First International Whiskey Trail Launches in Pacific Northwest: Slàinte to the Northwest Whiskey Trail!

by | May 31, 2023

The new Northwest Whiskey Trail features seven distilleries across British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon.

SAANICH, BC (May 18, 2023) – Whiskey enthusiasts, it’s time to pack your bags and head to the Pacific Northwest for a one-of-a-kind experience. The Northwest Whiskey Trail, the first of its kind to cross an international border, launches today and is ready to welcome enthusiasts and newcomers to the world of single malt and potstill whiskey.

The brainchild of Graeme Macaloney Ph.D., CEO and Whiskymaker at Macaloney’s Island Distillery, the Northwest Whiskey Trail is an international adventure taking visitors through British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon. This self-guided trail features seven distilleries, each with its own character and history, offering visitors an unforgettable whiskey experience.

“We are thrilled to finally unveil the Northwest Whiskey Trail, a unique and exciting experience for whiskey lovers,” said Graeme Macaloney. “Our goal is to showcase the incredible distilleries and whiskies found in the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a fun, educational and memorable experience for visitors. Collectively, we export our whiskies to every continent and can’t wait for whiskey enthusiasts from around the world to come and explore this beautiful region and all it has to offer.”

The trail showcases the best award-winning (including World’s Best & Country Best) whiskies in the Northwest, including those made by Westward Whiskey in Portland, OR,  Copperworks Distilling and Westland Distilling in Seattle, WA, Macaloney’s Island Distillery in Victoria, B.C., Goldstream Distillery in Cowichan Valley B.C., Shelter Point Distillery in Campbell River, B.C., and Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers in Vancouver, B.C. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore each distillery’s unique distilling process, sample their signature whiskey, and learn about the history and culture behind each brand.

“When Graeme first approached us with the idea of creating an international whiskey trail featuring like-minded craft distilleries in the Pacific Northwest, we thought it was a brilliant idea,” said Copperworks Distilling Co. president, co-founder, and co-owner Jason Parker. “We’re excited for more people to visit, learn about the distilleries, and most importantly, taste the difference between each distillery.” 

About the Northwest Whiskey Trail: The trail is the World’s first international whiskey trail. It consists of seven award-winning single malt whiskey distilleries from Portland and Seattle to Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Each distillery offers visitor centre tastings and most also offer immersive, experiential distillery tours. Participating distilleries collectively export to Europe, Asia, Australia, S. America and N. America, therefore the trail represents an opportunity for international single malt whisky consumers to come to the source of their favourite whiskies. A trail passport provides a trail map for navigation, and allows tourists and whisky enthusiasts alike to collect a stamps from each distillery. Upon completion of all seven distilleries, participants earn a complimentary limited-edition Northwest Whiskey Trail Glencairn whisky glass as a souvenir of their accomplishment. www.northwestwhiskeytrail.com


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