A complete list of distilleries open to the public in the Portland area.
What else are you going to do in this heat? It’s time to hit the tasting rooms!
Portland is a mecca for micro-brews, artisan coffee roasting, chocolatiers, pizza, bread, pastries and more. Oregon also has an established wine industry and an agrarian economy for ingredients that are just meant to be distilled. There are plenty of local fresh fruits for brandies, grains for whiskey and vodkas, and nuts and herbs for seasonings. Along with a booming restaurant and bar scene, including several nationally leading bartenders committed to crafting quality cocktails, it makes sense that Portland has a growing handcrafted, small batch distillery scene as well. Oregon boasts dozen distilleries, with at least eight in Portland. Some are new and tiny, only producing a few cases of any spirit at a time, while others are internationally known and distributed.
We even have our own “Distillery Row“, a small area of Southeast where many of them are located. This makes it easy to jump from one tasting room to another to compare different products. Just make sure to bring a designated driver.
Hunting these small batch beverages by the glass or bottle can be a chore. Most provide “where to find” sections on their websites, and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has a handy search feature on their website: OregonLiquorSearch.com
Aria Portland Dry Gin
Aria Portland Dry Gin is distilled by hand using traditional British ingredients and distillation techniques. It is true to the London dry style. The list of ingredients is impressive: juniper, coriander, angelica root, orange peel, lemon peel, cassia bark, cardamom, grains of paradise, orris root (iris) and cubeb berry. I hadn’t heard of it either, so –
“Also known as Cubeb, Tailed Pepper, and False Pepper. The cubeb plant originally comes from Indonesia, but is now grown in many parts of Asia. The cubeb plant is a perennial that grows tall—up to 20 feet high. It grows well in the shade and is often found near coffee bushes where it can be protected from the sun. The leaves are oval-shaped and green in color. The fruit is brown and round and grows from the small flowers of the plant. Its spicy, peppery flavor makes it a popular additive to Asian food and gin.”
Aria Dry Gin is full-bodied and boldly aromatic. Juniper is up front—obvious on the first nosing and initially on the palate. Underneath the juniper, layers of bright citrus, earthy undertones, floral highlights and subtle spicy notes reveal themselves, both on the nose and palate, though none are overpowering. All of the layers of flavor are balanced. The pristine Bull Run water used to cut Aria after distillation provides a rich, creamy mouth-feel. The finish is long and soft.
2304 NW Savier St., Portland OR. 97210 (Martin Ryan Distilling Co.)
Tasting room: Wed – Sun 12 pm – 6 pm.
Big Bottom Distilling
Upstart Big Bottom in Hillsboro makes Gin, Brandy and a line of “independently bottled” whiskeys. From the Big Bottom Website:
In the initial years, the company primarily focused on merchant bottling of bourbons along with specialty finished bourbons such as the multiple awards winning Port Cask Finished Bourbon. In 2013, Big Bottom released its brother brand, Calhoun Bros. Adventure Spirits. Under that brand, the first whiskey pouch in the US market was introduced along with a traditional Aged Rum. The company expanded its operation in 2014, as they began to distill their own spirits in addition to aging, blending, finishing, and bottling their sourced whiskeys and aged rum. In 2015, Big Bottom Whiskey officially transitioned to Big Bottom Distilling, as they begin to release their own line of distilled products that include gins, rums, brandies and whiskeys. They will continue to offer their exclusive Warehouse Series- a boutique line of limited production spirits only available through the Big Bottom tasting room.
Their Oregon Gin, first released in 2015, is an intense 16 botanical formula. Their Barlow Port Cask Fish whiskey, continues the company’s tradition of wine cask finishing, this time using a Tawny Port Cask for 6 months. This results in a fresh hit of ripe berries with hints of peppery spice, then rounding out into a smooth, rich finish from the Port Casks. Barlow Trail, Port Finished Blended Whiskey won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Great American Spirits Festival and a Silver Medal at the 2015 American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA)Awards. It also came in First Place for 2015 Best of the NW: Sip NW Spirits Competition for Best Whiskey.
21420 NW Nicholas Ct #9, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Saturdays 12-4, other times by appointment
Bull Run Distilling Co.
Bull Run Distilling Company was founded by acclaimed Portland distiller, Lee Medoff, and business partner Patrick Bernards in the spring of 2010. What began as a “what if” conversation over cocktails a few years ago evolved into a full-on crusade in 2010.
