Bastille Introduces “Meet the Producer” Happy Hour

Photo credit to Captivespiritsdistilling – Captive Spirits Distilling Launches Series on May 7

SEATTLE, WA – On Monday, May 7, Bastille welcomes Ben Capdevielle, co-owner and distiller of Captive Spirits Distilling for the first in a series of interactive “Meet the Producer” Happy Hours.

Ballard-based Captive Spirits, proud makers of Big Gin, is a partnership between friends, including long time Bastille employee, Holly Robinson. The Seattle Gin Society sponsored GINvitational took place over the weekend. Big Gin was named “Best NW Gin” and awarded second place overall, behind Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength London Dry Gin that took first place. Pretty cool!

“We are super excited for Holly and Ben,” says James Lechner, GM of Bastille. “Big Gin is a great product, and we’re stoked to have it behind the bar – people who’ve had it are anxiously anticipating the June 1 public launch date!”

This special happy hour will take place in the front bar area from 4:30pm – 6pm.  Barman Erik Carlson will create two special cocktails that featuring Big Gin, one shaken and one stirred for $8 each. Capdevielle will be on hand to talk distilling, Big Gin and anything else that might pop-up.

Chef Jason Stoneburner will be making a Big Gin and Lamplong Peppercorn Mignonette to accompany the $1 Hama Hama oysters. He will also be offing a Big Gin cured Wild King Salmon for $3.

Future “Meet the Producer” Happy Hours will include winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans.  Each happy hour will showcase specific products and have them available for guests to enjoy. A representative will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about their area of expertise and passion.  New producers are being confirmed daily, and the goal is to makes this a weekly event.

Save the Date:
May 14 – Winemaker Anna Shafer of àMaurice Cellars
May 21 – Winemaker Tim Sorenson of Fall Line Winery
June 11 – Steven Stone of Sound Spirits
June 18 – Erik Chapman of Sun Liquor Distillery
July 12 – Special Thursday “Meet the Producers” with Benjamin Jones, owner of Rhum JM and Clement Rhum Agricole
July 16 Dragos Axinte of Novo Fogo

Captive Spirits Distilling began as an idea between Ben Capdevielle and Todd Leabman over four years ago. Through ample research, several experimental batches, and a few broken stills, Big Gin came to life in March 2012. Big Gin is an English dry gin with a pepper edge and a savory botanical build. Beginning June 1, Big Gin will be available to the general public at the Ballard-based Captive Spirits distillery. To learn more, visit

Opened in June of 2009 and housed in an historic 1920’s building in Seattle’s Old Ballard neighborhood, Bastille Café & Bar is a bustling homage to a Parisian brasserie. Owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann scoured Paris flea markets and local salvage stores for vintage accessories to create a truly authentic feel. From the white subway tiles, antique mirrors, and Paris Metro clock to the zinc-topped bar and stunning crystal chandelier that takes center stage in the Back Bar; they’ve truly hit the mark. 

Chef Jason Stoneburner creates French focused cuisine inspired by the abundance of seasonal product found locally—and it doesn’t get any more local than the restaurants 4500-square-foot organic rooftop garden.  The wine list is French focused with a smattering of NW wines and the bar offers an extensive collection of absinthe. Bastille is open 4:30pm to 12am Sunday through Wednesday and until 2am Thursday through Saturday. Dinner is served from 5:30pm to 10pm Sunday thru Thursday and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.  

Brunch is served Sunday from 10am – 3pm. Happy Hour is daily from 4:30pm – 6pm and from 10pm to 12am Sunday thru Thursday.  Bastille is available for private parties. For more information or reservations, call 206.453.5014 or visit

Bastille Café & Bar is located at 5307 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle, Washington.

Written by Captain Cook

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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