on the board of directors for the Craft Maltsters Guild. “We’re proud to be a Craft Malt Certified distillery and play an important role in supporting our local farming partners while strengthening our own sustainability efforts. So far in 2023, 100% of the malt we’ve purchased is both craft malt and has been grown right here in the state of Washington.”
Craft malt means three main things: small, local and independent.
Small: A craft maltster produces between 5 and 10,000 metric tons of malt annually.
Local: At least 50% of the grain must be sourced within a 500-mile radius of the malthouse. This gives maltsters flexibility in sourcing during bad crop years.
Independent: The malthouse must be independently owned by a 76% or higher majority.
“Our latest single cask release represents how our commitment to the craft malt movement leads to incredible flavors,” said Copperworks co-owner and vice president Jeff Kanof. “This American Single Malt whiskey was crafted from a barley varietal called Genie grown in Reardan, Washington, by Coulee Hite Enterprises and malted less than an hour away in Spokane Valley, Washington by LINC Malt, a Craft Maltsters Guild member malthouse. The rest of the process (brewing, fermentation, distillation and maturation) took place in Seattle. This new American Oak cask matured for just over three years before being bottled at cask strength.”
Single Cask No. 442
Tangerine, damp pine forest, custard and a familiar chewy lingonberry candy on the nose. Sweet orange, matcha, vanilla, oak, butter mints and bubblegum are harmonious on the palate. The finish is long and sweet with the butter mints fading into wintergreen and rounding out with a touch of grass and red berry jam on toast.
210 bottles (750ml)
60.3% ABV (120.6 Proof)
$89.99 (+ tax and shipping)
To Purchase: Available at Copperworks’ Seattle Distillery & Tasting Room and in its online store.