Finding Your Spirit in the Tualatin Valley
It’s been more than 80 years since the end of Prohibition, and Oregon has blossomed into a leader of craft beer, full-bodied wines and well-aged spirits. Oregon’s distilleries–and Tualatin Valley distilleries in particular–are earning well-deserved accolades and are introducing handcrafted spirits to a new generation.
We don’t just make gin, vodka, whiskey and brandy, we excel in it.
Big Bottom Distillery was named as one of the “10 Best Bourbons Not From Kentucky.” Big Bottom, named for the area of Big Bottom near Mt. Hood, started as an independent whiskey bottling company, and in 2015 transitioned to a distillery, as it expanded its line to include gins, rums, brandies to the existing stellar whiskey production.
Tualatin Valley Distilling is taking things “old school,” with its revival spirit from a recipe documented from the year 1838, using similar production styles and ingredients used prior to the 1650s. The result, Morewood’s Usquebaugh, is an ode to this precursor to whiskey. This grain-neutral spirit, with spices and botanicals, is as complex as it is vibrant.
In addition to making great spirits, our distilleries are finding new flavor profiles, such as fruit-flavored vodkas. Combining two of our favorite tastes—chocolate and spirits—Indio Spirits paired up with local chocolatier, Moonstruck Chocolate Company to create a Marionberry vodka truffle.
The Tualatin Valley’s newest distiller to open a tasting room here is Stein Distillery, which originated in Joseph, Oregon, and was Eastern Oregon’s first micro-distillery. Stein Distillery’s tasting room in Beaverton features a variety of spirits, including whiskey, bourbon, vodka, rum, cordials and more.
Visit a tasting room or plan a distillery tour through the Tualatin Valley. Cheers!