Great American Distillers Festival
Oregon, already known as a haven for beer aficionados, has also quietly been making a name for itself in the world of artisan spirits. Craft distillers from around the country will bring the finest vodkas, rums, gins, whiskies and other spirits to Portland for two days of sampling and seminars this Oct. 24-25.
The festival is also home of the third annual Mixmaster Mixology Contest, sponsored by the Oregon Bartenders Guild, Rogue Spirits and Imbibe Magazine, which features some of Oregon's best bartenders, making their signature cocktails, with the very best spirits.
The general public is invited to attend the event, held at the Bossanova Ballroom, and meet the more than 70 distillers, sip their wares and enjoy cocktail and food pairings. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass, which includes three tasting tickets and $16 for a two-day pass, which includes six tastings.