So what’s next? “It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves a little higher and get to work making distinctive provenance-based rums and whiskey – and a lot of it,” says Co-founder and Head Distiller Lee Medoff, referring to the goal of producing 3,000 bottles a week of high quality, craft spirits. And Mr. Medoff has wasted no time as Bull Run’s distillery is now producing a range of spirits. The company’s Medoyeff Vodka was designed for sipping, and retains that velvety full mouth feel and slightly sweet undertones found in many small batch Russian vodkas. Other products include Bull Run’s “Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon Whiskeys”, Pacific Rum, Aria Portland Dry Gin, and, arriving in 2015, Bull Run’s Very Own Straight “Oregon” Whiskey, meaning distilled using local water and grains, aged in the unique Oregon climate.
A great destination to taste terrific spirits, Bull Run Distillery is located at 2259 NW Quimby Street adjacent to Portland’s popular Northwest 23rd Avenue, with a plethora of great shopping, restaurants and bars where you can sample Bull Run spirits. They are open Wednesday – Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm (21 and older only).
2259 NW Quimby St, Portland OR. 97210 Map
Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Clear Creek Distillery
One of the oldest and best known of the Portland artisan distilleries, Clear Creek has a reputation for outstanding, high quality Eau de vies, grappas, brandy, and fruit liquors for the simple reason that they do not compromise on ingredients, production or taste. Founder Steve McCarthy started Clear Creek about 25 years ago as a way to showcase our region’s bounty of fruit. Back in 1991, The New York Times caught on, stating this was the best fruit brandy being produced in the U.S., with the writer Eric Asimov echoing the same sentiments again in 2007. Clear Creek is probably best known for their award-winning Poir Williams pear brandy, including the flashy pear-in-a-bottle. Yet, their other liquors, such as Framboise, “we aren’t allowed to call it Calvados” apple, and Kirschwasser are equally wonderful. Clear Creek’s Blue Plum brandy is really that Eastern-Euro firewater known as Slivovitz, minus the hangover inducing impurities usually found in the cheaper imported stuff (Editor’s note: Food Dude’s first experience with alcohol was Slivovitz. I was 17 – it was two years before I drank any more alcohol). The unusual and unusually complex Douglas Fir Eau de Vie, may sound like a Pacific NW drunken camping trip gone haywire, but it is actually based on an ancient Alsatian liquor named Eau de Vie Bourgeons de Sapin. As of this writing, Clear Creek also offers not one, but six different Grappas, from those found in Italy, to an Alsatian style Marc, and a Oregon Pinot Noir Grappa. Other items include local fruit liquors ranging from Blackberry, to Pear and even Cassis made from black currents grown in nearby Scio. Clear Creek’s newest project is McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, described on their website as “very peaty” and “Made from peat-malted barley brought in from Scotland; our whiskey would be a single malt Scotch if Oregon were Scotland”. In 2016, Clear Creek Pear Brandy was awarded double-gold at the Denver International Spirits Competition.
Clear Creek Distillery tasting and sales room is open for visitors to drop in Monday through Friday 12 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 6pm They have a wide distribution network locally and nationally, as well as online sales to states that allow it.
Though they do not offer tours, they host an open house twice a year, during which the production area is open to visitors. The distillery staff pours samples next to the stills and gives explanations of the process throughout the day. Check the website for the next open house. The distillery is closed major holidays.
2389 NW Wilson Street, Portland, OR 97210 Map
You can’t drive to Forest Grove and visit them (just yet) but Dogwood’s award winning craft spirits Union Gin, Branch Raw Honey Rye, Haint Absinthe and DL Franklin Vodka deserves a mention for their commitment to quality. Founded in 2010, their Haint Absinthe was the gold medal winner in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Owner and distiller Matt Hottenroth came to Forest Grove based on the city’s reputation for pure water – a distinction that other Forest Grove beverage manufacturers such as SakeOne claim makes a huge difference in the purity and taste of their products. Hottenroth might be new to distilling but he’s no stranger to the Oregon liquor industry. He was a saké brewer at SakeOne, later opening the Cornerstone Bar and Grill, and later, opening the Concordia Ale House, assisting with the Green Dragon, and the now defunct Integrity Spirits. Dogwood is available in many Oregon liquor stores and online national retailers, and the distillery has frequent events and off-site tastings.
1835 19th Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116
No Tasting Room. Check the Dogwood Facebook page for events and off-site tastings.
