Head to Portland for top drams.
If only every city had a Distillery Row, as Portland, Oregon does. While many of the distillers clustered in the Pacific Northwest started life as microbrewers, Portland’s craft distilleries have come into their own. Many utilize local materials—honey, grapes, pears—and all emphasize dedication to excellence.
Aviation Gin. Dry, cool, and spiced with juniper, cardamom, coriander, lavender, and sweet orange peel. Perfect for the classic Aviation cocktail and vintage gin cocktails.
Clear Creek Williams Pear Eau de Vie. Made in the European tradition but using local produce, the pear brandy is a beautiful specimen, with a true pear flavor and fruit grown in the bottle. clearcreekdistillery.com Krogstad Aquavit. Bracing and biting, flavored with star anise and caraway seed.
Rogue Spirits Dark Rum. This smooth amber rum has become a cult favorite.We’re also hearing favorable rumblings about Rogue’s new Oregon Single Malt Whiskey.