How It all started
Inspired by a trip to the Highlands and Speyside regions of Scotland and the craft beverage culture of the Pacific Northwest, the idea for Highside Distilling was born. Our mission is to provide a uniquely Pacific Northwest experience to the time-honored craft of fermentation, distillation, and aging of spirits. Whether it be Single Malt Whiskey, Gin, or Amaro, all of our products are a nod to tradition, with a unique character that captures and defines the spirit of this great region.
The three of us, Matt, Helen, and Jeff, all share a love of home brewing and passion for the craft beverage industry, which has evolved into this dream to open our own distillery. Back in 2014, Matt was able to convince the rest of the family that we could leverage our brewing background and work experiences to build a family business doing what we love and be able to share it with others. Over the next few years, we did our homework, developed a business plan, went back to school, and began shaping the concept of what Highside Distilling was to become. Visits to Scotland in 2015 and 2017 further clarified our vision and confirmed our passion for making craft spirits that were rooted in tradition, particularly those of Single Malt Whiskey and Amaro.
Our family has always had a strong belief in the positive impact of memories created over a shared meal or drink. This inspired us to embark on our journey to create a product and experience that represents our home region and can be shared with family and friends anywhere in the world.