House Spirits Distillery have announced they have started construction on a new public tasting room which is designed by Osmose, the same company behind Salt & Straw, Ava Gene’s and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Presently under construction in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, the new facility will be the largest distilling operation in Oregon when it starts up in September 2015. The site will include a 1,100-square foot public tasting room that will tell the story behind each of House Spirits Distillery’s brands: its flagship Aviation American Gin, Krogstad Aquavit, Volstead Vodka, Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey, and limited edition spirits that will only be available at the tasting room. The tasting room will also feature a large viewing window to connect visitors with the distillery’s actual production area.
“We are beyond excited to be working with House Spirits Distillery,” Hess said. “And we found a good challenge in designing an environment that both showcases their vision and product while creating a dynamic space that will be a thrill to visit—and taste.”
Establishing a new, larger facility was critical to accommodate HSD’s rapid growth, as demand for the company’s craft spirits began to outstrip its capacity to produce them.
“Our new distillery is the culmination of a dream that is more than 10 years in the making,” said Thomas Mooney, co-owner and CEO of House Spirits. “And we’re thrilled to have found a site in our home of SE Portland that will meet growing demand for many years to come. Our new distillery will allow us to tell the unique story behind each of our brands, and we’re thrilled to have Osmose Design as our partner in creating a great experience for our visitors.”
The new House Spirits distillery and tasting room will be partially funded by a grant from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) Storefront Improvement Program. “I’m pleased PDC is assisting HSD’s expansion,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “The tasting room give the public a window into the kind of craft manufacturing that makes the Central Eastside such a vital part of Portland’s economy.”