Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oregon Distillers - Part Three

We've been cruising the West coast - specifically the fine State of Oregon. If you haven't been reading these reports (Shame on you!), might not be a bad time to go to Part One & Part Two. That done -- let's look at another batch of Small Batch Distillers in Oregon!




Four Spirits Distillery

Located in Adair Village in Oregon, 4 Spirits is a small batch specialty Distiller.  I'll let them tell you a bit from their website:

"A long time ago as I was enjoying a glass of my favorite whiskey on the rocks, I pondered what it might be like to create my own unique whiskey and what it would be like to share my creation with other people who enjoy the taste of good liquor. Some liquor has proved to be good but not great, and others were missing a critical element, but I couldn’t quite figure out what. What I did believe was that if I could produce my own liquor, the taste could be perfected by carefully distilling with a finer quality which is so important to developing the ideal taste. Was this a conceivable vision I wondered, and how would I go about developing this idea?
After doing some research I talked it over with family and friends and discussed possibilities of starting my own local distillery. I knew it would be a long road faced with many challenges but a huge opportunity to start up something from the ground floor and to build a local craft distillery that would offer quality spirits to be thoroughly enjoyed."

They currently offer one Rum - and if their comments are to be believed (and no reason not to) -- there will be more!

4 - Spirit Silver Rum
"4 Spirits Silver Rum is the first of three small batch releases in our new signature rum
series. Distilled from the highest grade molasses and sugar cane, this spirit aims to please with its complex, full bodied sweetness and subtle hints of passion fruit.  Enjoy over ice, in a refreshing cocktail or upgrade your average rum and coke!"

Sounds like a good Rum and certainly - I am up for a sample! Let's see if we can get one.





Vivacity Spirits

Located in Corvallis Oregon, Vivacity Fine Spirits seems to be a refined, welcoming presence. Their site sets the mood with their opening:

"Built on the strong tradition of craft beverages, Oregon now is considered to be one of the most active small batch spirits production areas, boasting over 50 liquor distillery licenses, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Although many consider Portland to be the focal point for craft spirits, the Willamette Valley is emerging as an artisinal hot spot; with the entree of Vivacity Spirits and two other distilleries coupled with the quality wineries and breweries located from Salem to Eugene. It’s worth a trip down the Valley to Corvallis."


With the launch of the first Vodka produced by Corvallis-based Vivacity Spirits, Oregon can boast the first woman owned Microdistillery in the Willamette Valley and on good authority - 1 of 5 nation-wide. Not since the days of bobbed hair and bathtub gin have women played a role in the production of distilled spirits. 

Vivacity Spirits is owned and operated by Caitlin Prueitt and her partner and spouse, Chris Neumann. 
Caitlin brings not only her passion for distilling, but extensive knowledge in the fermentation sciences with a degree from OSU and deep experience working in wineries, breweries, and lab settings. Operating a craft, microdistillery, her plans are to provide an expanded flavor experience with new and interesting tastes, crafted with locally sourced products.
Chris is a master craftsman with a background in all things construction and wood crafted. He takes great pride in the detail oriented aspects of his craft, and has always enjoyed fine spirits. 
In founding Vivacity Spirits, Caitlin and Chris joined their skills and passions, past and present, to create a distilled spirit worth showing off and sharing. Consider the combined years of hands on experience and it is easy to see why they will create distilled spirits that others can only dream of creating.

So we have a couple, both skilled and passionate about their spirts -- offering Vodka, Gin, A Coffee Liquer and a Traditional Rum -- Lets get to that:

Vivacity Rum
 
"Rich in flavor with vanilla, caramel, plus a hint of fruit tones and oak.
True to the name, this smooth and delicious rum uses traditional fermentation and distillation recipes and processes. 
Vivacity Spirits Traditional Rum has been aged for over a year in both bourbon and neutral oak barrels to ensure the smooth flavor that only barrel aging can accomplish. 
Enjoy this neat, warming the glass with your hands to release the intoxication aromas, or on a hot summer day with just an ice cube."



After becoming an aged Rum enthusiast, this one sounds just achingly good. I will have to send a pleading email to them to wrangle a taste.


Finally, in this post, we look at:


Camp 1805 Distillery

Located in Hood River, Oregon, they have a limited collection of information available to the quick look --- But, this place looks like it is well worth exploration if you are in the area or plan to be there.


Here is what they have to say about how they founded the business:

CAMP 1805. WHY NOT?


In a nutshell, Roy says to Chris: “Life’s short and too serious. What say you and I make liquor instead?” and, doubling down, Chris replies, “I’m in. But let’s make it happen in a place that knows how to dream, where windsurfing, kiteboarding, skiing, biking, and general mucking about masquerade for purpose." Then, by karmic twist, they learn Hood River is a mere stone’s throw from where Lewis and Clark tragically ran dry of liquor in 1805.
 
Ergo the name: Camp 1805. Mission: Let no flask go unfilled and let now life go timidly by. Today, with sage counsel from distilling legends, Chris and Roy are turning out bold, pioneering, exceptional spirits in Hood River, Oregon. All in the firm conviction that work never produced anything half as good as serious fun. Bottom’s up.
 
As far as their Backbone Rum -- They have a great sense of humor:
Journal entry, Jan 13th, Roy: “Whenever we crank up a rum kettle, Waldo starts in with the Arrrgh and pirate talk. Makes you wanna toss him in the vat.”  

Sounds like the kind of people I want to meet...






That about wraps it up for today... Remeber -- If you visit a Rum Distiller - PLEASE mention us - We want to meet - sample and talk about EVERY American Rum Distiller there is!!

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