Welcome to Freeland Spirits, a craft distillery in Portland, Oregon. Freeland is named after my Meemaw (that’s what we call grandmas in Texas) Freeland, who never touched a drop of booze in her life but taught me that all good things come from scratch. And that women can be anything they want.
Freeland Spirits celebrate the women of the craft. From the gals who grow the grain to those who run the still, we’re creating superior spirits that celebrate all the Northwest has to offer.
Freeland Spirits are one of very few women-owned and run distilleries in history. Molly Troupe, our Master Distiller, was born wearing a pair of chemist goggles and never took them off. With a background in biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Distillation from Heriot Watt in Scotland, Molly commands perfection with every spirit she orchestrates. Did I mention that women have more taste buds and 50% more olfactory cells? So don’t you want Molly making your spirits? I know I do.
In December 2017 we launched Freeland Gin, which is crafted by hand in small batches. A traditional copper pot still brings juniper and 13 other botanicals to life. Meanwhile, a state-of-the-art vacuum still cajoles quieter flavors including fresh cucumber, rosemary, mint, and thyme. Yes, delicious in cocktails. But we suggest sipping it with just a cube of ice.
Freeland Bourbon was launched in November 2018. When I first started dreaming up the idea of a distillery three years ago, I partnered with a distillery to get our first bourbon in barrels. We then finished it for five months in Elk Cove pinot noir barrels and blended in a small batch of 12-year bourbon. In the meantime, our beautiful still is working its magic to create future Freeland whiskies.
In July 2019, we celebrated our 1 year anniversary with the release of our first canned cocktail, the Gin & Rose Tonic. And then, of course, 2020 came around. Freeland answered the call with other distilleries around the world and made thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer for the City of Portland, health care facilities, and non-profits.
Through all this, 2020 didn’t stop our distillers from releasing our “recession-proof” or naval strength Dry Gin and our second canned cocktail, the French 75.
It’s a journey filled with blessings and lessons, which is all we could ask for. Thank you to our community who has welcomed us with open arms. We couldn’t do it without you and we are truly grateful for your presence. Here’s to many more years to come.
Thank you for reading, and here’s to the future of spirits. And to Meemaw.