Inside the Guidebook


Learn about how, when, and why distilleries in Portland were established.

Build Your Bar

Advice on building a home bar of local Portland purveyors and spirits.

Tasting Tips

Expert tips for tasting and enjoying liquor without making a puke face.

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Editorial Reviews

Karen Locke takes readers on a hooch-soaked tour of the Rose City’s craft distilling scene, with behind-the-scenes approach to the faces and places of the local industry. From a tutorial on tasting spirits like a seasoned bartender and a how-to on stocking your home bar, to top joints for creative cocktails and fast-facts on the featured producers, the pint-sized guidebook acts as an essential escort to one of the densest distilling regions in the country. – Sip Northwest

“As Portland, Oregon, takes its place as one of the most popular drinking and eating meccas of the country, Karen Locke is your spirited guide through the city and state’s best spirits producers, artisan beverages, hangover cures and more. You will love High-Proof PDX — it’s the book to have in your car or purse to find the best spirits, histories, and people the region has to offer.” – Carrie Welch, Co-Founder, Feast Portland

“When it comes to travel (especially to Portland), there is no better question than “which bar or restaurant should I check out next?” That’s why we wanted to sit down with someone who could answer that question with gusto. Karen Locke has been writing tips for best food and drink spots in Portland only a month after moving to the west coast from Minneapolis in 2011. She has a delightful fondness for all things culinary and sips.” – Brittany of Sun Country View, Sun Country Airlines’ blog

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