Williams Pear Brandy
This is classic eau de vie de poire. We use Williams (Bartlett) pears grown just an hour away in the Hood River Valley. We crush and ferment the whole pear and then distill the pure fruit mash in our German-made pot stills. It takes about 30 pounds of pears to make one 750ml bottle of Pear Brandy. The pear nose is intense, the taste is strong, but pure, and the aftertaste is clean with a surprisingly strong hint of pear. In warmer parts of the country and in the summer, it should be served chilled.
Double Gold medal winner at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition, 2013 and 2000 (the only years we entered).
Compared to European brandies such as Trimbach and Massenez, Clear Creek’s is “Best of all” and “peerlessly true to the original fruit.” — Michael Franz, The Washington Post, December 17, 2003
“…the most extraordinary eaux-de-vie in America, indeed, in the world.” — The Wine Bible, by Karen MacNeil, 2001
“Quite spectacular” — R.W. Apple, Jr., New York Times, January 27, 1999
750 ml bottle $44.95*
375 ml bottle $27.95*
50 ml (miniature) $5.00*
In addition to normally bottled pear brandy, we do a special bottling of pear-in-the-bottle. To make pear-in-the-bottle we actually grow the pear inside of the bottle in our orchards, and then fill it with our pear eau de vie. This practice of growing pears in the bottle is traditional in Alsace where pear brandy has been made for hundreds of years. Pear-in-the-bottle is highly labor intensive, requiring weeks of work putting the bottles on the trees in late May when the small pear will still fit in the neck of the bottle, tending them all summer, and picking them in late August. Since we use no preservatives or artificial cleaning solutions, each pear and each bottle must be painstakingly scrubbed by hand before we fill with our pear eau de vie for which we are known worldwide.
750 ml bottle $80.45*
*Note that these are suggested retail prices and that actual retail prices can vary from state to state and sometimes from store to store.