Developments along Portland’s Distillery Row and beyond are keeping sip-takers and drink-makers in high spirits. Production facilities and tasting rooms are expanding, introducing more space for experimenting with recipes and methods.
Eastside Distilling is putting the finishing touches on its new 40,000-square-foot (3,716 sq m) digs. Once renovations are complete, the distillery will be the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Until then, the title belongs to House Spirits Distillery, celebrating its new 14,000-square-foot (1,301 sq m) facility, which has six times the capacity of its former location and an expanded tasting room open daily for tastings and tours. The move comes in time to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its flagship spirit, Aviation American Gin. Look for partnerships with local makers such as Bull in China to commemorate the milestone.
Across the river in Northwest Portland, a new distillery district has taken hold, anchored by Bull Run Distilling, Clear Creek Distillery and the newly opened Aria Gin tasting room. Formerly housed in Bull Run’s facility, Aria Gin’s tasting room offers mini cocktail flights and provides additional space for distiller experimentation. Neighboring Bull Run Distilling will release its Oregon Whiskey this spring — a project more than four years in the making and incorporating only local ingredients.
Catering to DIY sensibilities, New Deal Distillery leads hands-on whiskey making classes with distiller Tom Burkleaux. The five-hour tutorials include coffee and lunch and cover fermentation, distillation and barrel aging. At Thomas & Sons Distillery, the tasting room is in full swing, offering their full line of tea-based spirits as well as limited-edition distillations.
Courtesy of Travel Portland.
Photo courtesy Eastside Distilling.
Photo courtesy House Spirits.