Updated June 10, 2013
There isn’t much ripe fruit in Oregon yet — we are just starting to see a few berries ripen — so this is the time of year at Clear Creek that we get caught up on chores, do some deep cleaning, do some planning, and get prepared for the busy summer fruit seasons. We also do some custom distilling and work on special projects. For us, the first “fruit” of the year is Douglas Fir buds.
If you have been in the Northwest recently, you know that all the evergreen trees have pretty little bright green tips right now. These tips are their new growth, their springtime buds. This week, Clear Creek staff will hop in the pick-up truck with barrels of high-proof grape neutral spirit and drive out to the woods to pick these Douglas Fir buds. This will be our third trip this year. We pick this new growth, which is soft and citrus-y, and drop it into buckets of the high-proof grape neutral for our Eau de Vie of Douglas Fir. It looks like we should have some nice weather for it. We will be bringing sun screen and hats.
Featured Retailers for June/July
- Caddell & Williams
Caddell & Williams is a small online retailer specializing in craft spirits. They currently offer 5 eaux de vie, 1 grappa, 2 liqueurs, and the single malt whiskey from Clear Creek. You will find these products listed under the “Regional Craft Spirits” tab. They feel comfortable selling these products and we feel comfortable telling you so. Note that after you submit your order online, you must confirm it by calling Caddell & Williams at 800.575.9997. You may also just call to place orders over the phone, without using their website.
- Borisal Liquor & Wine
Also known as “Drink Up New York”, this retailer is well known for its large and varied selection of spirits. They also have a brick and mortar store located in Brooklyn called Borisal that is worth a trip. Online, type in “Clear Creek” in the Search box to see their selection of 7 eaux de vie, 5 liqueurs, 2 grappas, and the single malt whiskey from Clear Creek, and helpful descriptions and discounts on the products. Plus, Drink Up New York sells combo packs in which all the ingredients for a specific cocktail are assembled, and two of them include Clear Creek.
Products out of Stock
Temporarily Out of Stock at the Distillery … Still Available in Some Stores
McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is sold out. This small batch whiskey is in high demand and sells out quickly. We bottled the most recent batch in February 2013. We shipped small amounts around the country and locally, and we had some available for sale for about one hour at the distillery on March 4. A few good retailers throughout the country still have a small amount of McCarthy’s in stock, but we have shipped every last case from the distillery in Portland, Oregon, where it is made. The next bottling is scheduled for October, 2013. There is a waiting list and if you’d like to be notified as the release date approaches, please contact us to be put on the list.
Framboise eau de vie is sold out. With a bottling of only 13 cases, it didn’t take long to sell the 2013 batch of framboise (raspberry brandy). This is a very special product, made entirely from fresh local raspberries, that we make only in years when the Oregon raspberries are particularly fantastic. And we make no promises about when that will be. If you’d like to be notified next time we bottle some, please contact us.