Eastside is always creating original spirits and expanding their product line. Eastside Distilling was started in Portland, Oregon by Bill Adams and Lenny Gotter, two long-time friends with a passion for distilled spirits and distinguished flavors. The pair started from the ground-up, developing the recipes and company mission in 2008. In November of 2009 their fine, flavored rums (branded as the Below Deck Rum) started to appear on liquor store shelves. Today, Eastside continues its tradition of creating unique and innovative spirits with their award-winning Burnside Bourbon, second-to-none Portland Potato Vodka, Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Marionberry Whiskey, made with real Oregon fruits. Eastside spirits are available for purchase at Eastside Distilling and at a majority of liquor stores in Oregon, and can be found at many bars and restaurants in the Portland area. Tasting rooms have opened at Clackamas Town Center, Washington Square Mall, and Pioneer Square Mall. See website for details.
1512 SE 7th Ave (at Hawthorne), Portland OR. 97214 Map
Monday – Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1805 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland OR 97214
Sunday – Thursday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Flooded Fox Den
Busqueda Aged Rum, Covered Peak Vodka, Dancing Dog Gin and Land Legs Rum make up the offerings at Flooded Fox Den. This family owned and operated distillery in Forest Grove is small, and their products are often hard to locate in stores and bars. However they are worth tracking down. Everything is made in single, small batches with no holds barred commitment to achieving the best in quality. From the Flood Fox Den website, “Each batch uses only the finest, natural ingredients. We refuse to use artificial flavors, coloring, fillers or artificial sweeteners in our products.” As for the name? “When founder Scot Lester first moved to Portland, he discovered a small hole in a steep slope in his backyard. A small fox decided this hole would make a perfect den to raise her future family. Then the rains, that Portland is famous for, came. It turned out the small hole was actually part of the drainage system of the house and would fill the hole with rain water. It was heartbreaking to see the small, wet, dripping fox sitting outside the hole every rain shower waiting for the water to subside. But after every rain the fox happily moved back into the damp den.” That story alone made me want to track them down. As of May 2016, Flooded Fox Den donates 50 cents to the Oregon Humane Society for every bottle of Dancing Dog Gin that is sold.
2331 23rd Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Flooded Fox Den holds frequent tastings throughout the area. Check their website for the latest events.
Now 12 years old, House Spirits’ ambition in the micro distillery world has launched the company into worldwide fame with several features in magazines like GQ and Bon Appetit. What sets them apart from other manufacturers is their commitment to artisan distilling alongside a jet-set cocktail culture mentality; the cocktails at House Spirits often seem to have equal footing with the other items they are made with. Thus, you’ll find House Spirits hosting special cocktail pairing dinners at some of Portland’s finer restaurants, or you may run into them in places as far-flung as New Orleans, New York, or Australia, spreading the word about their unique Northwest/Old World style spirits. As of this writing, House Spirits makes four different varieties, along with limited release lines. Aviation Gin is probably their best known. Created in the “Dutch Gin” style, they describe it as “a botanical democracy of Juniper, Cardamom, Coriander, Lavender, Anise Seed, Sarsaparilla and dried Sweet Orange Peel”. Aquavit is a love-it or hate-it kind of firewater, but the Krogstad Aquavit is more balanced than most, with Star Anise and Caraway. While House Spirits’ releases might be limited to several bottles, it is certainly not limited in variety. Their seasonally released spirits range in production from a few cases to a few pallets. These rare releases are available in Portland, Oregon at the House Spirits Tasting Room. So, the next time you’re on SE Washington St., drop by to see which of these select experiments is on the shelves.
The House Spirits Tasting Room offers a chance to sample all our spirits and browse our barware, books and apparel and ask all sorts of questions relating to the vast world of distilled spirits. Our Tasting Room partners are very knowledgeable and enjoy talking about our history, philosophy, products, cocktails and Portland!
For both out-of-town visitors and Portland locals, a House Spirits Tasting Room visit will give a unique opportunity to experience part of Oregon’s dynamic artisan community. All spirits are available for purchase at the Tasting Room.
Open daily from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tours run daily at 3 PM. An additional tour runs at 1 PM on Saturdays only. The cost of a tour is $20 per head, which includes a full tasting of our award-winning spirits. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to have more than five people in your group for the tour.
65 S.E. Washington Street, Portland, OR 97214 Map
Indio Spirits Inc.
