Bend Distillery and the Micro Distillery Movement


One of my goals with Drink Spirits is to cover the incredible micro distillery movement that is happening across the country. I’ve started that coverage here in my own back yard with Portland’s booming micro distillery industry (there’s now even a site devoted to Portland’s Distillery Row).

Corresponding with many of these micro distilleries, I’ve heard some fantastic stories of some unique spirits, strong expansion and a lot of optimism about the craft spirits industry.  One of the great bits of news I heard was from Jim Bendis, the CEO of Bend Distillery, who said that they are hard at work on a distillery that they are building on 24 acres!

Here’s a cool Bend Distillery promo video which shows some of the things they are up to:

I plan on doing tasting notes and reviews of these and other micro distilled spirits along side the spirits from some of the major liquor companies in the weeks ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how they stack up against each other and what impact these micro distillers will have on the spirits industry in general.

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+Geoff Kleinman, is the founder, and managing editor of He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist and staff reviewer for Whisky Advocate Magazine. Geoff's work has appeared in dozens of major magazines including Playboy Magazine, Black Book, and Mixology Magazine. He is a current sitting judge for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, holds BAR certification from the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, is a Certified Cognac Educator, and a Kentucky Colonel