Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling is ready to deliver its first-ever release of bourbon. It's also the first true straight bourbon distilled in Washington, according to Dry Fly's managers.
The official first day for selling the bourbon is Saturday, July 30, inside the Dry Fly shop at 1003 E. Trent. Sales of the first 300 bottles start at 8 a.m.
If you want to get ahead of Saturday's line of buyers, there's a benefit Friday evening at the store, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for that tasting party are $25 and will benefit Ronald McDonald House and Casting 4 A Cure foundation.
The Spokane store will sell about 300 bottles. Likely they'll sell out within several hours.
The next week, another 240 bottles will go on sale at the Interlake store operated by the state, in downtown Seattle. Company co-founder Don Poffenroth said the release being sold this summer will be the only one, until next July.
Dry Fly's bourbon was aged for two years in Spokane, inside charred-oak barrels. (The legal requirement for any blend to be called a bourbon is aging inside charred oak barrels. Straight bourbon, by definition, must also be aged for at least two years.)
The Dry Fly blend is 60 percent corn, 20 percent wheat, 20 percent barley, all from local crops.
Each bottle costs $64.95 — reflecting the 101 proof quality of the blend.