The People Behind Bad Dog Distillery

People blog

One would think that Dave and I are the people behind Bad Dog Distillery. That is far from the truth. There are many people behind Bad Dog Distillery. Without our friends’ and family’s help we would not be able to do it.
Dave’s good friend Mark Y. spent at least 2 solid weeks helping Dave build the tasting room. They even did the majority of the tasting room design. I think one of the conversations went, “the bigger the log beams the better”. And they are big for sure.
Dave’s other good friend Marc T. has spent quite a few of his Friday and Saturday days off helping. Allan has been the “offsite-gathering-equipment” guy. He found Dave the boiler and coordinated the pickup. I think he also played part in finding us some doors. Son-in-law, Daniel, and his buddy Dave are helping with figure out how to get the boiler hooked up. My daughter’s best friend’s husband and brother-in-law helped with our sprinkler system. Dave even had a client come in and help with some architectural design ideas.

I’ve had help too. My daughters, Taylor and cousin Jesi help find our brand essence’s three words, which are Simple, Neighborly, Tradition. Cousin Holly and I tackled the job of cleaning the disgusting bathrooms. Alyssa has been stopping by the distillery almost every night after work. She’s done be data input for me.
So you can see the people behind Bad Dog Distillery are all you. Without your help Bad Dog Distillery would be just a dream. Thank you every one!!
Oh….. stay tune….. work party for paint will be planned soon. 

Thank you for all of your support,
Shelly & Dave

What is a distillery?

I have found that many people don’t know what a distillery is. Many get it confused with a brewery and they think we are going to brew beer. I like beer and have brewed beer, but I would rather drink it than make it. 

A distillery makes hard alcohol like whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, etc. The process of making distilled spirits starts off much of the same as making beer. We start by combining some basic ingredients such as grains, yeast & water. Of course each product’s recipe varies. The grains breakdown and convert the starches to sugars. With the help of the yeast and enzymes the sugar is converted into alcohol. This is where the similarity ends between beer and distilled spirits. Once the yeast and sugar has done their jobs we drain off the spent grains. We take the remaining liquid and pour it into the still. Alcohol’s boiling point is lower than water so it vaporizes first. It is then condensing by cooling the vapor, and collecting the resulting liquid commonly known as alcohol.

I’m sure you can tell by now, I am not the expert distiller. This is so very true, but I’m learning from a great teacher. If you want to learn more, I encourage you to visit our tasting room and plant when we open in the fall of 2014. Dave is a great teacher.

I hope that helps clear up some confusing between a brewery—that makes beer and a distillery—that makes hard alcohol.

Have a wonderful evening,


It’s Official!

Great news! Bad Dog Distillery is approved to operate as a Distilled Spirit Plant. It’s amazing how fast this happened. According to the TTB website the average wait time for a DSP is 120 days. Ours was approved around 42 days. The next step is to get approved by Washington State.

Now that the paperwork is done, it’s crunch time to get the tasting room done. Dave, Mark and Marc along with other friends have been hard at it. The guys decided to use large beams instead of TGI joists (manufactured). So they headed up to our local Oso sawmill and got logs.  Once the structure is up it will be us girls’ turn to finish the décor and painting. This will be the fun part.

Another exciting thing for me is Dave built stairs to what is now my office at the distillery. As I type I’m sitting in my office complete with internet!! Most don’t know that we haven’t been able to get DSL at our house. This is a real treat for me. No more having to cram stuff in on my lunch breaks.

We had one slight set back this week. We settled on a logo, but I found that Bad Dog Bitters has a very similar one.   Alyssa and I both agreed we better change ours. So…back to the drawing board. It’s really not that big of a deal. We haven’t used it in any marketing yet.

Stay tune for our new logo…..

Cheers & blessing,

Shelly, Dave & Hank (aka Bad Dog)

The Walls are Going Up

We are gaining momentum with the distillery.  Last Thursday the TTB requested additional information for our permit.  They wanted more detail on the layout of the interior and another drawing.    I submitted that on Monday and got a phone call yesterday.  I was told our application was going to be forwarded to final approval.  We could potentially have our operation permit in a couple of weeks.

Dave is putting up the walls for the tasting room and the grain loft. I order internet and phone service and should have that by Monday.  I bought a printer last night and will buy an iPad once we get the internet up and running.

Probably the most exciting part of the week is the finalization of our logo.  I posted 3 options on Facebook and got lots of good comments.  We took those comments to create the final logo.  I can’t wait to share it with everyone.  Once I get the distillery’s office fully functional, which should be next week, I will work on an official Bad Dog Distillery’s Facebook page.  And probably should figure out the Twitter thing too….

Dave and I wish all of you a fabulous weekend and thank your for reading Bad Dog’s blog.  Next week I’ll be adding pictures to it.