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1st Annual Community Cider Crush Update! 9/14/19 10-5PM

We are partnering with Luckiamute Watershed Council for the first annual Community Cider Crush. We have also worked with the EE Wilson Wildlife Area manager to allow special access to the underutilized apple trees in the reserve. Starting at 10AM, teams will form up at Spiritopia and then head out to EEW with fruit baskets…
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First Annual Community Apple Crush

Save the date! September 14, 2019 from 10-5PM. Spiritopia is partnering with the Luckiamute Watershed Council for a apple crush and cider day. We have gotten permission from ODFW to pick apples at the E. E. Wilson Wildlife area and use the proceeds of the cider to raise money for LWC. We will have baskets…
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Mecca Grade Estate Malt

The stereotype of the farmer is not the daring, innovative entrepreneur. One guy that shatters that old mold is Seth Klann, a seventh generation farmer in Madras that is the driving force behind Mecca Grade Estate Malt. He and his father designed a one-of-a-kind, million dollar machine to malt the barley, wheat, and rye grown…
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The Glad Reaper

OK, it's an awkward joke but you must admit that the grim reaper always comes to mind when you see a scythe. And I'm not grim, I'm happy to be back out in the field cutting ryegrass. It's been several years and quite different this time around. During the dark times of regulatory hell when I…
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Spiritopia Sales Help Needed!

Spiritopia is looking for a brand ambassador that will host tasting/sales events such as farmer's markets, holiday events, and liquor store tastings. Musts: Attitude: Team oriented, flexible, positive, enthusiastic about our products, desire to learn. Customer oriented: Has or can obtain alcohol serving permit. Must be 21 years old or over. Must be comfortable talking with and…
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The Wine Channel

No, I am not talking about cable TV. I am talking about a sales channel. Why is this important? Because several Spiritopia products are now classified as fortified wines or cider. Specifically, our Pomegranate, Strawberry-Rhubarb, and Apple products. Part of why we did this is so that you can more easily find your favorite at a store…
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Strawberry Rhubarb Aperitif

Nothing says summer in Oregon like berries. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries. We got 'em all. Willamette Valley farmers also grow many other things including rhubarb. The classic combination of strawberry and rhubarb has been crafted into a charming aperitif wine from Spiritopia. We start with a rose of pinot noir as the base. Part of the…
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The Spiritopia Puzzle Room

We've added a puzzle room at Spiritopia! You may be familiar with the 'escape room' concept where you have an hour to solve multiple puzzles to escape some predicament. Well, the Spiritopia room is similar but instead of 'escaping' you have an hour to save Spiritopia from the evil spies of Dark Stellar Incorporated! They're…
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“Classic” Apple Brandy

Our first brandy is the atypical "Bourbon Style" with it's robust flavor and racy 102 proof. That's what charred oak will do to ya. During an infrequent mellower mood, I also put away some of our brandy into toasted oak which is the historic practice. This does not dominate the apple so much and results…
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Ryegrass Whiskey

The world's first ryegrass whiskey is now available. This is not the rye grain that many of you are familiar with - this is ryegrass, the plant grown for turf and forage here in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Actually, we are the ryegrass capitol of the world and produce much of the planet's grass seed. During…
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Peppermint Liqueur

Did you know that Oregon is the #1 peppermint producer in the United States? We work with a local farm just a few miles from the distillery in Corvallis to transform those dark green leaves into a "min-tense" experience. Think of our peppermint liqueur is a local and less sweet version of the classic peppermint…
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