House Spirits Distillery

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House Spirits Distillery is an American craft distiller based in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in Corvallis in 2004 and moved to Portland in 2005.[1][2] Its production facility and tasting room is located on Portland's Distillery Row, in the Central Eastside Industrial District.[1][3] The distillery's flagship brand is Aviation American Gin, which comprised 80% of its production in 2012,[2][4] and around 40% in 2016,[5] after the company's move into a larger distillery facilitated a major expansion of production of its whiskey brand.

Production of Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey, made from malted barley grown in the Pacific Northwest,[2] accounted for around 50% of the company's production in late 2016.[5] Other products include Krogstad Festlig aquavit and Volstead Vodka.[2] Small-batch artisanal liqueurs from House Spirits have included Japanese-style shōchū and coffee liqueur.[6]

In 2013, the company made plans to expand its distribution to 35 states in a deal with distributor Southern Wine & Spirits.[2] The same year, House Spirits opened a second tasting room at Portland International Airport.[7] Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana is an investor in the company.[2]

In November 2015, House Spirits opened a new, larger distillery in Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District. The $6 million, 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) facility, built almost entirely new, also included a tasting room.[8] At the time, House said the expansion would enable them to double their production of American Aviation Gin and increase their production of Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey tenfold.[8]

In late 2016, the company sold its flagship brand, American Aviation Gin, to New York-based distributor Davos Brands,[9] but the company continues to be the gin's sole distiller.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "House Spirits Distillery". Distillery Row PDX. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Culverwell, Wendy (March 8, 2013). "House Spirits' Gin Win". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Culverwell, Wendy (May 25, 2012). "Portland's Growing Distillery Industry Provides Economic Boost". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  4. ^ Cyd, Leela (July 18, 2012). "A Visit with Colin Howard of House Spirits Distillery in Portland, Oregon". The Kitchn. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Korfhage, Matthew (November 17, 2016). "Portland's Aviation Gin Just Got Sold Off to New York—Here's Why". Willamette Week. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  6. ^ Anderson, Heather Arndt (April 5, 2011). "Behind the Scenes at House Spirits Distillery". Serious Eats. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Gorder, Alisha (August 9, 2013). "Gorder House Spirits Lands at PDX Airport". Portland Monthly. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Bakall, Samantha (November 18, 2015). "First look: House Spirits Distillery's new $6 million distillery and tasting room". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  9. ^ Rogoway, Mike (November 17, 2016). "Portland-based House Spirits sells flagship Aviation gin to Davos Brands". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  10. ^ Butler, Grant (February 27, 2018). "Actor Ryan Reynolds buys a stake in Portland-made Aviation Gin". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2018-03-06.

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