Revered as one of the top craft distilleries in America, Woodinville is more than just a whiskey. It is the story of two best friends with one dream.

Creation date: 2010
Co-founders: Orlin Sorensen & Brett Carlile
Head office: Woodinville Whiskey Co., 14509 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Website: www.woodinvillewhiskeyco.com


The story of Woodinville doesn’t begin with a 100-year-old recipe or generations of family distillers. It begins with two best friends and a dream.

The dream is to make the greatest craft whiskey in the world by bringing the time-honored traditions of bourbon production into a craft environment — using the highest quality locally grown grains, the best barrels and coopers in the world, the most technologically advanced distilling equipment, and the mentorship of the late, great, industry icon, David Pickerell.

And while the story is still unfolding, after being awarded “Craft Whiskey of the Year” and “Craft Rye Whiskey of the Year”, two years in a row by the American Distilling Institute and being named “Best Straight Bourbon Whiskey of 2020” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, things are headed in the right direction.

Orlin Sorensen & Brett Carlile © Woodinville


Every step of Woodinville’s production is done entirely by hand from cooking of the mash to bottling the whiskey. All of the grain is grown by the Omlin family on their small, 3rd generation family farm in Quincy, Washington.

Brett Carlile © Woodinville


Brett Carlile © Woodinville

“By sourcing our grain directly from one small farm and producing our products entirely by hand, we have control over every step of the production process. This ensures the utmost quality and consistency in every barrel of Woodinville that we produce.”

Key figures

  • 7 barrels of whiskey handcrafted per day
  • 1,320 Gallon Handmade Pot Still
  • 2 Best Friends co-founders