Grappa and vodka maker Soft Tail Spirits will host a grand opening party this weekend at the microdistillery’s second tasting room, says part-owner Dennis Robertson. The company has expanded into a single-occupancy house at 14356 Woodinville Redmond Road for two reasons.
First: Soft Tail has grown out of its current space on Woodinville Drive. At liquor stores, products are selling faster than they can be made, reports Robertson. The company also hopes the new 1,000 square foot space, which has two outdoor patios, will be booked for private parties. Inside, there’s a 20-foot marble bar for tastings that Robertson procured through his other business—a stone company. There are two new stills on their way to the new space, which will double Soft Tail’s distilling capacities.
Second: The new digs are right in the middle of Woodinville’s tourist district and Soft Tail hopes to pull some of that sweet, sweet street traffic away from the wineries. "We don’t have a lot of money for advertising and marketing, so we have to grow organically," says Robertson, who says Soft Tail has some new releases planned for the coming months that include an oaked grappa, a viognier grappa, and a "cognac-style product" that has rested on oak for two years. (As one of the oldest microdistilleries in the state, two-year-old Soft Tail will also be one of the first to release aged products.)
If you want to check out Soft Tail II, stop by this Saturday, May 21 when the distillery is hosting a pig roast at its Woodinville-Redmond Road tasting room from noon to 5pm. There will be pork sliders, potato salad, baked beans, and of course some bracing brandies to wash it all down.