Can you believe it is December already? This time of year tends to get very busy. There are holiday parties, family gatherings and traditions, holiday decorating, and much more. Making gifts on top of all of that can be challenging! I would love nothing more than having each of you make some of our holiday-inspired infusions this December. But… I know that isn’t going to be possible for everyone. So for those of you who would like some holiday cheer without all the effort, we recommend checking out your local distillery. They may have some fun holiday-infused spirits already beautifully bottled for your parties, gift giving or just enjoying the holiday spirit this season.
We recently went to Eastside Distillery in Portland, Oregon and were blown away by all of their holiday inspired liqueurs and other spirits that will be great for the holiday season. This great little craft distillery has concocted an Eggnog Liqueur, Peppermint Bark Liqueur and Holiday Spiced Liqueur. They are all wonderful and will be great for any occasion. Many of their standard spirits will also be perfect for the holidays, including the Coffee Rum, Cherry Bomb, Ginger Rum and Burnside Bourbon. We loved everything at Eastside. And we think you will too!
Eastside spirits are available in Oregon and Washington, and some of them (including the Holiday Spiced Liqueur, Cherry Bomb whiskey and Coffee Rum) are even available online through Vintage Wine & Spirits.
Eastside also has some great gift packs available at their tasting room. Be sure to check them out!
We are fortunate to have a number of amazing craft distilleries in Portland, and many of them have spirits that will be great to enjoy this holiday season. We are looking forward to checking out the Booze Bazaar (yes you read that correctly) at House Spirits next weekend. We have been to House Spirits before and they are amazing. Their Whitedog Whiskey is one of my favorites, and their Coffee Rum and Aquavit would be great for the holidays as well.
We recommend checking out your local craft distillery this holiday season for some amazing holiday cheer! Distilling.com has a map of craft distilleries throughout the United States (and even few in Canada). Also from Distilling.com is a list of distilleries in the US, but the map seems to be a bit more comprehensive and/or updated.
How many of you have gone to a local brewery or winery in your area? Many of you (at least those of you reading this) probably have. It is fun to taste and support your local drinking establishments, isn’t it! How many of you have gone tasting at your local craft distillery? The list is probably a lot shorter.
Earlier this weekend, I attended an open house at Clear Creek Distillery in Portland, Oregon. I had been to the distillery a handful of times before to do tastings (and purchases of course!) but this was the first time that I had the pleasure of getting a tour.
Clear Creek is absolutely wonderful. They have dozens of fabulous spirits from Eaux de Vie, Grappa, fruit liqueurs and much more (including their famous whiskey which sells out in hours). We restrained ourselves and left with only the Mirabelle Plum Eau de Vie and the Cranberry Liqueur, two selections we had not previously tried.
As much as I love Clear Creek, they are not the only craft distillery around. There are a number of others in Portland, throughout Oregon… and hopefully in your area too. Distilling.com has a map of craft distilleries throughout the United States (and even few in Canada). Also from Distilling.com is a list of distilleries in the US, but the map seems to be a bit more comprehensive and/or updated.
Those of you in Portland (or visiting Portland) may also be familiar with Distillery Row. If you do visit Distillery Row, be sure you don’t skip Stone Barn Brandyworks. Also from Oregon, Ransom makes a very unique gin called Old Tom, and Bendistillery makes some great spirits. If you love juniper, you must try Desert Juniper gin.
Clearly, my experiences of craft distilleries are pretty limited to my area. I would love to hear about your favorite distillery in your area. Also, if there are craft distilleries that are missing from these lists, let us know about them.
Cheers! And don’t forget to drink local!