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Blue Ox Private Label Whiskey Release




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Alderbrook Resort & Spa and Seattle’s OOLA Distillery Launch

Exclusive Prohibition-Inspired Whiskey

Blue Ox Blended Whiskey combines right high rye Canadian Whiskey, deep Highland Scotch, and sweet American Bourbon mash bill.

UNION, Wash. – (Jan. 24, 2017) – Alderbrook Resort & Spa, nestled two hours from Seattle on the shores of the Hood Canal, recently launched an exclusive whiskey produced by OOLA Distillery, which celebrates the property’s historic ties throughout the region. The private label whiskey, named Blue Ox Blended Whiskey, will be available as part of a whiskey flight year-round, can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a cocktail in The Restaurant or bar, or purchased at the resort in 350 mL and 750 mL sizes.

The 94-proof blended whiskey was inspired by the Prohibition, when gentlemen and ladies left their inhibitions at the door to drink and dance the night away at The Blue Ox dance hall, which was located on Hood Canal’s Highway 106, and opened by a former Seattle policeman-turned-bootlegger and named after Paul Bunyan’s companion.

“Alderbrook was first established in 1913 and was a popular destination for artists throughout the Prohibition era,” says Alderbrook Resort & Spa General Manager Shaun Tucker. “We always look for ways to celebrate our rich history and the story of these bootleggers finding respite at The Blue Ox seemed like the perfect idea to craft a whiskey around.”

Combining high rye Canadian Whiskey, deep Highland Scotch, and sweet American Bourbon mash bill, Blue Ox offers a unique flavor profile with a whiff of smoke coupled with sweet sea brine on the nose, complex mid-palate notes of spicy clove and cinnamon, and a rich, ripe candied stone fruit and pear finish. Production for Blue Ox Blended Whiskey begins with the Highland Scotch and Canadian Whiskey filling American Oak barrels for up to one year of additional aging. The trio of whiskeys are influenced by the American Oak, which contributes to the beautiful balance created by OOLA’s Head Distiller.

“The Whiskeys we use in Blue Ox are top representations of their respective styles,” says Kirby Kallas-Lewis, founder and head distiller at OOLA Distillery, which is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. “The goal was to create something that excels beyond the individual components – the sum is definitely greater than the parts in this well-balanced spirit.”

To learn more about Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s exclusive Blue Ox Blended Whiskey, visit or For bottle shots and logos, contact

About Alderbrook Resort & Spa:
Alderbrook Resort & Spa evokes the calming spirit of the Hood Canal. Less than two hours west of Seattle, yet a world away from the everyday, the Resort is nestled on the scenic south shore of Hood Canal and is ideal for a getaway or conference retreat. Featuring 77 luxury guest rooms and 16 private one and two-bedroom cottages, Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s thoughtfully appointed amenities include premium linens, soaking tubs, a world-class full-service spa, a waterfront saltwater pool, and a welcoming stone fireplace and library in the lobby, as well as access to over three miles of exclusive guest hiking trails, the 54-foot luxury Lady Alderbrook cruise boat, the Hood Canal Marina and a neighboring PGA-class golf course and clubhouse. Named in the “Top 100 Best in the World” hotels by Condé Nast Traveler in January 2014 and ranking number one of 10 of Resorts in the Pacific Northwest by Condé Nast Traveler in November 2013, the Resort also houses The Restaurant at Alderbrook, which specializes in the region’s best local ingredients and world-class wines. For more information, please visit

About OOLA Distillery:

Founded in January of 2010, OOLA Distillery was one of the first distilleries to open in Seattle post-Prohibition. Located in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, OOLA produces small, handcrafted batches of premium spirits. Alongside OOLA Distillery’s production facility is the tasting room with bottles available for purchase. OOLA Distillery produces small, hand-crafted batches of Gins, Vodkas, Whiskeys. This is the real deal—spirits made with a sense of place and a connection to the people who grew the raw ingredients and the man who coaxed them into their more spirited forms—gins in which you can taste the botanicals, distinctive vodkas, and whiskeys that are flavorful and smooth. For more information, please visit




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