While passing through the little town of Sisters, Oregon, we stopped to do a little walking around. Lo and behold, the Cascade Street Distillery is located on the main drag, run by a sister-brother team producing some delicious gin, vodka and bourbon. They also promote some sister-company infused vodkas from Wild Roots Spirits.
We talked at length with Katie, Communications Director and co-owner about their venture. When asked how they got into this line of work, she admitted, “We just drank too much during college – and this was a lot more fun than the internships were were doing…” Judging by the quality of the spirits, they certainly found their calling.
I left with a bottle of the South Sister gin – distilled from corn, and infused with juniper, sage and local Ponderosa pine pods. It was brought to 43.25% abv using local Deschutes County water – a serious step in the evolution of their high quality spirits.
This gin is outstanding – smooth, and balanced with aromas and flavours that mimic a walk through the dried sage and juniper populating the hills surrounding Sisters.
If you stop by, be sure to do an extensive tasting – they have a lot to offer. And don’t skip the infused vodkas – I was completely gobsmacked by the pear vodka. Pristine Bartlett pear makes this unlike anything you’ve had before, I guarantee it. A few miles down the road in Reno, we stopped for dinner at Sierra Street Kitchen + Grill and I enjoyed a Huckleberry Hooch, made with their huckleberry vodka.