Here's how the BelleWood web site describes the the "farm to glass" distillery tour: "This NEW tour includes a ride through the apple orchard to learn about our agricultural practices and what makes our spirits so special. Tour the distillery to learn the distillation process and enjoy a private tasting."
Here's what the "tour", which costs $10 each, actually entails: Walking into the warehouse where the distillery is housed (and which is visible from large windows next to the bar at no cost) and standing around for an hour listening to the (very engaging) distiller explain the process. You do get a chance to dip your fingers into various vats and taste and the distiller was very interesting, but it's not exactly a tour.
Here's what's NOT included: "a ride through the apple orchard" -- nope, they will charge you $3 extra a head for that, even if you just spent $10 on the tour and another $30 buying liquor. "a private tasting" -- a tasting yes, but it's in the same bar as everyone else can go and you get exactly the same tastings that you can just walk into the place and have for free.
If you are a serious brewing/distilling geek, the $10 might be worth it to be up close and have more time. But virtually everyone else would be better off just sitting at the bar, viewing the equipment from about 10 feet away and enjoying a free tasting while asking your questions of whoever is serving at the bar.
The rest of the place (cafe, store, picnic tables, "train" (ie wooden carts attached to a tractor) to the orchards) is fine, and would make a nice stop if you're in the area, even if only for the stunning view of Mount Baker from the back. But not worth going out of your way for at all.
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