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A TOAST to Oregon Spirits

April 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Spirits Events

Portland is hosting the annual American Distilling Institute conference this week, topped off with a fun public tasting in support of the Oregon Distillers Guild on Friday, from 4-9pm at the Tiffany Center.

Slab Town Limited

November 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Recipes

This cocktail is a variant of the Red Hook, and rather than Slab Hook or Red Slab, which first occurred to me as names, Ms. Boozenik smartly chimed in that since this was a limited release, and also hits like a train (since it’s slightly higher in whiskey than a Red Hook would be) we should name it as if one. Hence, the Slab Town Limited.

Slab Town Whiskey

November 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Bottle Reviews

House Spirits has unveiled their Slab Town Whiskey, after 4 years of maturation. It’s a light straw-color and soft in the mouth, especially for such a young whiskey.

Great American Distillers Festival

October 20, 2010 by  
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The Great American Distillers Festival features more than 35 craft distilleries from across the nation who gather in Portland, Oregon, each year.

Small’s Gin

October 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Bottle Reviews

Small’s Gin imparts sweet scents of juniper, cardamom, orange and lemon peels with a slight alcohol burn. There’s also a hint of mineral character to the nose, which seems a bit unusual.

The Oregroni

September 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Recipes

We’re fortunate in Portland to be able to eat a very diverse and enjoyable 100-mile diet. That started me thinking about 100-mile cocktails, too. Now that we have numerous gins, an Italian-style amaro, and vermouth produced in the Portland Metro Area, here’s my 100-mile take on the classic Negroni, which despite likely, and deserved groaning, I will call the Oregroni, because all of the finished ingredients are produced in Oregon.

Review: Ransom Old Tom Gin

September 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Bottle Reviews

This is very interesting stuff. There is a lingering maltiness to the taste. I can taste that this gin is made from barley, of all things. If it wasn’t for the botanicals, this could taste like a somewhat warm-on-the-throat whiskey. The flavor does get overpowered later on with an almost camphor-like mouth feel, but the malty citrus-cardamom flavors are maintained.

12 Bridges Gin

August 20, 2010 by  
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Initial taste is a touch minerally, with some citrus oil and juniper and some warming spice and salt to the taste. It is a bit astringent, but also has a sweetness to it as one of the first flavors that hits the mouth. Juniper and cardamom and oddly also some floral notes akin to rosewater follow.

Portland Bartenders Shaking it up at Gulf Coast Benefit

July 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Spirits Events

The Oregon Bartender’s Guild and Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) are announcing a benefit event to support Gulf relief efforts on Sunday, Aug. 1 in Portland, Oregon.

NW Spirits and Mixology Show to Debut in Portland

June 8, 2010 by  
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Oregon’s first craft spirits and mixology specific trade show, The NW Spirits and Mixology Show, is scheduled for Mon., July 26, at the Jupiter Hotel.

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