Ramsay's Dram is in the process of being rejuvenated! I'll be listing Academy classes for Winter 2014 shortly. Thank you for your interest and your patience. Sláinte, Stuart


Hollywood Liquor Store Tasting 12/16

Sampling Bourbon and Rye whiskey from 4 – 7pm at Hollywood Liquor Store on December 16th. Samples are free and …

Show me the way to the next whiskey bar 12/10 & 12/11

Taking Russell’s Reserve (and Jimmy in spirit) to the PDX neighborhood whiskey bars: $5 will get you a sampler of …



Lincoln Henderson

We lost another whiskey hero a few days ago. Lincoln Henderson was master distiller at Brown-Forman for many years, responsible …

Elmer T. Lee

  A tip of the cloth cap to one of my whiskey heroes, Elmer T. Lee, who passed away a …

Ransom Spirits: The Emerald 1865

I was recently invited to a special preview of Ransom Spirits’ latest interpretation of Northwest whiskey: The Emerald 1865, a …


The next round of classes in the Academy begins October 6th at the Pope House Bourbon Lounge. A good month to be sipping Bourbon and Rye. As before, classes will be held in several campus locations: The Pope House, The Teardrop Cocktail Lounge and New deal Distillery. Special thanks to Joel and Kit at the Pope House, Daniel and his worthy crew at Teardrop and Tom and his people at New Deal for their generosity.

Pairing whiskies with craft beer has always been a passion of mine. It began in the serious pubs of Glasgow, Scotland, where a good dram always went down easy with a half pint of fruity Belhaven eighty shilling. On a trip to Islay years ago, I ordered a Lagavulin with a Guinness back in the Port Charlotte village pub. It was pouring sleet outside but the crack was profound inside. Farmers and their sheepdogs filled the spartan public bar (not the fancy lounge bar with a carpet across the way) with the Highland stench of wet wool, whisky and cigarettes. A local landowner on his third double shot of Bruichladdich bemoaned the hardships of his white tablecloth restaurant. And island children would peek through the door to tell heir dad that supper was ready as a Hebridean twilight settled over the busy seascape of Lochindaal.


I’ll be pairing whiskies with local craft beers in Portland bars in the months ahead and will keep you posted on this. And I’ll be exploring the combination at a FEAST Portland seminar on September 21st. In the meantime, enjoy a dram of Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old and a glass of Widmer Alt, a particularly fine pairing.



Stuart MacLean Ramsay

Keeper of the Quaich (Scotland); Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS); Best Person to Drink With in Portland (Willamette Week)

Portland, Oregon. Sugartit, Kentucky. Contin, Ross-Shire

*Check out the 2012 Hogmanay Awards in the menu bar or the Hogmanay page, below.        safe_image.php