Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Originally Distilled in Oregon was to have had 32 color illustrations, but two weeks after I submitted them (along with a similar number of black-and-white images) the publisher (History Press) decided that all the images would be black-and white. Although this didn't have too negative an impact on most of the color shots, those of stills were considerably diminished, with their warm copper hues rendered in nondescript grays.

So I thought I'd post some of those here, along with some that weren't in the book.

First, we have the lovely hand-hammered still at Camp 1805, with Roy Slayton, one of the distillery owners.

Dan Stein of Stein Distillery with his Arnold Holstein unit.

 The 450 gallon still from Artisan Still Design, shortly after being delivered to Bendistillery in late 2014 (this photo was meant to be in the book but I withdrew it after the publisher's decision to go 100% black-and-white).

The four Holstein stills at Clear Creek (another photograph withdrawn after the decision to include no color photographs).

Taken too late to be used in the book, a photograph of the Vendome still at Vivacity Spirits in Corvallis.

Also too late for the book, a shot of Big Bottom's  100 gallon still from Hillbilly Stills.

Visiting the distillery at McMenamins at Cornelius Pass is like stepping into the 19th century, with a 120 year old Cognac still housed in a building from the 1850s.

Ransom also uses French stills, manufactured by Prulho. This one, made in the 1970s, is not that different from the unit at Cornelius Pass.

The antithesis of the two previous units, the new 3,000 gallon Vendome still at House Spirits is the largest operating whiskey still west of the Mississippi.

Finally, an image courtesy of Clear Creek, of harvesting pears-in-the-bottle. Originally meant to be a full page image, not only was it altered to black-and-white but reduced to a quarter page. If I'd known that was going to happen, I would have withdrawn it.

Thursday, November 17, 2016


As the title description says, it's a website meant to supplement the book's content. Distilled in Oregon, published by History Press as part of their "American Palate" series, and was released on February 6, 2017. 

There's a lot of information in the book (208 pages), but I couldn't put all the information I had into it (as it was I exceeded my contracted word count by quite a bit). This website will allow me to get that out there, as well as publish articles on distilleries that have opened after the book went to press (early September of 2016).

In the next day or so I'll be posting color versions of some of the photos from the book (all black-and-white, I'm afraid). I photographed a lot of beautiful copper stills while researching the book, and they deserve to be presented in their full glory.

So visit again soon! And often!