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Bainbridge distillery (finally) opens

It took an extra eight months, but Bainbridge Organic Distillers is now selling spirits from its Coppertop Loop distillery.

Bottles of island-made vodka going for around $33.

A small batch of whiskey should be ready in time for Christmas. A wait list has already been established and is filling fast.

Like the name implies, all of Bainbridge Organic Distillers’ products are organic – even its line of t-shirts and hoodies.

For more, read my story (and see video) HERE.

Bainbridge distillery on KOMO News

KOMO is the latest news outlet to pickup on the organic distillery taking shape here on Bainbridge Island.

You can see their video piece above. And my story about the distillery here.

Interesting comments follow the KOMO story, which you can see on their site here.

One commenter, objecting to the reporter’s characterization of BI as “scenic” and “rustic,” has this to say:

Scenic? Rustic? When was the last time this staffer was on the island? BI is crowded, overbuilt, heavily traffic’d and half the population are rude NIMBY hippie types.

Another commenter writes:

Agreed! Entering Bainbridge Island is like entering The Twilight Zone. Something is very wrong with the general population.

It’s not just left over hippies.. It’s the now rich Hippie offspring mixed with California’s Yuppie Rejects!

There you have it. Four decades of island demography in a nutshell. The Hippies begat the Rich Hippies (who apparently gained their riches through inherited stores of patchouli and love beads). Although the Rich Hippies became quick converts to the NIMBY way, their “Not In My Back Yard” mantra apparently did not apply to the influx of California Yuppie Rejects. Intermarriage between the native Rich Hippies and the foreign-born Yuppie Rejects has produced a new generation of islander that I suggest should henceforth be called Cali NIMBY Yippies. Has a ring to it, don’t you think?

Multimedia boozeapalooza


Click here to read my story on the opening of Kitsap County’s first legal distillery in over 100 years. The Bainbridge-based makers of vodka, gin and whiskey should be open to the public later this month. In fine Bainbridge fashion, the distillery is 100 percent organic and uses 100 percent local ingredients.

Kitsap Sun web editor and food aficionado Angela Dice pulled out all the stops, producing two videos, a photo gallery (with the help of intern Aaron Gould) and a blog post about the new distillery. Check out her blog, the Food Life, for more.

See one of her videos below. The other video, which explains how distilling alcohol works, is on Angela’s blog.

The story went on the AP wire and was picked up statewide – Seattle P-I, Tacoma News Tribune, Tri-City Herald, etc. – so the secret’s out. Stock up before the out-of-towners get their hands on all the Bainbridge-made booze.

Click here to visit Bainbridge Organic Distilleries’ website.