The Spirit of PDX
Put on your drinking caps, Portland, because the Great American Distillers Festival is underway. And this year’s two-day fest’s a big deal, too, because the whole party’s turning 10. What can you expect? Seminars, for one (we’re looking at you, budding professional cocktailers), as well as dinners, distillery tours and cocktail contests, as well as lots and lots of booze (often new and untasted by the public).
This year’s festival kicks off at Northeast Portland’s Leftbank Annex at 5 p.m. on Friday October 24, and draws to a close at 5 p.m. the following day. At $20, tickets are a steal (they’re $25 at the door) while a Benjamin Franklin grants you early entry, one-on-one conversations with exhibiting distillers, as well as bonus cocktail tokens and free festival swag.
So what should you expect to taste this year? Exhibitors include Portland’s very own Bull Run, Eastside, House Spirits, Indio Spirits, New Deal, Rolling River Spirits and Vinn Distillery distillers, as well as spirited out-of-towners (though still in-staters) like Big Bottom Whiskey (Hillsboro) Sub Rosa Spirits (Dundee), Elixir (Eugene) and Bendistillery (from Bend, natch).
To celebrate its 10th year, Portland’s American Distillers Festival doubles down on seminars, meets and greets and, of course, plenty of spirited sampling. We'll drink to that.