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December 8, 2017

A bog near Olympia may be craft whiskey's next frontier

By GENE JOHNSON
Associated Press

Matt Hofmann walks along a small brown pond, the earth of its bank springing underfoot like a muddy mattress.

The ground is, in fact, floating. It's a peat bog on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and it's from here that Hofmann, the co-founder of Seattle's Westland Distillery, is taking an unusual step for America's booming spirits industry: making a whiskey whose “terroir” literally involves local dirt.


 
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