Portland, Oregon's Best Places to Buy Local Spirits
Clear Creek Distillery: Portland's oldest and most successful distillery makes numerous grappas and eaux-de-vie, including its famous Williams Pear Brandy, a peaty Scotch and an oak-aged brandy. Clear Creek's tasting room is open Monday through Saturday; tours are given Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. 2389 N.W. Wilson St.; 503-248-9470 or clearcreekdistillery.com.
Edgefield Distillery: Located just outside of Portland at the McMenamins Edgefield resort, this distillery produces barrel-aged brandy, a Dutch-style gin, a coffee liqueur and the rich, malty Hogshead Whiskey. Spirits can be sampled and purchased at the adjacent Distillery Bar. 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale; 503-669-8610 or mcmenamins.com.
Highball Distillery: This new, wind-powered distillery makes its Elemental Vodka from scratch using organic local wheat, in a giant column still. Whiskey is in the works. Tours given by appointment. 610 S.E. 10th Ave.; 503-803-3989 or highballdistillery.com.
House Spirits Distillery: At this new distillery's "spirit and cocktail boutique," visitors can sample cocktails made with House Spirits' vodka, gin and aquavit (and soon, rum, whiskey and other small-batch experiments). Tours given by appointment. 2025 S.E. Seventh Ave.; 503-235-3174 or medoyeff.com.
Integrity Spirits: This new distillery, which shares a 10,000-square-foot space with a restaurant, brewery and pub, makes vodka, gin, rum and whiskey. Tours given daily. 909 S.E. Yamhill St.; 503-517-2030.
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