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Clear Creek Distillery, Portland

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
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4.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Clear Creek Distillery is a distillery based in Portland, Oregon. Clear Creek Distillery is most well known for its eau de vie, though today the company also makes a variety of other fruit brandy, aged spirits, and liqueurs.HistoryClear Creek Distillery was founded in 1986 by Stephen McCarthy in order to begin producing distilled spirits from the abundant fruit crop of Oregon.The McCarthy family had owned orchards in Oregon since the turn of the century, but shortly before the distillery's founding, Stephen McCarthy ran the family's alternative business of manufacturing hunting gun parts. This endeavor required travel to Europe, where Stephen encountered the Alsace tradition of producing pear eau de vie. He realized that the Williams pear, very popular for eau de vie production in Europe, was virtually the same as the Bartlett pears grown widely in Oregon, and thus he created his first batches of the spirit in 1985.Though Oregon wine was already internationally respected by the 1980s, true European-style fruit brandies were still considered very unusual in the United States at the time, and few American companies produced them. Today Clear Creek Distillery is one of the best known American eau de vie distilleries, though the beverage is still a niche product not well-understood by U.S. drinkers. The company was sold to Hood River Distillers in 2014.ProductsBased on the traditional eau de vie de Poire Williams, Clear Creek Distillery's pear eau de vie is its most popular product, and it also sells a limited edition version with a pear grown inside the bottle.
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  • Would suggest the tasting as it is $5 a person for five choices and you get a free glass. The flavors are nice with some being very strong and memorable. Check out the pear in a bottle brandy. Warning...  read more »
  • We went there solely to try their famous Scotch style whiskey. However we discovered a whole new vice by trying their wonderful brandies. The staff was very friendly and helpful. 
  • We skipped the more popular Distillery Row on the other side of the river for this quaint distillery with liqueurs derived from Oregon fruits. We specifically went to try the single malt whisky they o...  read more »
  • We were just their tasting at CLEAR CREEK. Lovely young lady serving us. Really worth the stop for Brandy and Liqueurs. Purchased the Cranberry Liqueur. Not to sweet wonderful taste.
  • Wide variety of liquor like brandy, grappa and whisky. Interesting choices. Too bad there wasn't enough whisky for tasting :(
  • I was walking around NW today when I noticed a building with a large sign reading 'Clear Creek Distillery.' I was familiar with their brandy and as we got closer I realized they've got a tasting room that's open to the public! Five minutes later we were inside sipping free samples of grappa, brandy, liquor, and whiskey. The saleswoman was very knowledgeable and friendly (and generously gave us five samples each). She didn't even hassle us into buying anything, though I had a hard time leaving without buying a few small bottles for holiday presents. Definitely worth a stop (and a sip)!
  • Their pear brandy is a work of art
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