Unlike many new whiskey makers, Wanderback Whiskey Co. founder Phil Downer celebrates the fact that there are no imminent plans in place to build his own distilling facility. Instead, he partners with some of the most well-respected names in the industry to create a product that is—in true Pacific Northwest stye—centered on collaboration.
Wanderback’s production method explores a unique twist on the long-standing tradition in the whiskey business of independent bottling. Instead of searching for whiskey casks post-production, Phil runs a kinetic trial-and-error process to create his desired grain bill and mash recipe. The whiskey is then mashed, fermented, and distilled at a partner distillery before being transferred to a family farm in Hood River, Oregon where it is barrel-aged, finished, blended, and bottled. Wanderback's distillery partner for Batch No. 1 and No. 2 was Westland Distillery in Seattle, WA.