Don’t let its upscale suburban shopping mall location fool you, Indio are serious craft distillers. Award winning Gin, Vodkas, Whiskeys, Rums and Liqueurs. One of the “pioneers” of the craft distilling movement in Oregon, Indio began in 2004 through the foresight and vision of John Ufford, Chairman and CEO. In 2005 Indio brought on Robert G. Turner, a well seasoned spirits industry pro and introduced their Indio Silver Vodka including Marionberry and Lemongrass-Lime Vodkas. In 2006 the company branched out, partnering with the Snake River Stampede Rodeo, to release Snake River Stampede Canadian Whiskey. Since that time, Indio has created a variety of offerings such as Cricket Club gin, and three different rums including a black spiced rum.
7272 SW Durham Rd #100, Portland, OR 97224
Phone: (503) 620-0313
Hours: Thu 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fri 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sat 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Industrial Row Distillery
Small but mighty and focused, Industrial Row came on the scene in 2011. With a clear vision and passion, they released Dystopia Vodka. What sets Industrial Row apart from the other vodka producing hordes? They say, “Dystopia is the only vodka in the world with true character, and one of the only craft vodkas that is not made using industrial neutral grain spirits (think tanker truck).” Industrial Row is using a blend of locally sourced grains from the legendary Bob’s Red Mill. Expect no marketing trickery: it’s mashed, fermented and bottled in-house. The tasting room, which is located in NE Portland near the Moda Center and major freeways, is light and open, and a nice place to end or start a Portland distillery tasting tour.
645 N Tillamook St #3, Portland, OR 97277
Phone: (503) 893-4730
Tasting room open Sat 1-5 pm
Love ’em or loathe them, McMenamins is a unique Oregon institution and empire. Most known for their historic renovations of buildings like music and film theaters, county workhouses, funeral parlors, hotels, and brew pubs, McMenamins has been distilling whiskey, brandy, and gin since 1998. Their Edgefield Distillery is located just outside of Portland at their sprawling Edgefield Hotel near the airport. It is one of the most accessible of the region’s distilleries for show and tell. From the Edgefield website, “With glass in hand while standing behind a wall of ornate etched glass, visitors can watch our 12-foot-high, gleaming copper-and-stainless-steel still in full swing. It resembles a hybrid of a 19th-century diving suit and over-sized coffee urn, a design made famous by Holstein of Germany.” Their Hogshead Whiskey is neither a straight Scotch, Bourbon or Irish Whiskey style, but a signature hybrid of their own. It is a smoky amber whiskey with a fair wallop of barley. Their Penney’s Gin is English style flavors such as juniper berry, citrus and cardamom, while Professor’s Gin is more spicy and herbal in nature. Brandies include Pear, an aged oak Edgefield, and their Longshot Brandy made with the estate’s own Syrah grapes. Edgefield is also making Three Rocks Rum from a molasses rich sugar, fermented and double-distilled before being aged for two years in used Hogshead Whiskey and port barrels. Even a coffee Liqueur is in the lineup, made from house-roasted beans. If you are on the west side, try the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery. “Explore the former granary barn constructed by the Imbrie family in the 1850s, and known today as one of two McMenamins’ distilleries. Its crowning glory is a century-old, 160-gallon Alambic Charentais pot still. It once sat in an old barn in Cognac, France, and came here in 2011. This copper beauty sits atop bricks recycled from Edgefield, Kennedy School and the Crystal Hotel.”
The distillery is open to the public, and their spirits can be purchased at Edgefield by the bottle or other select McMenamins locations. Tours Monday – Sunday at 2 p.m.
McMenamins Edgefield Distillery.com
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery.com
2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, OR 97060 Map
New Deal Distillery
Another company that launched in 2004, New Deal makes two products: vodkas and their Loft brand liquors. New Deal Vodka is extremely smooth and clean, while their Portland 88 is described as, “like New Deal Vodka’s younger cousin with a mustache and a Camaro. Its 88-proof recipe delivers a swift kick for those who like to taste the drink in their drink. Refreshing and crisp, it holds up to bold mixers, but it’s perfectly at home straight over ice with a twist of lemon – albeit a big, manly, behemoth twist of lemon.” Witty. Other vodkas include the Portland 88, Hot Monkey Mud Puddle, Mudpuddle Vodka, Gin No. 1, Portland Dry Gin, Recipe 33, Ginger Liqueur and Coffee Liqueur. For Tom and Matthew of New Deal, craft distilling is about creating unique spirits and getting to know their fans one drink at a time.
