TOAST is a tasting event that brings together the best small-batch, handcrafted spirits as 40+ distillers from the Pacific Northwest dole out samples of more than 150 spirits. It’s like a beer festival, but with high-proof drinking options and less chanting. Here are the five reasons you shouldn’t miss the 7th Annual TOAST presented by Bruni Glass at Leftbank Annex from 4 PM – 10 PM on February 18! Already know you want to go? Buy tickets here.
More than 150 spirits
For just $45 you can try any spirits from more than 40 distilleries in the Pacific Northwest. This includes entry, tastings, bites and commemorative glass. For VIP status you can pay $65 for entry, tastings, bites, commemorative glass, two cocktail tickets, access to the VIP balcony with private bar and distillers after party.
Some of the distilleries you’ll see: 4 Spirits Distillery, Aria Portland Dry Gin, Crater Lake Spirits, Big Bottom Distillery, Bull Run Distillery, Clear Creek Distillers, Double Circle Spirits, Elixir, Heritage Distilling Co., Hood River Distillers, House Spirits Distillery, Indio Spirits, New Deal Distillery, Oregon Grain Growers Distillery, and Rogue Spirits.
Meet distillers and expert distillery employees
Even if you don’t score VIP tickets to the distillers’ after party, the distillers and tasting room employees will be there to answer your questions. Don’t be afraid to ask about the product lines! Our distillers in the Pacific Northwest are very knowledgeable and this is one opportunity to learn a bit more about spirits and liqueur.
Support the Guild and the industry
The Oregon Distillers Guild is a nonprofit organization promoting the common interests of distillers in Oregon, and a driving force behind TOAST. The Guild “spreads the good word that Oregon is a premier destination for spirit aficionados, while furthering our post-Prohibition legislative agenda, all in order to sustain and build a thriving craft spirits industry.” By attending TOAST, you not only support the guild’s initiative, you support the distillers too.
New spirits you didn’t know existed
Even spirit aficionados can learn about new spirits at TOAST. For instance, there’s an agave spirit made by Cannon Beach Distillery, and it’s not Tequila. Il Keyote is made from 100% organic Blue Weber Agave sourced from Jalisco, but that’s about as close to tequila as it gets. Grow your knowledge base with spirits such as this at TOAST. Purveyors in our region are coming up with new products often and TOAST is one event where you’ll experience many in one place.
Small plates by local chefs
Unlike beer festivals, your tickets for TOAST are all-inclusive, meaning you’ll have access to bites and small plates by five top Portland chefs. This year’s restaurants include Boke Bowl, Proletariat Butchery, Smokehouse Tavern, Verdigris and The Waiting Room.
If you’ve been to a beer festival, you’ve also experienced the random intervals of chanting that erupt from the crowd. Beer festivals are great but the vibes at TOAST differ slightly. Beware though, in years past dropped and shattered commemorative glasses has generated some cheering. While some people at TOAST will get accidentally very drunk, the average TOAST attendee is well-behaved and excited to learn about spirits and liquor. Don’t be afraid to share a high-top table—you’ll have all of the liquid courage, and knowledge to strike up conversation after a few visits with the distillers.
7th Annual TOAST presented by Bruni Glass at Leftbank Annex from 4 PM – 10 PM on February 18! Buy tickets here.
Photos via TOAST Facebook.