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Tue., April 13, 2010, 1:47 p.m.

Dry Fly Distilling will start contract distilling

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Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling saw its liquid assets disappear quickly last month.

That was the day of the distillery's second release of its all-wheat Washington Whiskey. The distillery store was sold out in 60 minutes. And those retail state liquor stores given allotments (which were not a lot of bottles) sold out in several hours, said Don Poffenroth, a co-founder. The next whiskey release will be in June.

In the meantime, thanks to legislation adopted in Olympia this past session, Dry Fly now has a higher cap on total distilling volume. The first move to take advantage of that change, said Poffenroth, is for Dry Fly to do some contract distilling.

One area farm has signed up so far, he noted. That custom job will start and end in the summer, as grains are harvested. Dry Fly expects to continue locking up other bottling jobs over the next 12 months.




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