The Spirited Culture of Feast Portland

The incredible array of food and beverages at Feast Portland never fails to amaze us! In this article, we will ‘delve’ into the participating distilleries to give our readers some insight to the ‘spirited culture’ associated with the festival.

What is distilling? In a nutshell, it can be explained as the method of heating a liquid to create vapour, after which point, the vapour is condensed back into a liquid form.

This process allows for the capturing of specific substances in a liquid, giving the distiller the ability to highlight and bring forward individual flavours.

It takes great talent and attention to create the excellent distilled liquors at Feast Portland this year. As always, the list of participants is extensive, and with this comes the possibility for incredible spirits, cocktails and mixed beverages.

A couple of our favourites:

 


BULLEIT
(LOUISVILLE, KY)
In 1987, Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr., fulfilled a lifelong dream of reviving an old family bourbon recipe by starting the Bulleit Distilling Company. Inspired by his great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit, who made a high-rye whiskey between 1830-1860, Tom left a successful law practice and risked everything to experience life on the frontier. To this day, Bulleit™ Bourbon is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition. High rye content gives it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish. Kentucky limestone-filtered water provides a foundation for the bourbon’s character, while charred American oak barrels lend a smoky backbone. Our aging philosophy is simple: we wait until our bourbon is ready.

Find it at Feast Portland:

BRUNCH VILLAGE PRESENTED BY BOB’S RED MILL
NIGHT MARKET: RING OF FIRE PRESENTED BY ALASKA MILEAGE PLANT
SMOKED!

 


FREELAND SPIRITS

(PORTLAND, OR)
Freeland Spirits, Portland’s new craft distillery, is proud to be women owned and operated. From the gals who grow the grain and botanicals, to those who run the still, we’re creating superior spirits that celebrate all the Northwest has to offer. Freeland Spirits Gin is crafted by hand in small batches. A traditional copper pot still brings juniper and 13 other botanicals to life. Meanwhile, a state of the art vacuum still cajoles quieter flavors including fresh cucumber, rosemary, mint and thyme. Yes, delicious in cocktails but we suggest sipping it with just a cube of ice.

Find it at Feast Portland:

NIGHT MARKET: RING OF FIRE PRESENTED BY ALASKA MILEAGE PLANT

 


ARIA PORTLAND DRY GIN

(PORTLAND, OR)
Since 2012, Martin Ryan Distilling Company has focused exclusively on distilling Aria Portland Dry Gin—a classic London Dry gin handmade using traditional ingredients and distillation. The result is familiar, yet new—a full bodied, aromatic gin with depth, complexity, and balance. Aria Gin has earned numerous gold medals and praise from local and national press. Everything used to make Aria Gin is verified fair-trade, sustainably grown, and GMO-free. In under five years Martin Ryan established itself as one of Oregon’s premier distilleries. Aria is one of Oregon’s best selling high-end premium gins and one of the fastest growing craft spirits brands in Oregon’s history.

Find it at Feast Portland:

NIGHT MARKET: RING OF FIRE PRESENTED BY ALASKA MILEAGE PLANT

In the nature of celebrating and learning about beautifully made craft beverages, Feast Portland’s DRINK TANK events are a series of talks and tastings geared towards discovering cocktails, aperitifs, wines, and all things alcohol.

The New (old) Italy is a DRINK TANK event that will give you the chance to learn from experts and gain new knowledge on old-world traditions.

Step into the mystical realm of Italian wine with Helen Johannesen (Helen’s Wines, Los Angeles) and Marissa Ross (Bon Appétit, Los Angeles). While these ladies are making it rain grissini, your palate will be educated and enticed by killer wines from magical wine makers. It’s some of that new school style and the OG classics all converging over similar thought and methodology. Come be Italiano!

FRIDAY, SEPT 14TH
2:00PM – 3:00PM
DIRECTOR PARK

Tickets available here.