The Seattle Westland is arguably one of the most progressive in the United States, as they’ve created some forward-thinking whiskies since they started distilling in 2010. For instance, they’ve been among the first to produce and champion American single malts, a style that’s common in Scotland and differs from bourbon because it’s made from barley instead of corn. They also like to play around with aging whiskey in barrels made from unusual wood. It’s not surprising, then, that you’ll find some creative flourishes when you visit the distillery, which is located on an industrial strip of the city’s SoDo district a few blocks from the Starbucks HQ and next door to Seapine Brewing. Tours of the 13,0000-square-foot facility, which includes a massive barrel room, are offered by appointment. Or just swing by and hunker down in the Cantilever Room, an airy, high-ceilinged yet cozy tasting room that doubles as a bar where it’s easy to spot locals hanging out. They serve a menu of snacks made by local producers as well as cocktails and, of course, whiskey flights. One of the most talked-about item is the cocktail flight, which includes small pours of three different cocktails, each made with the whiskey distilled on the premises, and a pour of whiskey, neat. There’s a retail space that stocks whiskeys and all kinds of Westland items. (Tartan blanket, anyone?) And as an added bonus: every flight comes with a $10 voucher you can use towards purchasing a bottle.