Heading into Stevens Pass on US 20, once you escape the maddening traffic of the Monroe to Gold Bar stretch (the Camino del Muerto to the locals), you come on to Index, about MP 33. Pointy peaks jab at the sky on both sides; the scenery is getting real special real fast. And then you come on to the sign for the Mt. Index Brewery and Distillery.
The liquor production is set in a much more precise pattern: a coffee liquor, a coriander vodka, a gin. Because spirits must be bottled before sale, in bottles with labels approved by the federal regulator, a time-consuming process, the choices will be limited. Beer, going out in kegs, is not so constrained.
Sites like Facebook and Yelp indicate that this combo is open seven days a week, but that is a glitch in the sites. The brewery side is only open Thursdays through Sundays; it is just the distillery that is open M-T-W. So I wasn't able to get a taste of beer on a Tuesday afternoon, but I'll save that pleasure for another time.
The distillery is pictured at the right.