Thursday, May 17, 2012
4 SPIRITS DISTILLERY... a lesson in courage
Born from a lesson in learning about loss, a yearning for some ongoing connection and the courage to keep memories alive, 4 Spirits Distillery is "dedicated to all U.S. war veterans and active duty service members that have served our county." Moreover, a personal endeavor for it's creator, Dawson, a dedication to his personal loss of four combat soldiers and friends who lost their lives while serving in the Oregon National Guard. Their spirits live on.
In my personal endeavor to find out as much as possible about the Willamette Valley, I asked my friend Christie at Corvallis Tourism to show me some things. I go to Corvallis at least once a week so I kind of know my way around. So, I wanted to go find some places that I've never seen before or been to. Christie arranged for me to meet Dawson at 4 Spirits Distillery.
A small craft distillery, 4 Spirits is housed in the historic Adair Village area of Benton County. Right now, Dawson is distilling vodka but has plans to begin bottling his whiskey very soon. The best ingredients and a technique not found anywhere else, 4 Spirits vodka is smooth and mixes well with some organic limeade I found in my fridge. I brought my bottle home after asking Dawson what I should mix it with. He said that limeade would be perfect with a pinch of mint just pressed between my fingers, not muddled. So, I poured some of that very smooth vodka... Slap Tail that is... over ice and added a bit of organic limeade and a few pressed leaves of mint from my garden. Smooth is definitely the word for it! It slid down nicely and I have big plans to make this my new summer cocktail!
Right now you can get Web Foot or Slap Tail depending on what bottle you choose! Watch for Dawson's 4 Spirits Distillery Whiskey to hit the shelves soon. I got a sneak peek at the label and bottle... very cool!
Thank you Christie for the great afternoon and thank you Dawson for the tour and the story. It was an honor meeting you!