First Weekend of the Month- Cocktail Demo at Distillery Row


Rye waiting for labels
This is the first in a series where on the first weekend of each month, each distillery in Distillery Row features their own version of the same cocktail so you enjoy the variations at each tasting room, see how you can craft a classic cocktail using a variety of spirits, and even to learn how to make ‘em.

Green Walnuts, June 2015

At Stone Barn we will be making the Midnight Manhattan, using our Rye and our Nocino.  The Nocino, a pinot noir brandy based bitter spirit, takes the place of vermouth in a classic Manahattan.  Alternatively, one might blend the two in order to calibrate to one's own taste.

Erika and I just got back from Hamburg, Germany.  Winter Fischmarkt on Sundays is a blast- beer and fried flounder at 6 AM.  We also enjoyedbuying alcohol in bulk from glass dispensers in some liquor stores-  I sampled several grappas (whisky was being sold that way too).  This has put me in the mood to use grappa-soaked raisins as a Manhattan garnish while they last.

Hamburg Winter Sunday Fishmarkt at Dawn

Regular Winter hours at the tasting room all weekend, even with the Super Bowl.

Comice Pear Crush

Comice in from the rain
We make a Comice brandy, as well as a Bartlett pear.  Two years ago we were serving both and found that 3 out of 4 people preferred the Bartlett, but the 4th enjoyed the Comice better.  Why?   The Comice is less sweet to the palate, more a fall flavor, whereas our Bartlett tastes like the height of summer, bright, and an awesome nose. For some reason whiskey drinkers often prefer Comice- perhaps the dry spiciness?   The Comice, like most other pear varietals we have tried to distill, lacks the specific ester that distinguishes the Bartlett pear brandy from all others.  Still, it is a tastier pear to eat, and we get some particular late harvest Comice pears from EZ Orchards in the Salem area which are so sweet, they are most enjoyable to eat while we make the brandy mash.  We are making Comice brandy now, after all the Bartlett have already come and gone.

We use most of our Comice brandy in a Star Crimson Pear liqueur- a combination of syrup made from red-skinned Star Crimson pears, and we bring the liqueur to 40 proof (20% abv with a combination of Comice and Bartlett pear brandy.  This makes the pear liqueur a combination of three pears and is one of our most popular late fall seasonal liqueurs.

Stone Barn Offers Rye Distilling Workshop January 16, 2016

This winter class will allow whiskey-enthusiasts to participate first hand in the making of a small batch of rye whiskey over the course of 7 hours in a small craft distillery in the heart of SE Portland.  We plan on addressing the basics of making whiskey from scratch- 

Join distiller Andy Garrison and Stuart Ramsey of  Ramsay’s Dram, Academy of Whisky. as they demonstrate the fine art of rye whiskey-making.

The Rye Workshop will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9:30-4:30.

The class includes a catered lunch, enjoyed family-style around a large working table.  There will be educational tastings throughout the day of spirits in the works and finished whiskies to demonstrate a process or illustrate a point. 

For more details click here.

Imbibe and Inhale at Stone Barn and Botanic eLiquids

A selection of  bottles and vapes.
Holiday Open House Thursday December 17, 6-9 pm.
Join us for a sensory and fun shopping experience

Stone Barn will provide complimentary tasting flights of our winter releases- Tawny Duet (an all pinot noir port), our new Straight Rye with chocolate malt, and this year's Nocino. We'll have seasonal favorites - like Quince Liqueur and Star Crimson Pear Liqueur- on hand also, along with Cranberry Liqueur, Apricot Liqueur, Bartlett Pear Brandy, Straight Oat Whiskey, all available for purchase.

Our new neighbors are joining in to co-host!  Botanic eLiquids crafts organic, (nicotine-free) herbal eLiquids for vaporization.  They are blends of herbs, citruses, mint, and spices which benefit health and well being. Botanic eLiquids will offer unlimited vaporizing samples in Suite F, and have kits for sale as well.

Come on over to inundate your senses with vapors and spirits.

Hope to see you on the 17th!

Stone Barn at Adrienne Stacey's Pottery Home Show this Friday, December 4, 6-9 pm at 3434 SE Brooklyn Street in Portland

I will bring fixings to gift wrap the bottles........
We are honored to be part of this event.  Adrienne is our favorite Portland potter, and we own several of her pieces and appreciate their beauty and functionality every time we use them.

Stone Barn will offering tastings and bottle sales.  I will bring our newly bottled Nocino, (green walnut liqueur) our Star Crimson Pear Liqueur, Cranberry Liqueur and our barrel aged Straight Rye Whiskey.