House Spirits Distillery Unveils Rare and Original American Malt Whiskey

Small Batch Bottling of Portland-Produced Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey to

Roll Out Nationally in 2013


 PORTLAND, Ore. (January  2013) – House Spirits Distillery, the Portland-based craft distillery known for the award-winning Aviation American Gin, announced today the launch of Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey.

Westward is an original malt whiskey that is inspired by the Irish tradition, but crafted in a unique and distinctively American style.  Every hand-numbered bottle begins with a wash of 100 percent locally sourced Northwest two-row barley, which is then fermented with Scottish and American ale yeasts and double pot distilled for exceptional character and depth.  This rare spirit matures in full-size, two-char new American oak barrels for at least two years, allowing Oregon’s dry, hot summers and wet, cold winters to contribute to its rich, smooth flavor.

“Christian and I are whiskey lovers at heart, so it seemed only natural for us to take that passion and turn it into a uniquely flavorful malt whiskey that fellow whiskey lovers will enjoy,” said Thomas Mooney, co-owner and CEO of House Spirits.

Available immediately in California and Oregon, Westward whiskey will be available in New York and DC in April, and it will roll out to other markets over the next few months. The anticipated retail price for a 375ml bottle is $49.99.  West Coast retailers stocking Westward include The Wine House, K&L Wine Merchants, Beltramo’s, San Francisco Wine Traders, Hi-Time Liquor, and Cask.  Leading restaurants and bars pouring Westward include Seven Grand, Wood and Vine, Ray’s and Stark, Chateau Marmont, and Son of a Gun.

Christian Krogstad, the founder and master distiller of House Spirits, added that “we have taken something rooted in tradition and created an inventive, new style of whiskey that captures the terroir of the Northwest.”

About House Spirits Distillery

House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling resurgence, and the anchor of Portland’s famous “distillery row.”  Its award-winning products are batch-distilled with an intense, passionate, near-obsessive pursuit of quality using ethically sourced ingredients, and they include Aviation American Gin, Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey, Krogstad Aquavit, and a line of limited release small-batch spirits.  House Spirits has developed a loyal following among food and beverage connoisseurs, and its brands are distributed nationally by Southern Wine & Spirits, RNDC, and other leading wholesalers. For more information please visit

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