Washington winemaker gets into whiskey business with new Spokane distillery

Credit: Browne Family Distillery

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington winemaker and Spokane native Andrew Browne is getting into the whiskey business.

Browne, owner of Browne Family Vineyards, will open a new distillery in Lilac City later this year.

Browne Family Distillery will make limited-edition whiskey, bourbon and rye with bottles selling for between $40 and $90. Ingredients, including rye, wheat and corn, will be sourced from around the state. Once the alcohol is removed from the fermented mash, the remaining grain will be distributed to Spokane farmers to feed their livestock.

Aaron Kleinhelter, a born and bred Kentuckian, will be the master distiller.

“Aaron honed his skills just two miles from the Jim Bean Distillery making authentic, premium, small-batch spirits,” Browne said. “My family and I are grateful to have someone with such deep roots leading our charge in the spirits in my hometown of Spokane.”

“The success of Browne Family Vineyards in Washington and beyond has positioned itself as a beacon of quality and creativity within the wine industry,” Kleinhelter said. “I appreciate this opportunity to showcase my Kentucky roots and knowledge of spirits to produce some of the best and most unique spirits the Pacific Northwest has seen. Like whisky, we will only get better with age.

The distillery and tasting room will be located at 714 N Lee St. It is scheduled to open in November.

There will also be a tasting room in downtown Bellevue, which will open on October 27.

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