Watch now on My Edmonds News TV: Owner Kim Karrick talks about the Scratch Distillery, a new business coming to Edmonds’ Salish Crossing.
It had to happen sooner or later.
With hundreds of wineries and craft brewers now operating in Washington State, it was only a matter of time before independent distillers joined in to further tantalize our increasingly sophisticated palettes.
“There are already about 70 craft distillers in Washington state, almost half of which are in the Puget Sound basin,” said Kim Karrick, who along with husband Bryan will open the Scratch Distillery later this year in Edmonds’ refurbished Salish Crossing. “The independent distillery business is definitely picking up steam, and we’re really excited to be part of it.”
The Karricks moved to Edmonds in 2002, where Bryan pursued his career in optometry and Kim did outside sales of optical products.
“Outside sales means lots of traveling,” said Kim. “We’d always dreamed about running a business together, but it took a while to find our niche. For years we’ve been making wine and brewing our own beer, but it was always more of a hobby than a vocation.”
All that changed last year when the couple signed up for a workshop in London on craft distilling.
“We were fascinated by the art of it,” she said, “especially the subtle blending of botanicals that go into gin and give each one a distinctive character. It’s so creative. We were hooked, and decided right then to bring craft distilling to Edmonds.”
Upon returning to Edmonds, they moved fast to realize their dream, securing space in the new Salish Crossing development in the former Waterfront Antique Mall space on Sunset Avenue, embarking on the complex and time-consuming licensing process to produce distilled spirits and open a tasting room, and ordering equipment, including a German-made distilling apparatus that looks like something out of a 1930s science fiction movie.
“Everything is moving along pretty smoothly at this point,” says Karrick, “and we plan to be open for business in time for the holidays.”
Learn more about the Scratch Distillery on their Facebook Page here.
— By Larry Vogel