A group of innovative Portland distilleries is making handcrafted, locally-distilled spirits available for the first time since prohibition. The heart of this movement lies in two up-and-coming neighborhoods of small warehouses and light industrial buildings in Southeast and Northwest Portland. Eleven independent distilleries are producing more than 80 unique spirits – everything from vodkas and gins, rums and whiskeys, and even more specialized spirits like aquavit, and flavored liqueurs
Portlanders are witnessing these pioneering distillers as they put the city and state into the national spotlight, just as Oregon winemakers defined the Willamette Valley as a world-class wine region in the late 1970’s, and the small breweries of the 1980’s put Portland at the forefront of the craft brewing movement. No longer must we turn to the handful of multi-national giants that currently dominate the liquor industry for premium spirits. We now have truly local, handcrafted, small-batch alternatives.