Whidbey Island Distillery is a family owned business run by three generations of the Heising family. We set out in 2009 to make a world class spirit right here on Washington’s own Whidbey Island, and in September 2011 we sold the first bottle of our Loganberry Liqueur.
Beverly Heising – While Steve takes on the roll of Master Distiller, Beverly runs the day-to-day operations. Having been involved with several businesses throughout her career, she’s the perfect person to make sure the complicated ins-and-outs of the business are running smoothly.
Steve Heising – Steve’s interest in distilling began while growing up overseas helping his dad make rum. Then, after a career in lasers, optics and defense programs, his passion was reignited, allowing him to combine his interest in distilling with his skills as an engineer to develop a unique distilling system: the Heising 330.
Jim Heising – Jim has run his own successful start up for years and is responsible for the label design, website and lends his artistic and technical skill to the business. His talent for business development with his own company, Red Foundry, has helped the distillery grow beyond the Whidbey Island area.
Kris Heising – (not pictured) Kris lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife Valerie. They are partners in the business and lend their expertise from time to time.
Whidbey Island Distillery Farm and Bunker – the Heisings bought 9 acres of beautiful Whidbey Island hillside in 2009. They renovated existing buildings to include a distillery building (the “bunker”), a residence (the “Bunk House”), a tasting room, and other multi-use buildings on the property.
You never know who you’ll meet at Whidbey Island Distillery. You might run into one, or all, of us, the Heising kids playing on the farm…
… Or you might even get to see an impromptu concert from some of the islands musicians, as well as visiting artists from around the country!
Be sure to stop by and visit us on your next trip to Whidbey Island!