The Northwest is a strange and wonderful place; home to hundreds of famed micro-breweries and wineries. As Portland continues to march forward as one of the nation’s most eclectic beverage producers, distilled spirits have re-emerged and reclaimed their place in the glasses and hearts of locals looking for fresh flavors and Northwest flair.
While choosing a favorite distillery from the many that have raised their glasses in and around Portland is near impossible, the handful of artisans listed here are certainly a wonderful place to start.
Clear Creek Distillery
2389 NW Wilson , Portland , OR , 97210
Tasting room hours: Monday through Saturday 9am – 5pm
Making Eu De Vie, Brandy and Liqueurs using Oregon grown produce, and Whiskey from ingredients imported from Scotland , Clear Creek Distillery has been creating delicious drinks for more than 26 years. Inspired by the owner’s family orchard, this distillery shares Oregon tastes throughout the nation.
New Deal Distillery
1311 Southeast 9th Avenue , Portland , OR 97214
Tasting room hours: Saturday 12:30pm to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm
Located in Southeast Portland , New Deal Distillery has been creating unique and highly sought after vodkas. Matching Portland ‘s flair for the uncommon, vodkas such as the Portland 88 and the Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka are right at home in the tasting room located just off Main Street .
Bull Run Distilling Company
2259 NW Quimby Street , Portland , Oregon 97210
Tasting room and tours: Please call (503)224-3483
The “new kid on the block”, Bull Run Distilling Company started sharing their spirits with Portland natives early in 2010. With sugars brought in from Hawaii and grains grown right here in the Northwest, it’s easy to see the distinct thread of artisan pride that is woven through each bottle of spirits produced.
Rogue Distillery and Public House
1339 NW Flanders , Portland , OR 97209
Public House hours: Sunday through Thursday 11am to 12am, Friday and Saturday 11am to 1am
Oregon’s first rum distillery, Rogue has expended beyond the micro-brews that made them famous to include several flavors of Portland distilled rum to their long list of local favorites. Hand crafted and easy to drink, Rogue now is home to several spirits that can be enjoyed at their public house in Portland .
Stone Barn Brandy Works
3315 SE 19th, Suite B, Portland , Oregon 97202
Tasting room hours: Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5:30pm
Another well known distillery in Portland , Stone Barn Brandy Works distills whiskey, liqueurs and brandies at their 19th street location. Creating spirits using ingredients direct from the Northwest region, Stone Barn Brandy Works was discovered as one of the tasty newcomers to Distillery Row in October, 2010.