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And Booze Too!

Portland is known for its beer, but that’s not all we’re good at, and Bull Run Distilling Company is one of the reasons why.

Founded by acclaimed Portland distiller Lee Medoff, the co-founder of House Spirits, Bull Run Distilling Company looks for raw ingredients with a focused flavor. Their two 800 gallon stills are the largest in the state, in keeping with Medoff’s dream of putting Oregon on the distilling map with an Oregon whiskey.

They continue to produce the popular Medoyeff Vodka as well as whiskey, rum, and “Temperance” small-batch, limited release spirits.

Medoyeff Vodka:

The practice of drinking vodka with mixers and ice is wholly western in origin. There is no cocktail culture in Eastern Europe. They drink their Vodka straight and therefore look for natural flavor and mouth feel from the raw vodka. It’s with this in mind that we have created Medoyeff Vodka, the first Russian-American vodka.

Using what he learned from his visits to Russian and Ukrainian vodka distilleries years ago, our head distiller uses a combination of charcoal and limestone to slowly filtering every drop of Medoyeff. This process removes any impurities, while retaining the natural character of the spirit. In fact, the limestone actually imparts a subtle minerally character to the finish that adds to the overall taste and complexity of Medoyeff. The resulting spirit is so unmistakably Russian you’re libel to shout “Na zdorovie” after just a sip.

Tasting Notes:

Sight: clear and viscous
Nose: clean, anise, herbal
Initial Palate: slight sweet and spicy
Mouth Feel: bright and bracing, full, weighty and lingering
Finishing Palate: mineral notes, needle, clean

How Best to Enjoy:

Straight…as a perfect companion to food
With a citrus twist…we like grapefruit
In your favorite cocktail…try a classic
Always from the freezer…no matter how you drink it

Tasting room open Thursday through Saturday afternoons; tours also available by appointment.




First Thursdays in the Pearl!

Now in its 28th year, First Thursday in the Pearl is a district-wide celebration that occurs on the first Thursday of each and every month. Originally a gathering of art collectors and dealers, the celebration has grown to a  monthly event of over ten thousand people that includes art enthusiasts, wine aficionados and scenesters looking to see and be seen. When you combine a rich and thriving art scene with some of the best happy hour menus found in Portland, you get an event that has quickly become the place to be each month!

The beginings of First Thursday

The name of Portland’s best known Arts district, The Pearl suggests urban legend. Perhaps an oyster canning factory once sat amidst the aging warehouses, or Chinese seafarers hid pearls beneath cobble stoned Twelfth Street. Whatever the origin, there’s the suggestion of both beauty and ugliness in the name—an elegant gem nestled in a drab, rough shell.

The actual story goes like this: A local gallery owner coined the phrase over 25 years ago to suggest that the buildings in the warehouse district were like crusty oysters, and that the galleries and artists’ lofts within were like pearls. As local business people were looking to label the growing area—the “warehouse district” or the “brewery district” were two suggestions—a travel writer borrowed the phrase and the name stuck.

What you need to know

Art galleries in the district are all open late into the evening for receptions and new show openings. Many of the galleries offer food and drink while the artists showing are available to meet and discuss  their work. The gallery receptions are free and open to the public, and the receptions usually go from around 6pm to 9 or 10pm. Please check each gallery for actual times.

On pleasant evenings, the streets are literally packed with artists selling their creations and musicians and bands playing live music on many of the closed-off streets. This is a celebration!

Parking gets very dificult in the area on First Thursday. Your best bet is to take public transportation to the Pearl, or park nearby and walk into the neighborhood.

WeVillage Is Bigger and Better

Called into work again, but have the kids? Emergency meeting, or simply in need of a couple hours? Well, if you haven’t already heard of WeVillage, you should familiarize yourself. And if you have heard of them, you should know they’re moving—just around the corner—to a new and larger facility.


Opened in 2009, WeVillage is the first and only drop-in childcare facility in downtown Portland. Located in the Pearl at 1024 NW Glisan Street, the new 1800-square-foot building is a beautiful, modern display of engaging colors and play structures designed for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years.

Living as a single mother and independent film producer, WeVilliage creater Karen Beninati, noticed the need for a fun, safe and happy place for children, as well as an easy and stress-free alternative for parents. “The people who live in the Pearl are smart and they want more, especially for their kids,” says Beninati. “The new space we hope will bring back old clients whose kids have grown a little bored of the current space and attract new clients who have never used us before.”

WeVillage is open Monday-Thursday 8am-9:30pm, Friday 8am-11:30pm, and Saturday 10am-11:30pm, and on most public and all school holidays. Hourly rates are $10 for members and $15 dollars for non-members. For more information, visit Experience The Pearl, or check out WeVillage directly.