First Annual NW Distillery and Cocktail Festival
This week marked the first ever Northwest Distillery and Cocktail Festival, which took place at Herban Feast Catering in SoDo. Local craft distillers like Sound Spirits, Sun Liquor, and New Deal Distillery set up shop in the same room and offered up tastings of their small batch spirits between seminars.
A small crowd gathers for sampling before Wednesday's cocktail competition kicked off.
Mary Kachi of Dandelion Botanical company leads a seminar about the medicinal aspects of bitters.
Samples of Schisandra berries were handed out - the berries are a key ingredient in bitters - they aid in digestion as well as improve visual and tactile performance.
Various tinctures were passed around for attendees to mix together to create their own bitters.
Guests were able to discuss spirits candidly with distillers while tasting offerings from all of the local companies.
Paul Ritums of Local 360 kicked off Wednesday's cocktail competition with his signature drink - the "Bait and Switch", made with Vodka and Rhubarb liqueur
Zig Zag Bartender Erik Hakkinen brought a little island flavor to the competition with his "Sweet Okole", a blended tropical drink served in tiki-style mugs
Sound Spirits owner Steven Stone checks out ingredients during the cocktail competition.
Anu Apte, owner and bartender at Rob Roy, serves up a sample of her latest creation.