When you can’t go to the brewery, winery or bottle shop, ask them to come to you. That’s the thinking with a wave of creative and boozy delivery services arising out of COVID-19 precautions. Whether you’re cooking up a storm or ordering takeout every night, this time of hunkering down and staying home is no time to go parched—especially when satiating your thirst means also supporting the amazing brewers, winemakers, and all-around beverage professionals of Portland.
Oregonians not only love local beer, wine and spirits, but also recognize their importance to the local economy. In response to COVID-19, The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved emergency rules that allow bars to make curbside and same-day home deliveries of alcoholic beverages until 2:30 a.m. It’s not just about drinking good libations. It’s also about lifting up the people who create our most cherished gathering locales in this unprecedented time of need.
As of March 23, over ten Portland Region breweries are offering delivery service straight from their doors to yours. The number grows each week.
Stormbreaker Brewing translated one of its popular summer events into a perfect delivery package: Drink Your Movie. Simply click the package on the brewery’s online ordering portal and beer-slash-cinema-lovers will be supplied not only with 5-6 beers at their doorstep, but also a script that details when to drink each brew (that is, of course, expertly paired with a specific scene). Current Drink Your Movie offerings include the easily streamed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Avengers Endgame. This might just be the new Netflix and chill.
While there won’t be any parties in the coming weeks, those afraid of depleting their stash can also order a keg for delivery.
As Portland’s only Kosher brewery, this is the brewery for sipping on some great beers in the days before Passover (or celebrating the end of it with a hoppy bottle). The Leikam crew is encouraging personalized messages for gift deliveries, which is a great way to let someone know you can’t wait to clink bottles with them as soon as it’s not a public health issue to do so in public gathering spaces. Beyond the house-brewed beer, deliveries offerings also include Kombucha, Portland Sangria and Bauman’s Century Farm Cider.
For many, going out in style currently means wearing your nicest sweatpants from the bedroom to the living room. Gigantic Brewing keeps Portland’s swagger alive and well with its delivery vehicles. A cool Alfa Romeo Guilia Super ‘71 may roll up to your curbside for a slick, contact-less transaction and supply of its recently released Bourbon barrel Most MOST Premium.
Wineries and Wine Shops
This spring, only the birds will get to witness bud break. However, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Oregon wine and the pioneers who make it.
Pairings Portland Wine Shop
The self-proclaimed “Portland’s Weirdest Wine Shop” excels in not only recommending wine and food pairings, but also in pairing wines with whatever else is your thing. If these weeks at home have you committed to watching every Harry Potter Movie, then let shop founder Jeff Weissle heightened your movie-watching experience with wizard-worthy recommendations. Similarly, wine pairings for new hobbies like knitting, astrology or memorizing all of Prince’s catalog can be amplified by a wine delivery that’s tailor-made for you.
Jean-Marc Wine Cellars
What’s better than wine? Wine and cake. Jean-Marc Wine Cellars knows what the people need during this stressful time. Jean-Marc is known for its yearly release of perfectly orange-hued wines, which are just now ready for sipping from the safety and privacy of your own home. Plus, co-owner Barbara Baker is an accomplished pastry chef who will make any stress-eating a true culinary experience. There’s nearly always a chocolate cake available for delivery, and a rotating mix of carrot cakes, cheesecakes, and other masterful creations.
Southeast Wine Collective
Supporting just one local urban winery through a delivery purchase can simultaneously support multiple Portland winemakers. Owners Kate Norris and Tom Monroe founded the Southeast Wine Collective for like-minded winemakers to sustainably grow their businesses together. Now, this crew is banding together for deliveries of their collective wines to those within a 10-mile radius of the winery. Raise a glass to this tight-knit and innovative wine community with wine from a few bottles (or heck, a full case) of their great wines.
The distillery’s new “booze-thru” offers its delicious gin, bourbon, and gin and rose tonic cans for curbside pickup. Additionally, the booze-thru is the only way to get your hands on a Quarantine Cocktail Kit. The kit includes a bottle of Freeland spirits, mixers from Portland-based businesses, and cocktail cards with easy-to-follow recipes. Pre-ordering allows for an even more contact-less transaction. Plus, you can make additional uses out of Freeland’s alcohol with house-made hand sanitizer available for $10 per bottle (2 per person limit). Bonus: the hand sanitizer is beautifully packaged and designed.
It’s spritz-o-clock on your very own patio, balcony, or stoop. Straightaway Cocktails is happening with its Portland-area door-to-door delivery service. Spritzes are made with Oregon wines and house-made amaros. One case of 24 cans may even be enough to get you through a month of social distancing. Straightaway adds extra perks to each order, including a bag of chips (so people can have a full appertivo experience). Plus, Straightaway is one of the latest Portland companies to start making its own hand santizer, which is included with every delivery order free-of-charge.