It'll be a wet weekend in Portland, regardless of the weather. The Great American Distillers Festival is bringing 35 microdistilleries to the Tiffany Center to showcase to hundreds of spirit-samplers. (There will also be seminars, field trips and a cocktail competition; see distillersfestival.com for the full schedule.) But what is a drinker who can't stand straight spirits to do? Make a mixer kit! Just slip ginger beer (I like Cock & Bull), tonic (I like Fever-Tree), simple syrup, lemons and limes into a bandolier, toolbelt or fanny pack and you're ready to turn the latest local libations into tiny well drinks worthy of any lilliputian dive bar. Here are a few examples from new distilleries.
BULL RUN DISTILLING
Opened just weeks ago in Slabtown by House Spirits co-founder Lee Medoff, Bull Run now makes only vodka but plans to release rum and whiskey in the next two years.
Spirit: Medoyeff Vodka
Mixer: Squirt of lime juice, tablespoon of ginger beer.
A year-old distillery producing rum, flavored and otherwise, from New Deal's facility in inner Southeast.
Spirit: Deco Ginger Rum
Mixer: Juice of one half lemon, two dashes simple syrup.
Cottage Grove's first distillery has just one product, an Italian-style bitter liqueur made from Peruvian cinchona bark.
Spirit: Calisaya Liqueur
Mixer: Three tablespoons tonic, garnish with a tiny wedge of lime.
STONE BARN BRANDYWORKS
An ambitious but very small-scale operation just south of Powell Boulevard making fruit brandies, grappa, ouzo and rye whiskey.
Spirit: Apple Brandy
Mixer: Squirt of lemon juice, dash of simple syrup.
A tiny Brookings distillery dedicated to russet potato vodka.
Spirit: Superfly Vodka
Mixer: Three tablespoons ginger beer.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 20
Wondering what the new Starfucker jams sound like? The electro-pop whiz kids are back to make us all forget about its ill-fated Pyramiddd period.
THURSDAY OCT. 21
Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre and Wanderlust Circus team up in a marionette tale about a living puppet who loses his head.
[COMEDY] NORM MACDONALD
The leading impressionist of the '90s and former SNL cast member does three nights at Helium Comedy Club. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, 8 and 10:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-23. $20-$35. 21+.
FRIDAY OCT. 22
From the same director, Bert I. Gordon, who brought you last week's giant rats in
here are giant, well...ants.
SATURDAY OCT. 23
Three of PDX's most beloved bands from the scuzzy rock era play as part of Satyricon's last hurrah.
[COMEDY] MIKE BIRBIGLIA
Whether he's scaring off dates with horribly misplaced humor or getting booed off the stage of a cancer benefit, Birbiglia's one of the funniest comedians working today. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $25.
SUNDAY OCT. 24
[MASKS AND MAMMARIES]
A bizarre blend of stripping,
and stand-up, the slogan of which is "
" Just go to vimeo.com/14505616 and watch the trailer yourself.
TUESDAY OCT. 26
Two monstrosities from Italy's Godfather of Gore:
contains "the longest rabid bat attack in cinema history"; in
a zombie fights a shark.