Whiskey Tour of the Tualatin Valley
Beyond the vines, barley and hops, the Tualatin Valley is also the answer to the question of where to have a cozy nip of whiskey. Don’t miss the whiskey distilleries and whiskey-dedicated bars that make the Tualatin Valley worth the trip for a tasty bourbon, rye or blended sip.
Whiskey Tasting Rooms
Always proofed at 91, Big Bottom Distilling proves that whiskey making is an art. The distillery’s bourbons are often finished in French oak barrels with notes from cabernet, zinfandel and port casks.
As Big Bottom shares a tasting room with Tualatin Valley Distilling, whiskey aficionados will love talking shop with the distillers here. Tualatin Valley Distilling uses ingredients that are primarily sourced in the Pacific Northwest and are often made with historic recipes, making your tasting a distinctly Oregonian experience.
The 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 its rye whiskey, blended whiskey and bourbon, alongside its other spirits.
Tigard’s Indio Spirits is the veteran distiller of the bunch, as it’s been making craft spirits for more than a decade. The tasting room offers a variety of whiskeys, including the popular Snake River Stampede Small Batch, a blend of aged Canadian whiskey finished in sherry barrels for six months.
Bootleggers Whiskey Bar
Tucked into quaint old town Beaverton is a bar that looks like a blast from the past. Bootleggers Whiskey Bar models itself after the drinking holes of the prohibition era. The dark interior is perfect for a happy hour on a gray day. As you may have guessed, the extensive whiskey offerings are perfect for a slow sip or mixed into an old-timey cocktail recipe.