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raise a craft glass

April 26, 2016

I recently had the pleasure to attend a really unique pop-up event in New York!


Portland Tourism and House Spirits Distillery teamed up to raise a glass to the Rose City, Portland Oregon and celebrate the crafty alcoholic beverages that are coming out of the neighborhood Distillery Row.


Here I had the pleasure to meet Christian Krogstad founder of the craft beverage company House Spirits Distillery - discover what goes into created craft beverages and how Portland is leading the charge in this emerging market


The event was hosted at the gorgeous Madam Geneva bar in Soho


 the craft beverages were ready for consumption!

 I got to sample their signature gin - Aviation - super delicious

 just with a little cucumber and paradise was on the menu!

Here's a sneak peak video inside this event


I just love the design of the bottle too - I often drink Hendriks gin but can tell you this Aviation gin is superb!

the food was exquisite - pretty sure people in Portland know how to put on a spread!



the menu was set!

happy Gin face :)

 happiness just might be in a Gin bottle - but always drink in moderation people - and moderately well too !


 My fave drink of the evening it's called The Jam Drink

You will find craft beverages slightly more expensive than regualr alcoholic beverages - the main reasons for these elevated prices are ingredients, like esoteric components, sustainable farming methods and pricey hyper-local sourcing drive up costs.


The production and methods factor in as well (craft alcohol is often harvested and/or produced by hand instead of machine using complicated and fragile equipment) as does time (aging alcohol that could be sold earlier is costly). These are the most commonly cited reasons for high prices. Some say it's like comparing a homemade cooked turkey to a microwavable dinner! 


The quality of crafted beverages is truly evident in the taste!


I got to met the Founder of House Spirits Distillery, Christian Krogstad and interview him too - check out my video to see all!


 you saw it here first people - make sure you check out House Spirits Distillery when you're next in Portland - Christian would be happy to give you a tour!

 the hero shot!! the all American Gin




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