You can be forgiven for thinking that Portland Oregon is the distillery capital of the country. Our neighbor/hat to the north Washington has significantly more even just inside the Seattle city limits but their distribution around town makes any kind of reasonable tour more difficult. The density and number of distilleries who have landed in downtown PDX makes it one of the most interesting places to sample distilled spirits around.
The Portland Distillery Row in the SE industrial district has continued to grow since my last post about them and even more since my last attempt at a distillery crawl. Most notably the other side of the river has gotten into the act and formed the Northwest Distiller’s District. Nominally just the 3 distilleries off of NW 23rd between Quimby and Vaughn it has since expanded somewhat to include Indio Spirits’ new tasting room in the Pearl district. One hopes that Glaser in the Pearl will get the hint and jump on board as well but who knows what the future will bring.
All of this (except Glaser) is covered in the Portland Distillery Passport which is now produced and managed by Proof PDX, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with PROOF the Washington Distillers Guild convention. (The Oregon Distiller’s guild convention is called TOAST). The passport is still $20 which is a fantastic deal for all of the stuff that it now includes. One caveat that I haven’t had to test yet is they want to limit you to 6 visits per day. The passport covers 11 distilleries and from what I can see doesn’t actually expire. There is a web version of the passport for the same price, but it only lasts for a year. I couldn’t figure out what it was going to do before it tried to charge me and I was more comfortable with an app than a website log in so I passed and went with a physical copy that you can get at any location.
On the west side
On the East Side:
- Stone Barn Brandyworks
- Thomas and Sons Distilling
- Rolling River Distilling
- Eastside Distilling
- New Deal Distillery
- House Spirits
- Vinn Distilling
- Wild Roots DistillingThere are a number of other things on or near the path of these distilleries including:
McMenamin’s 23rd Ave Bottle Shop
OMSI (frequent after hours drinking events)
My own suggestions for the tour I plan to lay out in my recounting of my latest distillery crawl.