ROLLING RIVER SPIRITS

Below is Rolling River’s section of the Willamette Week article written by Matthew Singer.  To read the entire Willamette Week article published on November 19, 2014 click here.

 

Rolling River Spirits

1215 SE 8th Ave., Suite H, 236-3912, rollingriverspirits.com.

A distillery tasting room can often feel like the perfume counter at a department store, with a paid shill regurgitating advertising copy while mixing in enough improvised banter to make it seem like a genuine human interaction. At Rolling River, the experience is more like entering a stranger’s living room and having them show off photos of their grandkids. A true mom-and-pop enterprise—or, rather, mom-pop-and-son—head distiller Tim Rickard graduated from homebrewing in 2011 and established Rolling River with his father, Rick, and mother, Joan. Even after moving up to Distillery Row this year, the company remains all in the family, and devoid of pretension: Pouring samples from behind the handsome curved wood bar in their small, open warehouse space, Joan talks up the liquors as if she’s in her kitchen auditioning them for the neighbors. It’s a charmingly homespun operation, but the products are elegant and sophisticated. There are only two being bottled at the moment—an impeccably smooth vodka, made in a still Tim Rickard hand-built himself, and a deliciously flowery gin. But whiskey, flavored rum and an aquavit are in the works. MATTHEW SINGER.

 

Tastings & Tours: 4:30-7 pm Friday, noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, weekdays by appointment. $5 for samples of the vodka and gin, plus a mini-cocktail and complimentary shot glass. A tour isn’t necessary; you can view practically the whole operation from the tasting room.

 

Drink this: The remarkably sippable gin ($26.50), accented by hints of star anise and juniper.

 

Black Friday on Distillery Row 2014

 

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Cut out the middle man this holiday season!

Friday, November 28th, 11am-5pm

Members of Distillery Row are getting into the spirit of the season with their 3rd Annual Black Friday on Distillery Row holiday shopping extravaganza at Melody Ballroom in Southeast Portland.

This free event offers a unique opportunity to sample and purchase bottled spirits from seven Distillery Row distilleries–New Deal DistilleryHouse SpiritsStone Barn Brandyworks,Eastside DistillingVinn DistilleryRolling River Spirits and Wild Roots Vodka–all under one roof.

Also on hand will be samples and goods for sale from several of Portland’s most unique food, beverage, and crafts artisans, including Alma Handmade ChocolatesCardamom Hills Trading CoAlesia Zorn Calligraphy & EngravingLovejoy BakersPortland Bitters ProjectMasala PopMarshall’s Haute SaucePortland CreamerySalt & Straw Ice CreamSmashed! Boozy Jams & JelliesPok Pok Som Drinking VinegarsNW CigarsSage & Sea FarmsMarigold CoffeeOlympic ProvisionsMee Mee’s Goodies, Unique Gardens and more.

The holidays don’t have to be all about giving to others! Come to Black Friday on Distillery Row and indulge yourself! And if you happen to pick up a few things for friends and family…well, we won’t tell.

For more information go to DistilleryRowPDX or Distillery Row’s Facebook Page.

Free registration on Eventbrite.  Register early for a chance to win new 2015 Distillery Row Passports, shotglasses, and other goodies!

ROLLING RIVER SPIRITS VODKA

Reviewed by Pour Fool – read article here and below.

 95 Points 

100% Grain Vodka 80 Proof Portland, OR, USA

When I received this bottle of Rolling River Vodka, I had a few expectations. I have a loose (okay, very loose) network of folks who clue me in on what’s happenin’ in far-flung places that I don’t have time (or sometimes interest) to see for myself. Portland isn’t all that far away and I get down there fairly often but I hadn’t been to RR to taste. I sure heard about it, though. Brewers and winemakers and bloggers and readers had all told me, “You GOTTA go to Rolling River…dude.” So – ignoring the “dude” thing – I had made an actual paper note that says, “Visit Rolling River Spirits“, which sits in my sad, busted-ass, old canvas wallet right now. Little did I suspect that Rolling River would wind up coming to me.   Continue reading

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Daydream~
This series asks us to question what happens when we let our dreams inhabit bodies in our waking worlds. The paintings work to tell a story without beginning, without necessary end. These are stories wherein the viewer holds each answer in their exploration of color and image as the paintings open themselves, each a small gift, a secret private and beautiful. When we let ourselves ride in that shadow-space between wakefulness and dream, images are alive in a swirl of calm and readiness. Whatever we carry from our pasts and into our present is allowed room within these paintings. Where the crow crowns herself queen and the wings of creatures are more than we imagined, these images give us an opportunity to see past ourselves and into what we wish.

Thus far, Daydream is a 27-piece series in which acrylic paint is applied to stretched canvas. The abstract background in each piece consists of a variety of textures, stamping, and a blend of bold, earthy tones achieved through use of a variety of carved vegetables. The images are inherently organic and speak to a collective creative consciousness, both through the execution from mind-to-canvas, and through their interpretation from canvas-to-mind.

Bio~

Shanna Trumbly was born into a family of highly creative individuals who always encouraged her passion for art. Three generations of Oregonian creativity produced a child determined to offer her unique vision of both the natural and imagined world.

At nineteen, Shanna graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle where she studied graphic design, anatomy, illustration, and life drawing. After graduation, she moved to Portland, Oregon and became a member of the Portland Saturday Market. Shanna’s art has been birthed through many different mediums such as clay sculpture, glass torch work, mosaics, leather sculpture, and, recently, a clothing line.
While Shanna began giving life to her illustrations using colored pencil, she realized upon completion of her first painting, “The Unforgettable Kiss” her true love was the fluidity and challenge of acrylic paint on canvas.
Her remarkable series “Daydream” explores the playfulness of wakeful dreaming and how the search for meaning in our lightly conscious world can reveal a new and vivid Self. She incorporates myth, the liquidity of the unconscious mind, and a profound and whimsical respect for the inhabitants of the natural world within each gorgeously wrought image.

Her works can be found online, at a variety of shows on the west coast, a number of galleries and boutiques, and at the Eugene Saturday Market.           www.trumblydesigns.com

Join us this Friday, November 7th, 4:30 – 8:00 pm for First Friday – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk.   Shanna Trumbly presents her remarkable series “Daydream”

“Daydream” explores the playfulness of wakeful dreaming and how the search for meaning in our lightly conscious world can reveal a new and vivid Self. She incorporates myth, the liquidity of the unconscious mind, and a profound and whimsical respect for the inhabitants of the natural world within each gorgeously wrought image.

Her works can be found online, at a variety of shows on the west coast, a number of galleries and boutiques, and at the Eugene Saturday Market.           www.trumblydesigns.com