Join us at the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 16, 17 & 18, 2023 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods. For more information go to https://astoriascanfest.com/.
We’ll be at ScanFair, Nordic Northwest’s annual Christmas market at the Oregon Convention Center on December 10 & 11. Come by our booth for Aquavit Tastings, Glogg, and Aquavit and food pairings from Scandinavian Café.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online and are valid for both days. For more information and to purchase tickets go to https://www.nordicnorthwest.org/scanfair. See you there.
Saturday December 10th: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday December 11th: 10 am to 4 pm
We will be joining Stone Barn Brandyworks to host this event. We have developed two different mini cocktails using Stone Barn Brandyworks Apricot Liqueur and our Aquavit. These, as well as aquavit, whiskey tasting flights, and bottles will be available for purchase. We will feature music provided by Wren, a local funk and soul band, featuring both their original songs and a mix of cover tunes from other artists in that genre.
Location: 3315 SE 19th corner of SE Pershing and 19th in the courtyard on SE 19th Avenue.
Off-street parking available in the Hunter-Davison lots.
Hope to see you there!
Join us at the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 17, 18 & 19, 2022 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods. For more information go to https://astoriascanfest.com/.
Rolling River Spirits was named one of the 14 best distilleries in the west by Sunset Magazine.
Our Rolling River Spirits Ole Bjørkevoll Aquavit is featured in an article by Erin Jones in the SIP Northwest Magazine Summer issue.
Willamette Week article: Viking Drunk. It’s Aquavit Week. Here’s where to get caraway crunk. To read the entire article go to “http://www.wweek.com/2015/12/08/viking-drunk/”
By Matthew Korfhage
Updated December 8
Published December 8
Aquavit is the tequila of Denmark, the vodka of Norway, and the only thing guaranteed to make a Swede sing. The grain liquor is traditionally spiced with a blend of herbs such as anise, caraway and dill. Its name literally means “water of life,” and it was once thought to cure everything from gout to deafness, plus stop the dead from rotting. As an old Danish cookbook from 1616 says, “He who rubs the skin on his head and face with aquavit has always beautiful skin, strengthens the mind and brain.”
But until a decade ago, when Portland distillery House Spirits began making the first American aquavit, it was almost unavailable in the United States. In fact, only Norwegian Linie could be found. Even today, it’s hard to get the Scandie stuff: About half of the aquavits available in the U.S. are made in Oregon and Washington.
To celebrate the obscure but wondrous herbal liquor, local bartender Jacob Grier founded Aquavit Week four years ago, with aquavit cocktails at more than 30 bars till Dec. 12 (full list at aquavitweek.com).
TRADITIONS OF AQUAVIT
Danes do aquavit like a shot of Jack. You raise your shot and clink glasses while always looking your clink partner in the eye (otherwise you lose your hair), tap the glass on the table and down it in one gulp. Then, you down a beer, too. Denmark is basically one giant, well-mannered frat house.
When Swedes drink, they sing—there are around 9,000 drinking songs in the national registry. In 1957, when the Swedes won the world ice hockey championships, they didn’t know the words to their own national anthem so instead they sang a drinking song, “Helan Gar,” which loosely translates as “the whole one goes down.” ABBA and the Cardigans are also best understood only when drunk.
Norwegians drink aquavit like Russians do vodka: with hard bread and pickled fish. If you eat, you drink, and vice versa. Those are the rules. Also, for whatever reason, Norwegian aquavit like Linie is aged in oak on a boat, and must cross the equator twice to be certified as Norwegian aquavit. This reminds the Norwegians of their history as drunken pillagers, but with fewer casualties.
House Spirits Krogstad Aquavit
Just as many American craft gins are floral because of House Spirits’ lavender-rich Aviation, American aquavit leans hard on anise because of the influence of House Spirits’ Krogstad, which tastes like steroidal Fernet.
Rolling River Ole Bjørkevoll
Rolling River is making a specialty out of aquavit, with a fennel-caraway holiday version, a caraway small batch and a very dilly original aquavit that’s light and crisp on the tongue.
Temperance Regnig Dag
Bull Run Distillery’s aquavit is aged in wine barrels and released each December—this year’s batch is sweet and anise-forward, balanced against the crackle of caraway.