Something truly unique is occurring in Portland—a craft distillation revolution. A handful of innovative small distilleries are making handcrafted, locally distilled spirits available for the first time since prohibition. The heart of this movement lies in an inconspicuous neighborhood of small warehouses and light industrial buildings in Southeast Portland, known as the lower east-side industrial district. In a strip 16 blocks long and five blocks wide, five independent distilleries (housing seven spirits companies) have begun producing over twenty unique liquors. They make everything from vodkas and gins, rums and whiskeys, to more specialized spirits such as absinthe,
aquavit, and flavored liqueurs.
Presently the site consists only of a map (reproduced on the right), a brief introduction, and individual pages for each of the distilleries in Distillery Row. The distillery pages include tasting room and contact information.
Last fall I had the privilege of touring two of the distilleries on Portland’s Distillery Row. Read the accounts here:
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