To top it all off, New Deal offers a “Distiller’s Workshop Series”, a small-batch, limited release line where you’ll find small-batch rums, white dogs, moonshine and other specialty craft spirits. All New Deal spirits, including seasonal and limited-run products are available for tastings and purchase at the tasting room.
“Come in for a tour of the distillery to find out what our Master Distillers have been up to and take a peek (or, sip) of what New Deal has in the works. If you plan on bringing a large group in for a tour and tasting please call the Distillery to schedule your visit.”
New Deal Distillery Tasting Room & Store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check the website for holiday hours.
900 SE Salmon St., Portland 97214., Portland, OR 97214 Map
Ransom Wines & Spirits
Ransom Wines & Spirits started planting their own barley in 2008. It is located in the foothills of the coastal mountain range, and was certified organic in 2011. Spirits are distilled in a direct-fired French alembic pot still. They make all of the selective cuts by taste and smell alone. “This labor intensive, traditional method of distillation retains greater aromatic intensity and body from the raw materials we select with such great care. We mash and ferment our base wort on site weekly in small batches, sourcing local and organic grains where possible and incorporating barley grown on our own farm. Our gins include the finest natural botanicals, many of which are Organically grown in Oregon.” Check out their vermouth, which is considered by many to be one of the best in the nation, and their Emerald 1865 Straight American Whiskey received a double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
You can’t tour the distillery itself, but you can visit the tasting room in McMinnville.
525 NE Third Street, McMinnville OR.
The tasting room in McMinnville is open Thurs – Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm.
These microbrew masters might be best known for their Dead Guy Ale and Shakespeare Stout, but they’ve produced spirits since 2003. While their original distillery is on the rocky coast of Newport, Oregon, their Portland micro-micro distillery is the first in the state to produce rums. Varieties include White, Dark and a Hazelnut Spice. Many have won silver and gold awards at world liquor competitions. Their dark rum is a favorite and described accurately by Rogue as a deep amber color with toffee, stemmy oak and nutmeg aromas….Finishes with a nutty, spicy fade and peppery alcohol.” Branching out from rums, the company also produces Dead Guy Whiskey, an Oregon Single Malt Whiskey and two types of gin: Pink Gin is highly flavored. Aging in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels gives it hue and a fruity quality, along with a bounty of flavors including spruce, cucumber, orange peel, angelica, coriander, orris root, juniper berries and several other ingredients. The Spruce Gin contains 14 different ingredients as well, but spruce dominates.
The Portland Distillery, located inside their Portland Flanders St. Pub, was where they first started tinkering with spirits in 2003. It is also the first rum distillery in the State of Oregon. The distillery produces: Dark and Hazelnut Spice rums from 100% Hawaiian Cane Sugar. Tours are given daily at 5:00pm.
The Rogue House of Spirits in Newport, Oregon opened for business on June 10th, 2006. Additionally, House of Spirits on the Oregon coast is one of the first distillery pubs in America producing award winning Rums, Gin, Vodka and Whiskey. Spectacular views of the Yaquina Bay marina, bridge and Pacific Ocean are showcased from our Newport distillery. A full selection of Rogue’s award winning spirits are available in cocktails and bottles to go. House of spirits has a limited food menu , as well as wine, ales, porters, stouts and lagers. Tours are available daily at 4:00 pm.
1339 Northwest Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209 Map
Rolling River Spirits
“Rolling River Spirits is a Portland, Oregon based family-owned and operated business producing handcrafted organic spirits from still to bottle. We use the freshest organic ingredients such as wheat in our vodka and will do the same when crafting our future production of whiskey. We are currently working on our organic certification.” Rolling River is quickly making a name for themselves with three flavors of Aquavit: Ole Bjørkevoll with fresh dill, dill seed, fennel, caraway and juniper, the second Bjørkevoll’s Holiday featuring caraway, fennel, cardamom, allspice and cinnamon, and Stilar Limited Series Aquavit #1 Caraway. In addition, master distiller Tim Rickard has worked with Portland Coava Coffee Roasters to create a coffee distilled spirit. Of course Rolling River also has a pure grain Vodka and a Gin.
