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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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The Spiritopia D.I.Y. Gin Kit

Be the Spirit Maker! As the Spirit Chemist, one of my favorite parts of the job is to develop the formula and process for a new spirit. Now you can delve into that part of the work and develop your own gin. I have developed a core recipe using seven wildcrafted and organic botanicals: (juniper,…
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Portland Brand Ambassador/Salesperson Needed

Spiritopia Liqueurs is a small but dynamic company that makes premium artisan spirits in Corvallis. We are looking for a brand ambassador in Portland that will host tasting 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:…
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Eclipse Totality Event at Spiritopia!

We are very lucky to be near the center of the solar eclipse path right at the distillery! We will be open for extended hours that weekend (11-6pm) and on eclipse day (8/21, 9AM-6PM). We even made a super cool tshirt to commemorate the event. More details on a separate page.
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Holiday release of Bourbon Style Apple Brandy

Special Limited Release just in time for Christmas! Just six cases of our Bourbon Style Apple Brandy have been bottled in the 750ml size. It's a special gift ($54.95) for your favorite whiskey or brandy lover (even if that person is you). The rich flavors from charred American white oak and Pacific Northwest apples are…
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