Capitol Hill newcomer Oola Distillery sent along the news that it won multiple medals in the 2011 MicroLiquor Spirit Awards, the results of which were announced on Tuesday, Novemer 16. Owner Kirby Kallas-Lewis says he entered the inaugural small-brand spirits competition before the facility was even open to the public, just to see how his product measures up “against the best microdistilleries in the world.”
The answer is: pretty well.
Oola’s gin was awarded the triple gold medal, the competition’s highest honor. Spokane’s Dry Fly Distilling also took home a triple gold for its Washington Wheat Whiskey. Both of these spirits, plus Dry Fly’s vodka, also won gold medals in the packaging and design category. Oola’s vodka was among the gold medal winners in the taste category, but also snagged silver for packaging and design.
The distillery’s tasting room, which opened in early October, offers bottles of gin for $33 and vodka for $30—bring a friend, since you can only buy two bottles at a time. You can also peek in on the liquor-making magic while you enjoy your maximum two ounces of samples. Tasting room hours are 2–8 Tuesday through Thursday and 2–10 Friday and Saturday.