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Made in Portland
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Portland is where we live for many reasons: its mild climate, the natural beauty of our surroundings, the friendliness and intelligence of the people that live here. Portland is also home to many quality producers of food, drink, clothing and tools. Here are a few of our favorites:

Danner Boots In 1932 Charles Danner started a boot-making business in Chippewa Falls, Wis. After 4 years in business, Charles Danner learned that calked logging boots in the Pacific Northwest were selling for more than twenty dollars a pair, a lot of money in 1936. That year he moved his family and the Danner business to Portland. Danner Boots were said to be virtually indestructible and were thus the chosen boot of men who labored long and hard in the woods. Today production is located in their 30,000 square foot factory in NE Portland. Danner Boots are available in several local retail locations, including their own store, located downtown at 1022 W Burnside.

Leatherman Tools Timothy S. Leatherman was a 1970 graduate of Oregon State University in mechanical engineering. With his business partner, Steve Berliner, they formed Leatherman Tool Group in 1983. Their bread and butter is the original all in one tool kit that fits in your pocket: The Sidekit. Today, Leatherman’s only manufacturing facility is located in Portland, Oregon where they assemble 17,000 tools per week. Hometown Leatherman has a sponsorship deal with The Portland Timbers. Lompoc Brewery

The Old Lompoc Brewery (as it was formerly known) began producing handcrafted ales and lagers in NW Portland in December, 1996. Now with 5 locations, they are consistently making some of the best beer in the city. The C-note is their flagship IPA, which we highly recommend. You can fill up your mason jar or growler and enjoy it on the go but if you sit down, enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and try the fish and chips to accompany your ale, leave happy.

Grand Central Bakery Started a little to our North when Gwen Bassetti introduced the Como loaf in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, but now with more Portland locations than Seattle ones, Portland can claim it as our own. GCB makes some of the freshest, old world, best bread on the planet, period. Try the Sourdough at 2230 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Clear Creek Distillery Steve McCarthy started Clear Creek Distillery in 1985 because he wanted to find the best use for the fruit from the McCarthy family’s orchard in the Mt. Hood town of Parkdale, OR. During his travels in Europe he became acquainted with a number of traditional European spirits, among them an eau de vie made from Williams Pear. Steve knew that with the high quality fruit we grow in the Pacific Northwest he could make brandy on par with those he had tried in Europe. The name Clear Creek comes from the creek that runs through the pear orchard. Recognition from brandy experts came soon after. It has been said that this is the best fruit brandy ever produced in the United States; see for yourself at their open to the public distillery, located in NW Portland at 2389 NW Wilson St.

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