America's Coolest Distilleries
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Bull Run Distilling, Portland, OR
When cofounders Lee Medoff and Patrick Bernards partnered to build the distillery of their dreams, they had two goals: to keep the operation as local as possible and to, as Bernards puts it, “go big out of the gate.” They source barley from the southeast corner of Oregon and water from the Bull Run watershed, and the whiskey is finished in barrels made from new Oregon oak. They also designed their own stills and had them built locally. As for going big, those stills are 800 gallons each, tied for the largest west of the Rockies.
Tours: By appointment or by chance; free; bullrundistillery.com.