Founded by two local businessmen
Berle "Rusty" Figgins, Jr. and Ralph Bullock, Jr.
The new venture moved into its 1200-square-foot incubator building space in August 2007. The distillery is working with its next-door neighbor, the Iron Horse Brewery, to craft a proprietary beer that will be distilled into whisky This is a sugar-rich wash, or grain and water mash, (All whiskies are basically grain-based spirits distilled from beer,brewed without hops.) This co-operation creates quite a synergy between the two businesses, lowers the distillery overhead costs and also creates a new revenue stream for the neighboring business.
The Gold Buckle Club malt whisky, Washington's first single malt, was bottled on 07 November 2009. Only 300 standard bottles are filled from a 225-litre whisky cask. It is a single-malt, single-barrel, cask-strength whisky that was filled, corked, labelled and sealed, all by hand, with each bottle being lovingly placed into a hand-made, fire-branded, Douglas fir gift box. Each bottle is numbered and signed by the master distiller.