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Eastside Distilling Gets the MotherLode

Some big news coming out of the PDX craft distilling scene today…


Eastside Distilling’s range includes Burnside Bourbon, Portland Potato Vodka and Below Deck Rum

Portland, Ore.’s Eastside Distilling, Inc. has announced the acquisition of MotherLode Craft Distillery, a Portland-based provider of bottling services and production support to craft distilleries. Since its founding in 2014 by Allen Barteld, the mission of MotherLode has been to enable craft distillers to increase their production and extend their product lines, reducing cost and increasing efficiency, thereby freeing them to focus on their craft. The typical MotherLode customer is a distillery of small batch, hand-crafted spirits, or a premium craft spirit sold as a private label.

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House Spirits taps Lost Lake, Multnomah Whiskey Library vets for national team

Some news from our friends at House Spirits Distillery in Portland…

House Spirits Distillery, now celebrating more than a decade as a leader of America’s craft distilling community, welcomes two industry-leading talents to its roster of dedicated brand educators: Erin Hayes, rum aficionado and former Bar Manager of the award-winning tropical bar Lost Lake in Chicago, IL, and Jordan Felix, whiskey expert and former Beverage Director at Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, Ore.

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Craft Beverage Expo moves to PDX


Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo) will return for its fourth annual conference in Portland, OR Nov. 7-9, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s the first time the conference will be held outside of Northern California.

Each year, CBExpo attracts professionals from across the craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits market for three days of ducation sessions and presentations from hand-chosen experts. CBExpo also offers networking opportunities, bringing together artisan beverage masters from all segments to connect and collaborate.

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The Drinkable Week: CiderCon 2016



The Drinkable Week returns with a stop in Portland, Ore., for the 2016 edition of CiderCon, the annual convention of the United States Association of Cider Makers. Is cider still the hottest category in beverage alcohol? Find out in this week’s video.


Drinkable Week: ABInBev rides the Golden Road & a bit of whiskey news

Another local docks with the global mothership, an Upstate New York bourbon comes of age and a very merry PDX-mas …All on the latest edition of the drinkable week.GoldenRoad copy 2

• Another week, another craft beer acquisition. Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it is acquiring L.A. brewery Golden Road, founded by Meg Gill and bar owner Tony Yanow. In just four years, Golden Road managed to establish itself as the hometown brewery in a city that was a little late to the craft party.

4grain copy• Rochester New York’s Black Button Distilling is launching its eagerly awaited Four Grain Bourbon. And what are those four grains? 60 percent corn, 20 percent wheat, 9 percent rye and 11 percent barley. And it’s all grown in upstate new york. Though Black Button has been known for its gin, vodka and moonshine, the more time-intensive bourbon is what made founder Jason Barrett open Black Button to begin with.

• Tickets are now on sale for the 20th annual Holiday Ale Festival in that beeriest of winter wonderlands, Portland, Oregon. The event is scheduled for December second through the sixth and it’s being staged holidayalein the heart of downtown Portland. That’s right it’s outdoors in one of Portland’s coldest months, but fear not. Huge clear-topped tents cover the venue and there are plenty of heaters to battle the chill. And if that doesn’t work, some 14,000 attend the fest over the course of the five days, so there will be plenty of body heat. The festival will include more than 50 ales that bookcover copyhave either been crafted especially for the event or are rare, boozy vintages. You can buy your tickets at

And you know what’s going to make the perfect holiday gift? My book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously, now available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Turner Publishing is releasing it on November 24, just as the season officially kicks off.