Team spirit: Portland’s House Spirits Distillery opens a stylish new tasting room

Portland’s House
Portland’s House Spirits Distillery inaugurated a new facility this week, which makes it the largest (and most inviting) distillery in the Pacific Northwest region
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With the American craft distillery movement in full swing, it comes as no surprise that even niche producers are taking their operations to the big time. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the wellspring of all things artisanal, is House Spirits Distillery, the maker behind craft spirits such as Aviation American Gin, Volstead Vodka, Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey and Krogstad Aquavit, just to name a few.

Business must be good seeing as House Spirits inaugurated a new facility this week, which makes it the largest (and most inviting) distillery in the Pacific Northwest region. House Spirits’ new home includes expanded production facilities and a stylish new tasting room designed by the design firm Osmose Design, who have also created interiors for Stumptown Coffee Roasters and the ice cream parlour, Salt & Straw.

For House Spirits' tasting room, Osmose Design set out to create an elegant, yet exciting experience by carving out a large viewing window that frames the distillery’s large stills and manufacturing space. A Corian-topped bar in front of it provides a stylish perch for visitors to sample the goods. Halfway across the room, an eye-catching archive showcases the company’s limited edition bottles, which are displayed on Douglas fir risers. The company’s full range of offerings is displayed in wooden cubby shelves on another wall, together with awards and accolades won over the years.

By using a minimal material palette of black MDF wood, Douglas fir and aluminium, the tasting room retains a sense of sophistication without being overly serious. A splash of patterned Bolon tiles runs across the concrete floor, while a display case of branded merchandise, bar accessories and cocktail books means you probably won’t leave empty handed.

The new home has opened a stylish tasting room

The new home has opened a stylish tasting room, designed by the interior design firm, Osmose Design

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An eye-catching archive showcases the company’s limited edition bottles

An eye-catching archive showcases the company’s limited edition bottles, which are displayed on Douglas fir risers

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Wooden cubby shelves

Its full range of offerings is displayed in wooden cubby shelves on another wall, together with awards and accolades won over the years

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Left: a view of the tasting room. Right: the distillery’s expanded production facility

Left: a view of the tasting room. Right: the distillery’s expanded production facility

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House Spirits Distillery

House Spirits Distillery was founded in 2004 and is considered the anchor of Portland’s distillery row

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INFORMATION

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For more information, please visit the House Spirits Distilery website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

House Spirits Distillery
65 SE Washington Street
Portland, Oregon

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.