From Our Editors
For more than a decade—less time than many spirits take to fully mature—the Great American Spirits Festival has been faithfully representing the ever-evolving creativity of the craft spirits community. Though there's plenty of innovation to extol, the festival also pays its dues to some of the country's most renowned distillers and blenders, making the event a true celebration of American-made products. Along with hosting tastings, the festival also grants awards in more than two dozen categories, from classics such as gin, vodka, and whiskey to more eccentric spirits such as absinthe, moonshine, and grandpa's forbidden scotch. All the proceeds hauled in by the GASF go to good causes, too, benefitting local and national charities as well as the Oregon Distillers Guild and the Oregon Distillery Trail.