Image: Olivia Brent

Bar Type(s)
Outdoor Patio, Recommended Menu

Beer brewer turned gin crafter and all-around busy guy Erik Chapman (he manages both Sun Liquor bars) distills. Fellow busy guy Michael Klebeck, who founded the bars and runs Top Pot Doughnuts with his brother Mark, designed the brand’s distinctively rimmed bottle with the Bakelite cap. Chapman, who happens to be one of Seattle’s most studied cocktailians, tweaked his recipe by testing it in hundreds of classic and modern cocktail concoctions to help him create a versatile mixing gin. The result: a very good go-to bottle for the home bartender. Chapman worked on Sun Liquor’s flagship spirit, the round-bodied Hedge Trimmer gin ($30), for a full year before settling on a final formula in October. It is now for sale at the Pike Street distillery and in state liquor stores. Chapman says that Sun will roll out small-batch seasonal gins, eau de violette, and several more as-yet-­undisclosed products in months to come. Sun Liquor has been planning to start serving samples of Hedge Trimmer at the distillery but has yet to work out the logistics. Chapman said the gin will be available in Washington’s state liquor stores and at select emporiums in Oregon and California.

Sun Liquor Distillery and Lounge

512 E Pike St, Seattle, WA, 98122
Capitol Hill  •  206-720-1600
5pm–2am daily