Secrets of Perfect Cocktails Revealed!
Saturday, April 4th, Noon-5pm

What better way to learn to improve your cocktail game than to go straight to the source? Let the master craftsmen of Distillery Row show you how it’s done! After all, they make the spirits so they know how to best bring out the subtle nuances and bold flavors of their products in both simple and more complex concoctions. Let them help demystify your cocktail!

Join Eastside Distilling, Vinn Distillery, New Deal Distillery, Stone Barn Brandyworks, House Spirits, Rolling River, Wild Roots Vodka, and Thomas & Sons Distillery on Saturday, April 4th for an afternoon of spirits tasting and cocktail instruction. The event features all eight Distillery Row distilleries under one roof with over 50 products including gins, whiskeys, brandies, vodkas, rums, and specialty spirits. Visit each distillery booth for sampling and to learn more about how the spirits are made.

Throughout the day mixologists from each distillery will present on a wide range of topics from basic mixology to more specialized tips and information—all of which will allow you to take your cocktail-making skills to the next level. The presentations will focus on “home-bartending” and offer a unique opportunity to see (and taste) first-hand cocktails you can make and serve at home. Topics include herbs and the role of ice in cocktails, balancing, introduction to bitters, making the perfect punch for entertaining, tools of the trade, infusions, and more.

The Cocktail Demystified is designed to get you up and running as a home bartender. You’ll be able to taste new spirits, learn how to use them in cocktails, receive recipes, and even buy the spirits to take home. So fear no more … come learn how to conquer the cocktail!

Saturday, April 4th
Melody Ballroom
Noon-5 pm
$10 advance tickets
$15 at door

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The Organic/Vortex series by John Gamboa

Artist’s Statement:

The Spirit of the Work: This series of paintings represents years of developing not only a personal style, but a new technique for creating a sustainable series of exciting paintings. Although I am usually alone when I paint, I only create these pieces when I am in a performer’s state of mind; these pieces are the result of physical activity that is focused, intense and emotionally vulnerable, as I feel either thrills or frustration with them as they are transformed from molten chaos into radiant order.

I use the term “Organic” for any of my images that neither represent nor are abstracted from some real subject, but are entire compositions that grow spontaneously and innocently of themselves. Although I prepare the ground and select the colors with care, once I am actually working with the paint on the panel, I watch what develops with minimal guidance. I also use the term organic because many of these paintings look like flowers or some other living thing and I wish to evoke that association.

The term “Vortex” refers specifically to my organic pieces created by cutting spiral patterns into thick oil paint.   Continue reading

Join us and 40 other distillers this weekend at the Leftbank Annex, March 7th, 4pm-10pm for the 5th annual TOAST.

The 5th Annual Toast event is an opportunity to taste from a wide variety of over 120 spirits from across the Northwest, the Country and the Globe.  TOAST allows small distillers and producers to showcase their handcrafted spirits, while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the diversity and quality of craft spirits from Oregon and beyond.

For more information and tickets:   http://oregondistillerytrail.com/general-information

Join us on Friday March 6 from 4:30 to 8 pm for First Friday – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk.

The Organic/Vortex series by John Gamboa 

The Spirit of the Work: This series of paintings represents years of developing not only a personal style, but a new technique for creating a sustainable series of exciting paintings.  I use the term “Organic” for any of my images that neither represent nor are abstracted from some real subject, but are entire compositions that grow spontaneously and innocently of themselves.  The term “Vortex” refers specifically to my organic pieces created by cutting spiral patterns into thick oil paint.

For more information on John Gamboa: www.johngamboa.com

 

ON COLORING | An Exhibition on Art History & Coloring  – February 6 – March 1

Curator, artist and author Catherine Haley Epstein has arranged a colorful exhibition of works by local and national artists.

February 6th – March 1st, Rolling River Spirits will display an exhibition of beautifully colored posters by 13 professional artists from throughout the US. The images are from her coloring book In a True Democracy the Many are Obligated to the Few, and are an homage to contemporary artists and thinkers. The exercise in coloring is an exercise in distilling art history and playing with the seriousness that is “Art”. There will also be a colorful mural of 22 soup can images inspired by Andy Warhol and executed by local third graders.

Proceeds from the sale of the works, and coloring books will go to arts in education programming.

Artists: Analisa Goodin (CA), Angela Voulgarelis (NY), Ann Ploeger (OR), Carla Repice (NY), Chris Leib (CA), Cynthia Mossier (OR), Luke Dolkas (OR), Meghan Hunt (MD), Diane Jacobs (OR), Paolo Salvagione (CA), Patrick Hinds (OR), MJ Dowling (CO), Tereza Swanda (MA), Dorothy Fox Elementary School 3rd Graders

For more information on Catherine Haley Epstein: www.mindmarrow.com

Join us on Friday February 6 from 4:30 to 8 pm for First Friday – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk.

ON COLORING | An Exhibition on Art History & Coloring presented by Catherine Haley Epstein
Curator, artist and author Catherine Haley Epstein presents an exhibition of beautifully colored posters by 13 professional artists from throughout the US. The images are from her coloring book In a True Democracy the Many are Obligated to the Few, and are an homage to contemporary artists and thinkers. The exercise in coloring is an exercise in distilling art history and playing with the seriousness that is “Art”. There will also be a colorful mural of 22 soup can images inspired by Andy Warhol and executed by local third graders.

For more information on Catherine Haley Epstein: www.mindmarrow.com

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