Bull Run Distilling Company
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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Portland, Oregon
People: Lee Medoff, Owner & Distiller
OregonBusiness: Portland Craft Distillers Grow Up, Evolve
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Behold — a devilish delight — born in Bourbon Country, but exclusively finished at Bull Run Distillery in the Pacific Northwest. Bull Run Bourbon is cut with the pure, raw water from the Bull Run Watershed. The line was born out of the desire to bring amazing spirits to Portland, Oregon.
Bull Run Distilling Company History: In the spring of 2010, acclaimed Portland distiller, Lee Medoff, and business partner, Patrick Bernards, founded Bull Run Distilling Company thanks to the backing (and some would say lack of good judgment) from long-time friends John Rudi (Bull Run’s President), Mike Maher and Andy Heily. What began as a "what if " conversation between gentlemen one evening over cocktails evolved into a full-on crusade (as things sometimes do when spirits are involved). A couple aspirin, hundreds of hours and an emptied bank account later, Bull Run Distilling Company turned from a whiskey-infused dream into a reality. Fast forward to today, and Bull Run is part of a new group of artisans helping put Oregon craft spirits on the map with a line of spirits that stand as well neat as they do in your favorite cocktail.
The name Bull Run dates back to the days of the first settlers on the Oregon Trail. As the story goes, back in the 1850’s, cattle belonging to pioneers crossing the Cascade mountain range broke loose in the area now known as Bull Run. The untamed livestock escaped into the dense forests to live, and local inhabitants would catch a glimpse of them every now and again, running along the grassy shorelines of the river and lake to graze and drink. Locals thus began referring to the watering holes as Bull Run River and Bull Run Lake. This immaculately clean water is what makes Bull Run’s spirits so special — arguably the purest water source in the country, it imparts a soft, rich mouthfeel that’s impossible to duplicate outside of Oregon.
Lee Medoff is the mastermind behind Bull Run Distilling Company. It was his 13 years of distilling experience, his knowledge of what is a very complex industry and his passion for dark, craft spirits that enabled the idea of BRD to become reality. From the beginning, Lee spoke of creating a distillery that excelled in every aspect of the business.