Greetings & Salutations,
As most of you already know, October is a big month for us because it’s the month we first opened our doors back in 2013! That’s right, MWL is 3 years old, and we’d love for you to come in throughout the week and celebrate with us. Check out some of our recent whiskey acquisitions below, as well as the recipe for one of our new “Century List” cocktails, an interview with our behind-the-scenes bar prepper extraordinaire, Pete Kellers, and more.
Your friends at the Library
Kelly Ogden of Elk Collective
In a June 2015 interview with Hospitality Design magazine, Kelly Ogden, Director and one of the founding members of Elk Collective, commented, “The project I am most proud of is [Portland’s] Multnomah Whiskey Library. That one was a real passion project for the client [Alan Davis], and quickly became the same for me. The concept and style were very different from anything else I had worked on at that point, and it is one I can look back on and know that I am better for having been a part of it.”
For how visually stunning the library was designed to be, one of Kelly’s favorite details of the space is nearly invisible. Where most kitchens are featured as an integral visual component of Portland’s “dining-out experience,” the library kitchen is quietly hidden. It’s only until a little green light comes on, and a camouflaged oak panel slides open, that the culinary magic of our chefs is humbly revealed. Just another one of those amazing details that give our guests the feeling of being transported to another era.
We think it’s safe to say our patrons truly feel the passion that went into the designing of the space as soon as they cross the threshold into the library! The furniture, light fixtures, floor coverings, and glassware are antiques sourced by Kelly and Alan from around the world, some dating as far back as the late 1600s. Anything that couldn’t be sourced as an original, antique object was custom made by local craftspersons who shared Kelly and Alan’s sensibilities for objects and environs that feel like they’ve got stories to tell. It’s that wise and weathered look and feel that helps our patrons forget about the world outside those oak-paneled walls, and bask, care-free, in the golden glow of our majestic wall of spirits.
Kelly, that pride is well earned. Elk Collective nailed it!
Staff Spotlight: Pete Kellers
Name: Pete Kellers
Hometown: Grew up in San Diego
Role at MWL: Bar prep
How has the Whiskey Library differed from the other places you’ve worked?
I have been doing freelance web design the past 15 years or so. Working at MWL provides me human contact, camaraderie, and awesome spirits education. Those are things you can’t get working alone at your house. It is a real team effort at MWL.
How has working at MWL and learning about spirits effected the way you imbibe?
My home cocktail program started a few years ago when my brother-in-law wanted to make tiki drinks. Obviously, we needed orgeat and falernum, so we made some at home. Once you make those you realize that most syrups and cordials are pretty easy to make, especially when the fruit/herbs you need are growing in the yard, or in abundance near the freeway. This realization led to us making a lot of shrubs, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, etc.
I recently have tried making liqueurs with plants in the yard, so if you come to my house you can try Bay Liqueur, Sage Liqueur, Creme de Menthe and of course, Creme de Yard. (bittered with dandelion root!). I also have been experimenting with Amer Picon, and some people might call me an ice nerd.
It’s funny about food, I am not much of a cook, and when I go to the grocery store I don’t know what to get without a recipe and a list. Put me in a liquor store however, and I want to buy everything and start thinking of cocktail ideas. I guess I like to drink!
News & Acquisitions
Newly Acquired Spirits
Virginia Black, blend of 2, 3, 4yr Bourbon, 40abv, MGP
Macallan Edition No. 2, ck. Vasyma, Tevasa, Diego Martin & Jose Miguel Martin, 48.2abv, NAS, Single Malt, Scotland
Highland Park Ice Edition, ck. Bourbon, 17yr, 53.9abv, Single Malt, Scotland
Old Forester 2016 Birthday Bourbon, distilled June 4, 2004, 12yr, 46.5abv, Brown-Forman, Shively, Kentucky
Mezcalero Mezcal, batch #14, Arroqueno agave, clay pot still, 47.7abv, Potrero, Mexico
Jameson Cooper’s Croze, ck. Virgin American oak, Ex-Bourbon & Iberian sherry, 43abv, NAS, Blended, Ireland
The Century List
The Aviation Cocktail is the story of a long-lost manuscript, an all-but extinct floral liqueur, and the modern reformulation of a true classic.
For the better part of a century, the Aviation was a three-ingredient cocktail; tart, focused, elegant. But when the original recipe from 1916 was unearthed, it contained a curious addition, left out of subsequent sources: a French liqueur derived from violet petals.
By sinking the Creme de Violette, we invite you to experience both versions of the Aviation: integrate the liqueur to taste, and enjoy the interplay of floral notes with this earthy, tart, and botanical classic.
10/11: Meet Your Maker: Bull Run Distillery – Join us and Head Distiller of Bull Run, Lee Medoff, in tasting and learning about several of the Bull Run expressions, as we are guided through the processes the team uses to select and distill the finest ingredients, to create complex and high quality local spirits from start to finish.
10/11: The Green Room: Closed for a Private Event
10/13: Cider Dinner – Featuring Alpine Fire, and Baird & Dewar Farmhouse
10/19: The Green Room Presents: Waffle & Belgian beer pairing – Stop in The Green Room for perfect beer & waffle pairings all night long!
10/24 – The Green Rooms presents: Park Cognac – Stop by from 4-7pm for killer Park Cognac pours and cocktail specials!
11/07-11/12 – International Sherry Week – In honor and for out love of sherry, we’ll be presenting a creative cocktail and food pairings in The Green Room, featuring our favorite sherries!