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Oregon Distillers Guild to hold public spirits tasting event in Portland

Organic Nation Spirits -click for web link and contact information.Diane Paulson, owner of Ashland artisan distillery Organic Nation Spirits, announces that the Oregon Distillers Guild (ODG) will be showcasing local and national craft spirits at Oregon’s 1st Spring Distillers Festival on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at the Tiffany Center in SW Portland. This will be an opportunity to taste the incredible variety of craft spirits being produced in Oregon and around the country, all in one location. Distillers and Owners will be on hand to pour samples and answer questions. There will be an estimated 40–60 distilleries pouring.

“T.O.A.S.T.: The Oregon Artisan Spirit Tasting,” Oregon Distillers Guild’s fundraiser and tasting event, will coincide with the ADI national conference in Portland this Spring. 2011 is the first year that the American Distilling Institute (ADI) will hold their annual conference outside of Louisville or San Francisco—and they chose Portland. We thought it only fitting, then, that the first ODG spirit tasting coincide with ADI’s conference. ADI will be bringing 300–400 of its members to Portland for the first week of April. T.O.A.S.T. will be an opportunity for the ODG to promote the diversity and quality of Oregon’s distillation industry to a national audience. Many of ADI’s members will also be pouring samples of their own products at T.O.A.S.T., making it an ideal opportunity for the public to experience spirits that may not be available in Oregon.

The Oregon Bartenders Guild will also be on hand, mixing and pouring samples of cocktails featuring local spirits. This will allow show attendees to experience how some of the spirits being tasted at T.O.A.S.T. can be used in actual cocktails. As the bartenders mix their drinks, they will also be discussing the hows and whys of the techniques they are using, making this an opportunity for the public to learn about the art and skills involved in mixing cocktails.

Mayor Sam Adams will be the guest of honor, speaking at 5:30.

This event is restricted to adults 21 and over.

The Oregon Distillers Guild is the nation’s first distillers guild. The ODG is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting Oregon spirits both locally and nationally, promoting Oregon as the premier tourist destination for spirit aficionados, and supporting legislative agendas beneficial to our industry and the small business community.

Find more details at the Oregon Distiller’s Guild website or the event’s facebook page.

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