Video: This Distillery Uses Alaska Glacier Water
And local fireweed and spruce tips for truly local spirits and craft cocktails.
BestTrip.TV was in port in Skagway, Alaska on our Regent Seven Seas cruise and naturally, we checked out the famous local saloon recommended by Regent's shore expert. We are always on the hunt for 'local', and there on the bar menu: cocktails made using local, small-batch gin and vodka. Intrigued, we asked the bartender, who drew us a map on a napkin (those are always the best maps) to find the distillery.
And off we went on a walk through town to find Skagway Spirits. We found them next to Skagway's local airport in a re-imagined hangar, distilling gin and vodka and hand-crafting local ingredient-based juices and cordials to mix with them in their fun tasting room.
The last time we turned down a crafted cocktail using local ingredients and local, hand-crafted spirits made from the first water off the local glacier was... never! Our little adventure to find the entrepreneurial Heger family and their wonderful airport hangar distillery was one of our best memories of our trip to Alaska.
The best news? You don't need a happy accident to discover Skagway Spirits on your next trip to Alaska. Now you know exactly where to find Gary, Jan and Luke Heger and their delicious spirits and cocktails.
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