The Great American Distillers Festival: October 19th and 20th in Portland

Experience the spirit of the season with more than 40 of the nation’s
finest distillers, blenders and industry specialists

October 19th and 20th, 2012
Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, OR — September 19, 2012 — A celebration of American spirits will be held at Portland’s Tiffany Center downtown on Friday, October 19th from 5-10pm and Saturday, October 20th from 1-10pm. Vendors will offer product tastings as well as hand-crafted cocktails and take-home recipe cards. Door prizes will be awarded every 30 minutes throughout the show, and there will be a bottle shop with products available for sale from distillers.

The Festival, now in its eighth year, showcases the talent of American distillers, so visitors won’t find tequila or cognac here. Rather, American distillers will display the unique qualities of rum, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin. Attendees will find familiar names and discover new ones. Tito, of Texas’ Mockingbird Distillery and the legendary Tito’s Handmade Vodka, will be on-hand, likely sporting his signature tux and ten gallon hat.

Attendees can sample the depth and complexity of the whiskeys, vodkas, rums and liqueurs from Colorado’s Breckenridge Distillery, where spirits are proofed using the regions uniquely mineral-rich snowmelt water. They can also experience spirits crafted from locally owned and operated distillers and blenders to see why local distillers are quickly earning national recognition in a growing northwest spirits industry. Taste craft-distilled small-batch vodka, rum and whiskey from Bendistillery and discover the rich character behind Rogue Spirits’ Spruce Gin, Hazelnut Spice Rum and Dead Guy Whiskey. Also, artisan distillers will be on hand to discuss the passion and expertise that lies at the heart of these home-grown products.

Join us at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison Street in downtown Portland, October 19th and 20th. A five-tasting, one day pass is available for $15, a two-day pass is $25. A one-day pass with 10-tasting tickets is $25, and a two-day, 10-tasting pass is $40. Additional 5-taste tickets are available for $10. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Oregon Distillers Guild and Oregon Bartenders Guild. A special thanks goes to our media sponsors, Willamette Week and Imbibe Magazine.

No minors allowed. The event is restricted to adults age 21 and over with a valid ID. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation.

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