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Booze News: Wild Roots' New Tasting Room; Black Friday with Distillery Row

Sample artisan spirits and stock up for the holidays.

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Local distillery Wild Roots Vodka, known for its raspberry and marionberry vodkas infused with locally grown berries, opened a tasting room near Distillery Row this month — just in time for visitors to taste the brand-new Apple & Cinnamon flavor.

The autumnal elixir, bottled and released last week, is made with Washington-grown apples and aged in oak. Distilled five times, each of the Wild Roots infused vodkas can be sipped on its own or mixed into cocktails.

Wild Roots Distillery Tasting Room: 135 NE 6th Ave., Portland; open Thursday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Black Friday Shopping: And since the season of spirits is upon us, now's the time to hit Distillery Row to taste Portland's locally made booze and stock up for holiday parties and gifts. Even better, do your shopping all in one place at the Third Annual Black Friday Shopping Party at the Melody Ballroom in Southeast Portland. Sample and purchase bottled spirits from seven Distillery Row distilleries (New Deal Distillery, House Spirits, Stone Barn Brandyworks,Eastside Distilling, Vinn Distillery, Rolling River Spirits and Wild Roots Vodka).

Rounding things out will be a deep list of favorite food artisans with samples and products for sale, including Alma Handmade Chocolates, Cardamom Hills Trading Co, Portland Bitters Project, Masala Pop, Marshall's Haute Sauce, Portland Creamery, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegars, NW Cigars, Olympic Provisions, and more.