Being the microbrew capital of the US, Portland has become widely known for its many kinds of beer and is starting to get some real recognition from around the World, but did you know that distilleries are also big business in Portland, and they even have their own Festival?
In Portland, alone, there are at least 8 distilleries, and the city now boasts its own "Distillery Row". Arguably, the best known distillery in Portland is called "New Deal Vodka," which launched in 2004. They feature 4 types of vodkas and have a tasting room open on the weekends. Check their website for updated times.
The Great American Distillers Festival 2010 will be October 23rd 11-9pm and 24th 11-7pm at the Bossanova Ballroom at 722 East Burnside. I'll see you there!