Port Chilkoot Distillery

  In Haines, wife and husband team Heather Shade and Sean Copeland distill small batch artisanal spirits with a taste of Alaska. Photo by Bethany Goodrich

In Haines, wife and husband team Heather Shade and Sean Copeland distill small batch artisanal spirits with a taste of Alaska. Photo by Bethany Goodrich

Southeast Alaska’s First Distillery

At the far end of North America’s longest and deepest fjord, in a wooden, handcrafted building, Port Chilkoot Distillery is capturing the taste of Alaska with small-batch artisanal spirits that capture the flavor and feel of the Last Frontier. They start with water from a nearby lake; then they add organic grains that they mill themselves and local hand gathered herbs like spruce tip, whole juniper berries, cinnamon, and coriander, to make distinctive and delicious gin, bourbon, rye, vodka, and absinthe.  Their craftsmanship and attention to detail are so exceptional that their 50 Fathoms Gin was awarded a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a gold at the American Craft Spirits Awards. As the first and only distillery in Southeast Alaska, Port Chilkoot Distillery is proof that the passion, ingenuity, and resilience of our region can create incredible local products. Beneath the glacier-sloped peaks of the Chilkat Mountain Range, they have created something local, delicious, and true. “Alaska, Bottled. Tastes Like Here.”

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Partnership with Spruce Root

In 2014, Port Chilkoot Distillery was one of two winners in Spruce Root’s Path to Prosperity business competition and received a $40,000 award. They participated in the annual intensive business Boot Camp weekend and deployed their award funding for technical assistance and consulting services to grow their business.