The Spirits of Portland: 10 distilleries accessible by bus

Whether you’re from Portland or not, most people know of our exceptional craft beers and locally produced wines. But did you know that the greater Portland metropolitan area is home to almost twenty local distilleries? And just as you’d expect, the distilling practices that create Portland spirits fall right in line with our usual high standards for quality, including small batch productions and seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Featured here are ten of Portland’s easily accessible distilleries, complete with the closest bus, MAX, or Streetcar stops. Tasting room hours vary at each location, so visit distillery websites for more information before making your journey. Take advantage of TriMet’s trip planner to enter your starting location and the distillery’s address as the ending location for a detailed trip itinerary. Enjoy!


1. Bull Run Distilling Company 2259 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210

BullRun

Photo by Bull Run on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“The Bull Run watershed is the primary drinking water supply for the City of Portland. It’s the same beautiful, raw water we add to each of our spirits – and it’s the same soft water that helps create the great mouth feel in each of our spirits. Arriving in 2015: Bull Run has dedicated two 800-gallon distilling vats to this Oregon-made whiskey. That’s right — not Scotch, not Irish, not Bourbon, but “Oregon Whiskey” distilled using local water and grains and aged in the unique Oregon climate. While it’s expected to be released in 2015, the whiskey will decide when it’s good n’ ready.” ~Bull Run Distilling Company

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2. Clear Creek Distillery 2389 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR 97210

ClearCreek

Photo by Kenn Wilson on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Founded in 1985 by Steve McCarthy, today Clear Creek Distillery carries forward a world renowned portfolio of eaux de vie, grappa, liqueurs and whiskey all distilled in our Portland facility from Pacific Northwest fruits and Scottish barley. We use traditional European pot stills along with techniques learned in Alsace and Switzerland, then perfected through 30 years of Oregon craftsmanship. Our products are served in the World’s best restaurants and appreciated by connoisseurs everywhere.” ~Clear Creek Distillery

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3. Eastside Distilling 1512 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Eastside

Photo by Eastside Distilling on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Eastside Distilling has been producing high-quality, hand-crafted spirits in Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row since 2008. We believe that locally-produced spirits simply taste better, so all of our unique products are made right here in Portland, Oregon from natural ingredients in small batches for unparalleled quality and taste.” ~Eastside Distilling 


4. House Spirits Distillery 2025 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

House

Photo by Kenn Wilson on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Founded in 2004 in Oregon, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling movement. Our award-winning products are batch-distilled and are inspired by a passion for quality spirits and delicious cocktails. Located in the heart of Portland’s famous Distillery Row, each of our spirits has the richness and craftsmanship to be enjoyed on their own and also lend themselves beautifully to your best-loved drinks and cocktails.” ~House Spirits Distillery


5. Industrial Row Distillery 645 N Tillamook St #3, Portland, OR 97277

IRD

Photo by Industrial Row Distillery 

Not yet on Yelp

IRD is a grain to bottle distillery that believes in quality above all. At IRD, our first spirit is Vodka. We perfected the process and the result is Dystopia Vodka. Our vodka retains a characteristic aroma with a subtle hint of flavor originating from the grain it was made from. On top of this we leave it unfiltered – just pure distillate and crystal mountain water.” ~Industrial Row Distillery


6. New Deal Distillery 900 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

NewDeal

Photo by New Deal Distillery on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“New Deal Distillery provides high quality, craft-distilled spirits, inspired by the DIY spirit of Portland. All of our artisan vodkas are made locally in small batches with Bull Run water and natural and organic ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible.” ~New Deal Distillery 


7. Rogue Distillery and Public House 1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

Rogue

Photo by Will Vanlue on flickr

3.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Before any Rogue Spirit heads out the door, we give it a final look over to check on quality and flavor. At each step along the way, we know our ingredients because we planted them, we grew them, we harvested them, we floor malted, roasted and smoked them, and because we took the extra time to bottle them by hand. Spirits made from scratch deserve to be bottled by hand. Taste the difference it makes the next time you open a bottle of Rogue Spirits.” ~Rogue Distillery 


8. Rolling River Spirits 1215 SE 8th Ave Ste H, Portland, OR 97214

 RollingRiver

Photo by Rolling River on Yelp

No reviews on Yelp

“Rolling River Spirits is a family-owned and operated craft distillery located in Portland, Oregon. Our Rolling River Vodkas, Gins, and Whiskeys are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, with only the finest ingredients. Our family’s Master Distiller, Tim Rickard, personally creates each blend using his own custom-built stills and Portland’s renowned pure water, which stems from our tallest peaks and one of the city’s most revered icons– Mt. Hood.” ~Rolling River Spirits


9. Stone Barn Brandyworks 3315 SE 19th, Portland, OR 97202

StoneBarn

Photo by Stone Barn Brandyworks

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Stone Barn Brandyworks produces craft distilled, regional fruit brandies, brandy-based liqueurs, and when fruit is not in season, we keep making whiskey.” ~Stone Barn Brandyworks


10. Vinn Distillery 833 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214

Vinn

Photo by Vinn Distillery

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Vinn Distillery is a family-owned local distiller of rice-based products. We craft our products by hand right here in Oregon, using methods passed down for generations. Since our spirits are made entirely from rice, they have the added benefit of being gluten-free. We are excited to have our tasting room located right in the heart of Distillery Row in southeast Portland. Come visit us there and sample all our products!” ~Vinn Distillery


Article by Stephanie Paris

Cover photo by Thomas Heyman on flickr

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