A Peak Inside Our Distilling Process


From grinding the grain, to distilling our liquor, everything we do here is made through passion and care.

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Making Whiskey involves many steps and here at Bad Dog Distillery we pride ourselves on being a grain to glass distillery. Being grain to glass means we do everything on site from grinding our grain to bottling our spirits, hence “grain to glass”. We feel that being in control of every step is important so everyone knows exactly what is going into our alcohol.

Our first process will always begin with getting our grain of course. Staying local is very important to us so everything we use is from Washington State. Once we pick up the grain, or have it delivered, we will then store it and grind the amount needed for our next batch.

Mashing will be the next step taken, which is the process of converting the starches from grain into sugar. During this time we are very careful to keep our mash ton at specific temperature to be sure that everything comes out exactly how we want it. Once our mash is to the right consistency, we will then transfer it into what is basically a giant strainer. This process can sometimes get messy, but boy is it worth it in the end! The reason we strain the mash is to separate the wash from the solids. The solids are the leftover grain that we will send to farmers to use as feed. The wash is what will then go into our copper pot still and soon become alcohol. But first we will transfer the wash into a tote and pitch the yeast. The tote will then sit for a few days before transferring into the still.

The distilling process itself can take many hours. We watch the temperature closely for that as well. Most of what comes out of our still will go into a barrel to become either Whiskey or Bourbon. Some of it we will keep unaged and some we will use to create a flavored whiskey out of.

And our final step is to bottle! We do all our bottling here at the distillery. By hand, we will bottle, cap, seal, label, and box!

This process consists of a lot of hard work and passion.  We are very dedicated to create the highest quality product as possible for our customers to enjoy.

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Bourbon cocktails that will bring you some holiday cheer!

The weather is getting chilly and the days are getting shorter. Moods are getting gleamy, and sometimes a little holiday pick me up is needed! And, of course, our Moonshine Apple Pie and Hot Shot Cinnamon Whiskey make for some mighty fine holiday drinks!  But, our Bourbon Whiskey does too! Next time you’re needing a quick warm up or trying to find a good drink for a party you’re hosting, definitely try these two Bourbon holiday drinks.

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Hot Buttered Bourbon


  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves

Mix together with fork or spoon until well combined. Use immediately or store in fridge until ready to serve.

-Preparing drink

  • 2 tbsp batter
  • 2 oz Bad Dog Bourbon Whiskey
  • Top with boiling water

Garnish with whipped cream, dust with cinnamon and pair with Bad Dog Bourbon infused Chocolate Truffles. Find recipe here.


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Maple Bourbon Hot Chocolate

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 3 oz hot chocolate of your choice
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 3 oz Bad Dog Bourbon
  • bacon of your choice   

Combine milk and hot chocolate mix into sauce pan and stir until well blended. Add maple syrup and Bourbon. Let simmer (not boil) and begin cooking the bacon. Pour into mug and garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and bacon.



Find more drink recipes here.

Bad Dog Bourbon Infused Chocolate Truffles

Alcohol deserves to be in more than just beverages! These Bourbon infused truffles are the perfect dessert to any gathering!

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  • 14 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½  cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½  tsp vanilla extract
  • ½  tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz Bad Dog Bourbon


Pour 7 oz chocolate chips into bowl. Heat heavy whipping cream in sauce pan over Med heat until it reaches a boil. Instantly pour cream into bowl over chocolate chips and whisk until smooth. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon. Place in fridge for 2-3 hours.

Melt the remaining chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals, stirring until completely melted.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scoop mixture with tbsp and form into balls using your hands. (tip, run hands under cold water and then dry before handling mix. It will help keep from melting. If mix starts to melt, throw it in the freezer for 10 min). Dip each ball into melted chocolate and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cocoa powder for garnish.

Instantly put in fridge to cool until ready to serve.