In December, Rusty Figgins will bring a new class of students to XO Alambic to continue his craft distilling course onsite through the Spirits Institute of Puget Sound (SIPS). The institute, which he co-founded in 2010, has graduated 320 students.
We try to incorporate a local theme across the board in the business. A connection with the local community extends beyond the name on a label. Nearly 95 percent of the corn and rye and 85 percent of the malt used to produce the spirits is purchased from New York State growers. Our goal is to encourage farmers to grow small grains again.