Many of the earliest American micro-distilleries were started by wineries so they could make brandy. The State of Washington has more than 600 wineries, so it isn't surprising that the micro-distillery movement has a strong foothold there.
Nor is it surprising that an enterprising community college, Big Bend in Moses Lake, would offer a craft distilling workshop. It is scheduled for March 22-26, 2010. The instructors are Berle 'Rusty' Figgins, Jr., a viticulturist, winemaker and distiller; and Judith Smasne, a compliance consultant and insurance agent who specializes in wineries, breweries and distilleries.
For more information go to the web site, email CBISinfo@bigbend.edu, or call 509-793-2374 .