In 2011, after a few glasses of whiskey and a cigar around the campfire, the idea for Heritage Distilling Co. (HDC) was created. “We can make something better than this, and we can do it in a way no one has ever done it before.” The next day Jennifer and Justin Stiefel, HDC’s Co-Founders and current President and CEO, began writing their business plan.
Today, Heritage Distilling Co. is among the top premier craft distilleries in the United States, making a variety of whiskeys, vodkas, gins, aquavit and rums from as many local ingredients as possible. HDC is one of the largest craft distilleries on the West Coast and is the largest independently owned craft distillery in Washington. HDC is a majority women-owned enterprise and is proudly named the most awarded craft distillery in North America by the American Distilling Institute for the past eight years out of more than 1,500 craft distilleries.
Some of the best-known facets of the company include HDC’s innovative programs like Spirits Club® and its patented program Cask Club®. Cask Club is an annual membership-based program that provides the creativity of each member to be transformed into bottled spirits. Members are given the ability to choose everything from spirit, flavor additions, age and proof, while finishing the process with their very own, one of a kind product.
HDC operates distillery tasting rooms in Washington and Oregon including locations in Gig Harbor (WA), Eugene (OR), the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, in the historic town of Roslyn (WA) and in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College at the Tumwater Craft District in Tumwater, WA. Heritage Distilling at Talking Cedar opened in June 2020.