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Liquid Library

Liquid Library

by Alise Munson


Our fair city's "hip" factor is probably the highest in the nation once it's divided by her small number of residents (603,000 in 2012). Per capita, there's about five hip things per person.* Just last week, Portland was named No. 1 Best American City by a blogger...

* Totally non-scientific.

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Our latest addition to the pool of cool - The Multnomah Whiskey Library.  

 "The place feels like you've been transported back to a gentleman's lounge from the '20s, with leather couches underneath vintage portraiture hanging from old-school brick and wood-laden walls." - Thrillist

There are 1500+ kinds of spirits to taste, but this luxury comes with a price. The wait is usually three hours or longer. You could put your name on the list, drive to the coast, down a beer, drive back and still be waiting for a table. Or you could call in a reservation from LAX, hop a plane to Portland, grab a cab and still have time to spare before your name is called.

Is it worth it? Take a look and see for yourself. It might be a one-time liquid adventure you speak of forever.

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Pretend you're in one of the happiest places on Earth


From " Whiskey season: A new appreciation of scotch at Multnomah Whiskey Library" By PAUL CLARKE, October 2013

Apple Thief

Makes 1 serving

This bold-flavored drink from Multnomah Whiskey Library takes the rich resonance of French apple brandy and brightens it with gin. The mixture is then lent gravitas with the heathery, honey flavor of a Highland single malt, and softened with the comforting flavors of figs and brown sugar.

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Brown sugar fig syrup: In a metal or glass bowl, combine 2 ounces chopped dried figs with 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar. Cover and let stand for 24 hours at room temperature. Add 6 ounces hot water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover bowl and let cool. Refrigerate for one week before straining into a jar for use. Remainder will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. -- From Tommy Klus, Multnomah Whiskey Library, Portland

 Photos by Jedidiah Fugle

WhiskeyFest Northwest

WhiskeyFest Northwest


Portland's first WhiskeyFest Northwest took over downtown Portland last Saturday. The event featured more than 65 of the world's finest whiskey distillers from around the globe - not just our fair state. While sipping scotch and Bourbon, we enjoyed tunes from a continuous rolling set of bands, tasted plates from Portland's best food carts, browsed local handcrafted wares, sampled cigars and attended mixology classes. Here's to doing it again next year!



Below: spirits from 1512, George Dickel, Eastside Distilling, & CW Irwin.

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Handcrafted jewelry from Yeahwea Wood



Custom leather work from Tanner Goods



On site straight razor shaves, and scissor-only haircuts from The Modern Man



Fine flasks from Trixie & Milo



Bowtie how-to from Bowyer & Fletcher



Music from Sassparilla






Artist Salon: Bull Run Distilling

Artist Salon: Bull Run Distilling

LAIKA/house neighbor Patrick Bernards of Bull Run Distillery joined us as a guest in our semi-monthly Artist Salon.  He brought tasty liquid treats to sample and talked shop, cocktails and the art of fine spirit making in Oregon. In our glasses:

  • Medoyeff Vodka
  • Pacific Rum (light)
  • Temperance Trader Bourbon



Patrick also came with recipes to toast the spring sunshine.


Named for the number of ingredients, Cynar alone has thirteen, this cocktail is beautifully balanced and addictive.

3 oz MEDOYEFF Vodka 1 oz Cynar Artichoke Bitters 1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice Server over ice or shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.


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Portland's history is deeply rooted in the consumption of fine spirits, in fact, the city used to be home to the largest bar in the world. Erickson's Saloon was founded in the 1880s and was home to a 684 feet mahogany bar. The two-story house of drink took up an entire block between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue on NW Burnside Street.