Producing Small Batch Spirits in Washington State



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Welcome

Black Heron Spirits is a small distillery in the shadow of Red Mountain, in West Richland, Washington. Our production and tasting room facility was carved out of Eastern Washington’s inland desert, just over the ridge from some of the Northwest’s most celebrated vineyards and wineries.

Come see our small batch Vendome Still - and learn how we create our spirits for your favorite drinks and cocktails. Black Heron Spirits is currently open to visitors on Friday and Saturday afternoons, or by appointment during the week.

Welcome to Black Heron Spirits Distillery

Our Distillery

For years Black Heron Spirits founder Joel Tefft owned a winery, making great wine and tending the vineyard. It grew until Joel decided it was just too big and decided to sell. The next question then was, “What do I do now?” Not ready to retire, Joel decided to follow his other interest – distilling – and Black Heron Spirits was born.

Today, Mark Williams owns Black Heron Spirits and mans the still… Black Heron produces a dozen unique spirits, with a couple more in the works and a few ideas on the chalkboard. Check out our Spirits page to see what’s available.

Available Statewide

...coming soon to Oregon, Idaho and Montana!

Coyote Howl Whiskey by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Black Heron Coyote Howl Whiskey

A light copper appearance… Aromas of oak, toffee and vanilla that carry with a warming sensation on the palate, leading to a smooth finish… Enjoy neat or on the rocks. Distilled from an Irish blend of barley, oats and rye with a little twist of Washington, then aged 18 months in whiskey barrels.

Vodka by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Black Heron Vodka

A subtle aroma of sweetness and creamy mouth feel, followed by soft notes of grain… This vodka is perfect alone or as a part of your favorite cocktail.

Bourbon Whiskey by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Black Heron Bourbon Whiskey

A light copper appearance… Aromas of oak with hints of candy sweetness, followed by soft spice… Smooth with a medium finish. Enjoy neat or on the rocks.

Moonshine by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Black Heron Moonshine

100% corn whiskey. Aromas of corn, sweet earthy flavor with warming sensations, followed by incredible 100 proof smoothness. A unique American sipping whiskey.
Enjoy neat.

Lemoncello by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Black Heron Lemoncello

A balance of lemon tartness and cane sugar sweetness makes this liqueur enjoyable for all occasions. Aroma of…lemon, of course! Made from grape-based vodka, zested lemons and just enough sugar to be refreshing. Serve over lemon sorbet, cheesecake or fruit salad or add to your regular ice tea – straight from the freezer!

RECIPE CARDS

Finn Huckleberry Vodka by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Finn Huckleberry Vodka

Refreshingly light and fruity with a touch of huckleberry sweetness. Enjoy Finn Huckleberry Vodka chilled, on the rocks or with a splash of soda.

Tasting Room Only

Brandy by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Black Heron Brandy

Made from pinot gris grapes and aged in used port barrels. These barrels give our brandy a mellowness similar to port and imparts a bit of the color too. Aromas of crisp white wine with chocolate make this a fruity and mellow spirit. Treat this brandy as you would a Cognac and you can’t go wrong.

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Brushfire Pepper Vodka by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Brushfire Pepper Vodka

A Habanero or two for heat with Anaheim, Szechwan and black pepper to follow. Great for a spicy bloody mary and for sauté cooking applications.

Huckleberry Cordial by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Huckleberry Cordial

Sweet yet tart huckleberry flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Perfect to drink neat or paired with chocolate, cheesecake or ice cream. Non-cloying, nice and clean, leaving only flavor to enjoy.

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Ink Vodka by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Ink Vodka

Distilled from malted barley and polished lightly for a unique vodka with just the slightest hints of chocolate ad caramel. Enjoy on the rocks.

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Rayn Anjel Gin by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Rayn Anjel Gin

Not your typical gin! Strong on juniper and robust in the glass.

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Desert Lightning by Black Heron Spirits, West Richland, WA

Desert Lightning Corn Whiskey

Made from 100% corn, and barrel aged for two years. Mild aromas of oak and banana follow through onto the palate for smooth, medium finish. Enjoy neat or on the rocks.

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Wines

Sugar Horse Wines by Black Heron Spirits

Sugar Horse Cellars

Black Heron Spirits also creates wine under the “Sugar Horse Cellars” brand. Sugar Horse Cellars’ varietals Columbia Valley Merlot and Chardonnay are available at our tasting room (see sales sheets below for more information).

Other Sugar Horse Cellars varietals are produced in small lots only at the tasting room on the east side of Red Mountain. We are currently seeking distributorship for Sugar Horse Cellars.



Chardonnay Sales Sheet Merlot Sales Sheet

Find Us

Where to find Black Heron Spirits productsSix of our products are distributed in Washington state by KBI Craft Spirits, including: Coyote Howl Whiskey, Vodka, Bourbon Whiskey, Moonshine, Lemoncello and Finn Huckleberry Vodka. Our six other spirits are exclusively sold in our tasting room.

Distribution to Oregon, Idaho and Montana are coming soon!

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509-967-0781
info@blackheronspirits.com

8011 Keene Rd,
West Richland, WA 99353
United States
Tasting Room: Open 12pm – 5pm
Friday and Saturday

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