The beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest is known for inspiring those who enjoy getting lost amongst the rivers, mountains, lakes and forests. Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann found inspiration on an early morning while fly fishing in the Gallatin River.
Poffenroth and Fleischmann are the co-owners and co-founders of Dry Fly Distilling, a distillery prided on reflecting the beauty of the area into liquor crafted from local ingredients and sustainable farms. With a range of pure, hand-crafted spirits, Dry Fly Distilling has earned international recognition for their “farm to bottle operation.”
“Many spirits are made by one company and marketed and branded by another,” says Fleischmann. “It was important for us to remember that this is actually an agricultural business. Local ingredients and farms are crucial.”
The Dry Fly business concept has been more than successful; their products are now available in 26 different countries and award-winning.
“Back in 2008, when we only made vodka, we won the San Francisco International Spirit Award, which is one of the largest competitions in the world. We were named the ‘Best Vodka in the World,’” Fleischmann says. “Since then, we have expanded our product line and have won 65 international awards in equal stature.”
The distillery’s policy on doing things the right way has allowed for growth and development. Last year, Dry Fly Distilling became a sponsor for the Hoopfest tournament, continuing to impact the greater Spokane community.
“We are excited and thankful to have another nationally-recognized brand in Dry Fly Distilling sponsoring our event,” says Hoopfest Director of Brand Strategy and Business Development, Bailee Neyland. “Bettering our local community is an important part of both the Hoopfest and Dry Fly missions, so this partnership is a great fit.”
From a rudimentary river idea to a successful business plan, Dry Fly Distilling has become a fun gathering place for the Spokane community. Especially with the opening of the Dry Fly Distilling tasting room.
“We felt as though it was time for us, as the landmark distillery in this area, to give something back to our fans and to tourists,” Fleischmann explains. “The tasting room will enhance guest experience with sampler cocktails, private events and nice glass wear. We’re very excited!”
The best part, however, is that you can taste the passion of Dry Fly Distilling. Literally. While the tasting room has all the ingredients to be an overnight success, there’s one thing missing: you.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. A day dedicated to “non-green wearers” getting pinched and friends gathering with a good brew in hand. Be sure to grab your buddies and head to Dry Fly Distillery to participate in their celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!
If you can’t make it to today’s festivities, no worries. Next time you’re out, perhaps in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, grab a Dry Fly product and enjoy both responsibly.
Hoopfest is always welcoming new partnerships. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, you can head here for some more information!