Tasting Room Hours: Friday – Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment
Rolling River Spirits
1215 SE 8th Ave suite H, Portland OR 97214 Map
Stone Barn Brandyworks
Founded by Sebastian and Erika Degens, Stone Barn Brandyworks makes hand-crafted brandies, whiskeys and liqueurs from Oregon and Pacific Northwest fruits and grains that are both characteristic of their origin and distinctive to their variety, grower or vintner. They are working to produce both traditional and uniquely creative products, with a commitment to excellence and a direct connection to their community of customers & suppliers. Stone Barn offers a wide variety of spirits, including the classic Bartlett (Williams) Pear Brandy, Nocino (green walnut liqueur) Quince Liqueur (my favorite) Oregon Blush Rhubarb Liqueur, Comice Pear Brandy from EZ Orchards, Biggs Junction Apricot Liqueur, their own port, Red Wing Coffee Liqueur, Cranberry Liqueur, and other seasonal favorites. Their barrel aged whiskey line extends from Straight Rye to 100% Oat, with some releases featuring spelt, dark roasted barley malt, and wheat. They also have an Oregon grown Bourbon aging in their barrel room which should be ready in 2017.
Stone Barn’s tasting room is typically open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday with other days and evenings by appointment 503-341-2227. Please check their website for specific hours. If you have a group of five or more, please call ahead. Some Stone Barn products are also now available on-line and can be mailed to most states! Please go to Ezras or High Spirits for ordering information.
3315 SE 19th, Suite B, Portland, OR. 97202 Map
Thomas & Sons Distillery
Thomas & Sons is the distilled spirits project from Townshend’s Tea Company. Everything is distilled from tea and sugar – nothing artificial. Their offerings include Sweet Tea Liquor, Smoke Tea, Spice Tea, Bitter Tea, and other botanical spirits. Crafting everything in-house from scratch ingredients, Thomas & Sons offers inventive additions to the worlds of both tea and craft spirits.
The Thomas & Sons tasting room is located inside their main distillery operation. Come enjoy their full line of spirits, including limited releases and seasonal offerings.
The Thomas & Sons tasting room is located inside the main distillery operation, and is open Thursday – Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
4211 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202 Map
Park at 4245 SE Milwaukie Ave. (Brew Dr. Kombucha) and follow signs for Thomas & Sons.
Tualatin Valley Distilling
Whiskeys, Brandy, Absinthe and the addition of Morewood’s Usquebaugh, an historical farmhouse spirit popular in the British Isles furing the 16th and 17th centuries. Usuebaugh is described as the precursor to Whiskey and is a grain neutral spirit with spices and botanicals, vibrant and complex. According to Tualatin Valley, “Proofed at 92.75 (46.375% alcohol by volume) this farmhouse spirit presents a visible saffron color and predominant flavor on the front of the palate, then transforms into a complex balances of anise, citrus, and savory Fall spice notes. While we find Morewood’s Usquebaugh to be easily consumed as-is, following Morewood’s own recommendation to serve with “the finest lump sugar” provides a lovely sweeter approach to the drink. Likewise, we recommend the spirit be consumed around 60-64ºf to maintain an authentic approach; though a few ice cubes can also help adjust the flavor for your own palate.” In addition to an Absinthe and Brandy, Tualatin also produces single malt and blended American Whiskeys.
21420 NW Nicholas Ct #8, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone: (949) 212-6900
Vinn Distillery is a family-owned company located just south of Portland in Wilsonville, with their new Tasting Room now opened in Distillery Row. Vinn Distillery exclusively produces and bottles rice-based spirits from recipes that have been passed down for over seven generations.
All of their spirits are handcrafted in small batches – the way their ancestors taught them. The meaning of Vinn is “infinite” and is the shared middle name of the five Ly children. Since they products are made entirely from rice, they have the added benefit of being gluten-free. They are currently producing Baijiu Vodka, Mijiu Fire, and Mijiu Ice.
The tasting room is open Thursday and Friday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
833 SE Main St., Suite 125, Portland, 97214 Map
Wild Roots Vodka
Wild Roots Vodka uses all natural ingredients. No artificial fruit flavors, no artificial colors. Instead, everything is naturally infused. Each bottle starts with a five-time distilled and five-time filtered grain-based vodka, infused with over a pound of natural locally grown fruit. Try the Washington apple & cinnamon, or the Oregon Marionberry.
The Wild Roots tasting room is open Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm.
Wild Roots Vodka
135 NE 6th Ave in Portland, OR. 97232 Map
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