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Clear Creek Distillery, Portland

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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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  • July 21, 2017
    Yum. If you like the taste of pear, it really shows in their liqueur and brandy. Do try and get some. The tasting was very reasonably priced and enjoyable.  more »
  • June 4, 2017
    We stopped here about 45 minutes before they closed and we were not disappointed. Hester was a great educator on brandy, liqueur and grappa. For $5.00 you get your choice of tastings and a free glass....  more »
  • April 23, 2017
    Who knew (not me) brandy can be distilled from any number of fruits, savories, etc.! I'm originally from Wisconsin, the whole state drinks brandy...except me! Tastes from Cedar Creek have changed my m...  more »
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  • March 27, 2017
    Grappa, Cherry Brandy.... Mind Blowing Wonderful...
  • December 27, 2016
    german time 21:58 , a great evening with friends and a bottle McCarthy`s. oktober 2016 we spend 5 days in portland and visit this famous disttilery. we got a guided tour in destillery with comprehensive explanation . nice single malt. good job great thanks for this famous whiskey. ( sry for my bad english -,- )
  • June 26, 2016
    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.
  • September 28, 2016
    Clear Creek Brewery in Wyoming is way better than this cheap disgusting distillery. I have been to both and the name Clear Creek makes alot more sense in Wyoming. The only water close to the distillery is Williamette River and it isn't very clear. I recommend not visiting this distillery. Check out Clear Creek Brewery in Buffalo, Wyoming.
  • February 19, 2016
    Wide variety of liquor like brandy, grappa and whisky. Interesting choices. Too bad there wasn't enough whisky for tasting :(

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