Portland is famous for its craft beers and abundance of microbreweries and brew pubs -- which isn't surprising since some of the worlds' best hops come from the Pacific Northwest. And the whole state of Oregon has carved out notoriety for its excellent wines, with pinot noir leading the way. With a plethora of farm-to-table eating and excellent locally produced beers and wines, it's not surprise that small-batch, craft distilleries would be soon to follow -- and they have.
Distillery Row in Southeast Portland features an enclave of such businesses within a short walk of one another, and that's a good thing. There are also other micro-distilleries surfacing all over town, and many mixologists (fancy for "bartender") have jumped at the chance to add local booze to their cocktails. Below you'll find info on Portland's Distillery Row distilleries; when you finish reading through this list, be sure to check out Part 2 of the Portland Distillery Roundup, featuring six more great craft distilleries located in and around town. You can also learn about the Oregon craft distilling scene and other distilleries outside of Portland on the Oregon Distillers Guild website.
Several small distilleries have pooled their resources to market themselves together as Distillery Row. Based in Southeast Portland, Vinn Distillery, New Deal Distillery, Eastside Distilling and House Spirits all have tasting rooms within walking distance of one another, while Stone Barn Brandyworks is just a bit farther south.
Vinn Distillery is located just outside of Portland in Wilsonville, but the tasting room is conveniently located in town as part of Distillery Row. Rice-based spirits are Vinn's claim to fame, including its Baiju Vodka, Mijiu Fire black rice wine and Mijiu Ice brown rice wine.
Where: 833 SE Main Street, Suite 125
Visit: The tasting room is open Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5:00 p.m.
More Info: vinndistillery.com & distilleryrowpdx.com/vinn-distillery
New Deal Distillery
New Deal uses organic and natural ingredients to fashion the distillery's small batch New Deal Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Ginger Liqueur, Hot Monkey Vodka infused with five Southwestern peppers, Mud Puddle Vodka infused with roasted chocolate nibs, Farmer's Grappa, and several rums and gins. Read our full write-up on New Deal Distillery here.
Where: 1311 SE 9th Avenue
Visit: Tastings are offered Wednesday through Friday, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5:00 p.m. Special group tours are also available. The retail store is also open most days, call to confirm.
More Info: newdealdistillery.com; 503-234-2513
Portland Potato Vodka, Burnside Bourbon, Cherry Bomb Whiskey and several Below Beck Rums -- including a coffee-infused and a ginger-infused variety -- highlight Eastside's offerings. Visit the distillery in the Southeast for tastings. Read our full write-up on Eastside Distilling here.
Where: 1512 SE 7th Avenue
Visit: Distillery tours every hour, Friday through Sunday. Group tours by appointment.
Sunday-Thursday, Noon-5:00 p.m.; Friday, Noon-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
More Info: eastsidedistilling.com; 503-926-7060
House Spirits Distillery got its start in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2004, then moved to Portland in 2005. American Aviation Gin kicked things off for House Spirits, soon followed by Korgstad Aquavit. Other limited-edition small batch spirits soon joined alongside, including whiskeys, rums, coffee liqueur and Oregon raki. Read our full write-up on House Spirits Distillery here.
Where: 2025 SE 7th Avenue
Visit: Free tours on Saturdays at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; free weekday tours by appointment -- email to arrange. Shop open: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-5:00 p.m.
More Info: housespirits.com; 503-235-3174; or email for appointments
Stone Barn Brandyworks
Brandies and liqueurs from regional fruits are the specialty of Stone Barn Brandyworks, which is located just over a mile south of the other members of Distillery Row. The Northwest Cherry Brandy, Bartlett Pear Brandy, Quince Liqueur or Biggs Junction Apricot Liqueur would make phenomenal gifts with a local connection -- as would Stone Barn's various ryes, whiskeys, the Eastside Ouzo and the Pinot Noir Grappa.
Where: 3315 SE 19th Avenue, Suite B
Visit: Saturday & Sunday, Noon-6:00 p.m.; Other times by appointment. Call ahead for tastings with a group of five or more.
More Info: stonebarnbrandyworks.com; 503-775-6747