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
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 Distillery, House Spirits, Stone Barn Brandyworks,Eastside Distilling, Vinn Distillery, Rolling 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 Chocolates, Cardamom Hills Trading Co, Alesia Zorn Calligraphy & Engraving, Lovejoy Bakers, Portland Bitters Project, Masala Pop, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, Portland Creamery, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Smashed! Boozy Jams & Jellies, Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegars, NW Cigars, Sage & Sea Farms, Marigold Coffee, Olympic Provisions, Mee 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.
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