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Talking Booze

Craft spirits is in the same place where craft brewing was 25 years ago.


New. Challenging. Revolutionary.

Jam all that energy into one weekend and you get the Great American Distillers Festival.

The festival was held this year at the historic Tiffany Center in Portland, Oregon. 50 craft distillers. Lots of vendors. More than 1000 craft spirit fans. Where else can you walk up and shake the hand of the distiller who makes your favorite spirit?

Swapping recipes, ideas and the enthusiasm for craft spirits at GADF.
Swapping recipes, ideas and the enthusiasm for craft spirits at GADF.

The weekend began with a cocktail contest. Skip Rock Distillers of Snohomish, Washington won Best Specialty Cocktail with a recipe made from their vodka and Spiced Apple liqueur.

Rogue Nation President Big Al (right) presented the Best Specialty Cocktail award to Skip Rock Distillers.
Rogue Nation President Big Al (right) presented the Best Specialty Cocktail award to Skip Rock Distillers.

Rogue Spirits had a good night, too. Our Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, Dead Guy Whiskey and Chipotle Spirit each won gold medals.

Left to right: Rogue Mixologist Tony Gurdian, Rogue Distiller Jeff Alexander and Rogue Spirits President Mike Higgins.
Left to right: Rogue Mixologist Tony Gurdian, Rogue Distiller Jeff Alexander and Rogue Spirits President Mike Higgins.

If you’re a fan of craft spirits, and want to be part of the next revolution in distilling, then join us next October for the 10th annual Great American Distillers Festival.