Dry Fly Distilling announces major expansion, move to former city property

Dry Fly Distilling announces major expansion, move to former city property

Spokane’s Dry Fly Distilling announced a major expansion and partnership Wednesday, including plans to renovate the old Spokane Fleet Services building in north central Spokane.

A new Dry Fly production facility known as Project Lilac will be located in a development called NoDo. It’s on Normandie right near Spokane’s iconic North Bowl bowling alley in a lot that for years housed Spokane’s city plows and other services.

That development is described as a “5.2-acre mixed use Urban Village which will include medium-density housing, office and retail uses.”

Dry Fly’s expansion comes as part of a partnership with Seven Seas Export, LLC. It will allow Dry Fly’s production capacity to expand from 30,000 maximum gallons each year to 250,000 gallons. The partnership with Seven Seas will allow for an expansion into the Asian market.

Dry Fly was the first small distillery in Washington and currently employs 10 people. Their vodka, gin and bourbon are currently available in 20 states and internationally.

The founder of Seven Seas Export is a commissioner with the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

The Dry Fly expansion will feature three new stills with a 12-hour shift capacity of 5,000 gallons and 25 barrels of newly produced whiskey each week.

Dry Fly says work on the expansion will begin this month and be completed by January 2020.

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