Cut and pasted from the Portland Tribune...
Brandy Peak is the nation's only wood-fired distillery producing
award-winning grappas and brandies. Clear Creek is the granddaddy of
Oregon craft distillers with 20 years in the business, making world-
class Pear brandy and a line-up that includes eau-de-vie flavored
with Douglas Fir to whiskey made with Widmer Brothers grains.
Bendistillery produces gin using local high desert juniper berries
and lava filtered vodka for its bar and national distribution. The
newest generation of craft distilleries includes House Spirits, New
Deal, Rogue, Ransom Spirits, Dolmen Distillery and, of course,
McMenamins Edgefield Distillery, located in Troutdale.
The product of choice that many new craft distillers started with
was vodka. It's relatively easy to make and though supposedly
flavorless, Oregon distillers added their own subtle twists by
filtering the spirits through huge tubes of activated charcoal like
the Russian distilleries, or through crushed lava rock and
limestone; all in search of a subtle flavors and smoothness.
It's not all about vodka though. Oregon craft distilleries are
making grappas, gins, brandies, whiskeys, eau-de-vies, aquavit and
rums. Of particular note is House Spirits Krogstad Aquavit with a
touch of caraway and anise. Exquisite. Rogue Spirits Dark Rum is
quite nice, more akin to bourbon than rum in many ways; and Dolmen
Distillery's Worker Bee is one of the few commercially distilled
meads in the world. This rare distillate carries a hint of white
flowers and honey, but with a nice blast of fire at the end.
Distillers are adding local juniper berries or spruce bows to their
gin to make a product with a unique regional story.
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Trid <triddlywinks@...> wrote:
> Interestingly enough, the occasion for the visit is a large group
> who have gotten acquainted via the internet (not unlike this
> eventually planned a get-together as a means of meeting face to
face after all
> the years of communicating digitally. It's turned out to be quite
> wingding. In fact, it's where I first met (in person) SWMBO. I
am planning on
> surprising her this year by proposing to her at the party. It's
not to put her
> on the spot...I just want to make a bit of a scene :)