Oregon Distillers Festival

It was hot, even in the shade of the Fir Grove last weekend at the Oregon Distillers Festival out at Edgefield in Troutdale.

I poured Rye four ways- Straight, the Cherry Adam Barrel-Aged, the Hard Eight Unoaked, and in a cocktail called the Picard Sour- an earl Grey infused rye lemonade, perfect for a hot day.

There was a steady line for the cocktail, perhaps attracted by the sound of ice in a metal shaker.

Here's a link to the recipe:  Picard Sour

I had picked up 7 cases of apricots from Growers Outlet on my way there which were trying to stay cool in the shade behind my booth, but all of them needed to be processed the next day due to the heat.

Finished the evening with a  wonderful cocktail in the Black Rabbit Bar  named "TREAD LIGHTLY"  McMenamins Hogshead Whiskey, Cynar Artichoke Liqueur, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, orange zest.


Early Summer Bounty

We are immersed in a flush of color and produce!  These days you can find us madly cutting, cooking, straining, reducing Robada apricots and blackening our fingers slicing green walnuts to immerse in our rye spirits. We expect to have our Biggs Junction Apricot Liqueur ready mid July and come the end of November release our 2015 Nocino.

This weekend's drinks: The Picard Sour & the Stone Barn Eightball

On a hot weekend in June we made two drinks that were both a hit in the warm weather.  Both used the Hard Eight Rye pictured below.

The First drink was the Stone Barn Eightball-

Equal parts lemon juice, rye whiskey, simple  syrup.  Some orange bitters.  Shake hard to get some froth and pour into a glass. Top with ginger beer.  Garnish with a lemon ring

I was serving it up, but on fresh ice in a highball glass was also the original idea.  Next time I might even mash a half lemon at the bottom of the high ball glass.

For the 2nd drink, I made a trial batch of Earl Grey-infused simple syrup from a giant tin of Earl Grey tea brought back in bulk from London earlier this year.  A tasting room customer watching me strain the black tea out of the syrup remarked that Earl Grey was the tea of choice for Captain Picard. A drink is born......

So, for the Picard Sour, equal parts Earl Grey-infused simple syrup, rye, and lemon juice.  Bitters optional.  The brown syrup provides a wonderful rich color to the cocktail, and the lemon provides a welcome refreshment on hot days as we had this weekend.

Stone Barn closes early Saturday May 30, to enter the Coffeelandia liqueur contest, Red Wing Roast Coffee in Hand!

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In honor of and participation in Coffeelandia 2015, our tasting room will close at 4:30 pm this Saturday, May 30th. Over on 7th and Oak, come 5 pm Sebastian will be pouring Stone Barn's Red Wing Roast Coffee Liqueur.  If you'd enjoy sampling the array of coffee spirits- including coffee beer- Oregon has to offer- and vote on your favorites- come on by!