The Old Ballard Liquor Co. is an artisan nano-distillery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Paying homage to the area's history as a Scandinavian fishing and blue collar neighborhood, our focus is on forgotten and neglected traditional old-fashioned liquors and liqueurs. We produce high quality products that are approachable and pragmatic. Our products rotate and change with the seasons, and there's always something new to try in our tasting room.

We're really busy these days. So busy in fact, that we don't have a lot of time to make a fancy website! We encourage you to check out our Facebook Page for the latest announcements and information. It's open to everyone, so you don't need an account to view it. Also feel free to stop by the shop to say hello, try some booze, or just check out the operation.


- The Team at Old Ballard Liquor Co.

Currently on the Shelf

Bounce - Aged Liqueur, based on 200 year old heritage recipes
Cherry Bounce 2012 - Golden/Amber color, notes of maple, caramel, and tart fruit. Made in July 2012.
Cherry Bounce 2013 - Dark Red color, strong cherry pie and honey. Made in July 2013.
Bourbon Barreled Bounce - Aged in a used Oola Bourbon Barrel. Less sweet, higher proof and has a subtle bourbon-vanilla note.
Well Vodka
Raspberry Vodka - Slightly hot, made from Skagit Valley raspberries.
Riktig Aquavit - Classic Norwegian-style Scandinavian liquor flavored with caraway and spices, then aged on local alder. No licorice.
Clear Brandy (Eau de Vie)
Cherry Brandy - Distilled from leftover boozey cherry pressings, this is an earthy-fruity cross between a Cherry Grappa and a Kirschwasser.
Pumpkin Brandy - Yes, you read that right. Clear brandy. Made from pumpkins and brown sugar. Tastes like tequila-soaked carrot cake.

Upcoming Liquors

Late Fall/Winter Vodkas:
Pumpkin & Brown Sugar
Älskar Aquavit - Citron flavored aquavit with notes of caraway and spices, for oyster and mussel pairing.

Out of Season Liquors (check back next year)

Skagit Valley Strawberry Vodka (July/Aug)- Vodka distilled from heirloom Hood Strawberries from Mount Vernon
Raspberry Brandy (Aug/Sep) - European style clear brandy distilled from Skagit Valley Raspberries. Rich and hot, with spice, Jam, and Black Tea notes.
Distilled Blend - Sour Cherry & Strawberry, blended before distillation. Very neutral.
Sour Cherry Distilled - Complex and savory, with a subtle nutty, umami flavor. Best in Bloody Marys.
Corn Distilled - Very neutral and a just a touch sweet. Great for mixing.
Melange Vodka - distilled from mixed dregs including potato, pumpkin, strawberry, corn and cherry.

Current Specials

SAILOR'S SPECIAL: 10% off for maritime workers with a TWIC Card or recent paystub from vessel employment

SCANDIHOOVIAN SPECIAL: 10% off for Scandinavian Language Speakers

Payment Types Accepted

No Cash or checks (sorry!)
Credit/Debit Cards accepted: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Winter Hours

October 1 - May 30

NOTE: CLOSED April 9-14. Sorry!

3pm - 7pm
3pm - 7pm
3pm - 7pm

Contact & Location

4421 Shilshole Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107


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In Bottles
All products can be purchased at the distillery. We have Full Size Bottles and 50ml Nips.
(Bounce, Aquavit, Vodka)Ballard Liquor Store
(Bounce, Aquavit, Vodka Nips)Crown Hill Liquor and Wine
(Bounce, Aquavit)Ken's Phinney Ridge Market
(Bounce, Aquavit, Vodka)Wine World
(Bounce, Aquavit)Downtown Spirits
(Bounce, Aquavit, Vodka, Nips)Bob's Lake City Liquors
(Bounce, Aquavit)Capco Beverages West Seattle
(Bounce, Aquavit)Capco Beverages Issaquah
(Bounce, Aquavit)Cleaview Liquor and Wine
(Bounce)Back Porch Spirits Everett
Shipping: Please see the FAQ tab for instructions.
In Glasses
Tom Douglas Restaurants: Etta's, Serious Pie, Palace Kitchen, Seatown, Brave Horse Tavern, Tanakasan
Ballard: Bad Albert's, Zayda Buddy's, The Ballard Station, The Bridge Cafe, The Bal-Mar, Volterra, The LockSpot, Brimmer & Heeltap, Hattie's Hat
Downtown: The Columbia Tower Center Club, Von's 1000 Spirits, Local 360
George and Martha
2 Parts Rye Whiskey
1 Part 2012 Cherry Bounce
Dash Cherry or Orange Bitters
Garnish with an orange peel twist
Cherry Kir
Add a splash of 2013 Cherry Bounce to champagne or sparkling white wine
Ballard Standard
Shot of Caraway Aquavit served with a Budweiser chaser
Ballard Fancy
1 Part 2012 Cherry Bounce
1 Part Riktig Aquavit
Splash of Ginger Beer
Norwegian Blonde
Juice of 1/2 lemon + simple syrup to taste (sub good quality lemonade) to equal 4 oz
4 large springs fresh dill, chopped roughly
2 oz Riktig Aquavit
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake HARD. Strain into a glass and serve with a garnish of fresh dill sprig.
Knotty Viking
Lime Wedge
Splash Simple Syrup
Dry Cucumber Soda
Cucumber slice (for garnish)
2 oz Riktig Aquavit
Muddle the lime, Aquavit and simple syrup with ice. Top with Dry Cucumber soda and garnish with a cucumber slice.
What is Old Ballard?
Old Ballard is the historic portion of the Ballard Neighborhood of Seattle. More importantly, it's a culture. Old Ballard embodies midcentury Scandinavian-American Blue-Collar values like simplicity, honesty, pragmatism, hard work, and humility. Also drinking and fighting, but we don't fight much these days.
Do you make Whiskey?
NO. We think there's enough out there already. Try something else for a change.
Do you distill all of your own products?
All of our clear liquors are distilled in house. Infused products like liqueurs are made with purchased spirits, since our tiny still can't produce enough to do both.
Do you ship products?
Yes. We can ship to other licensed liquor establishments like stores and restaurants. Consumers: contact your local liquor store to place a special order. On-Premise Licensees: Please send us an email with your inquiry.
Aquavit? What's the deal?
Aquavit (AH-kwa-veet or AH-ka-veet) is a caraway-flavored Scandinavian shooter meant to be paired with food. Different Aquavits are paired with different seasonal foods, and in 2014 we will be releasing Aquavits especially meant for March/April (Påsk, oyster pairing) and June (Midsommar, shellfish pairing) feasts, in addition to our existing December offering: Riktig Aquavit (Jul, rich meat pairing). Also, we always have simple, traditional Aquavit glasses on hand for purchase.
Cherry Bounce? What's the story?
Cherry Bounce is an old-fashioned, aged sour-cherry liqueur inspired by Colonial American recipes. A close cousin to Guignolet and Cherry Heering, it's rich and flavorful without being syrupy or overly sweet. Each year's vintage is a little different so if you like it, be sure to note the year and batch number on the back of each bottle. We're proud to be the only American distiller making authentic Cherry Bounce.
Do you have a mailing list?
Not right now. Check our Facebook page for product releases and updates.
Do you offer tours?
Yes! Please call ahead or email to schedule. It's a small space, so maximum size is 10 people per group.
Do you offer workshops?
We can offer workshops and education on a limited basis. Please contact us for more information.