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.

High-Proof PDX in the Press

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DRINK LOCAL with Victoria Bar & Distillery Row

What: Victoria Bar is hosting a local distiller’s round up in participation with The Bar Institute. Even if you’re not a bartender or attending Bar Institute, you’re welcome to explore the […]

Correction: Shrub Works Company

It is with my apology that I must make a correction to the Shrub Works Company’s entry in “High-Proof PDX.” Incorrectly stated is the name of the founder of Shrub […]

EVENT: High-Proof PDX Launch Party

What: A celebration for the release of the book “High-Proof PDX: A Spirited Guide to Portland’s Craft Distilling Scene” by Karen Locke and Overcup Press. When: September 7th from 5-10 PM Where: Bit […]

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“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

HIGH-PROOF PDX: A Spirited Guide to Portland’s Craft Distilling Scene explores the Portland culture of drinking and the local distilleries that make the Rose City a world-class drinking city. Locke explores the ever-growing distillery scene in Portland that now boasts having the largest amount of distilleries of any city (as well as breweries). It’s these distillers that also help feed the local cocktail culture in Portland. The scene of mixologists has exploded over the past few years and Portland boasts some of the best out there.” – D.J. Paul of Brewpublic