Things to do in Portland: Toast 2017!

TOAST 2017

This post is intended for audience members that are of legal drinking age. The Toast 2017 event is 21+. I have received complimentary admission to the 2017 event to share with readers and social media followers. All opinions are my own. To read about my policies on sponsored content please visit my policies page

Toast 2015 - photo from
Photo from Toast 2015 from

If you’ve been reading my blog for long then you know that I like to share cocktail recipes fairly often. I have been a bartender in some capacity since 2005. I love the art of creating a delicious cocktail from the simple and classic martini to more fun concoctions that coordinate with a party theme.  Beyond just the joy of creating fun cocktail recipes I really love trying great cocktails and quality spirits.  Oregon has a fabulous  assortment of  local distillers that create everything from whiskey to vodka to more unique items such as absinthe. Dream event for me? Having as many of those local vendors in a room sharing tastes of their wares so that I can figure out exactly how I want to fill my bar. I guess I’m not alone in this desire… for the seventh year in a row The Oregon Distillers Guild is bringing back their TOAST event!

“The Oregon Distillers Guild Presents the 7th Annual “TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting” this upcoming February 18th from 4 PM to 10 PM at the Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon.  The 7th Annual Toast event is an opportunity to taste from a wide variety of over 120 spirits from across the Northwest, the Country and the Globe. Whether your spirit preference is Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Liqueurs – or even unique spirits like Absinthe and Aquavit – the estimated 40 distillers and producers at TOAST will have it covered. TOAST allows small distillers and producers to showcase their handcrafted spirits, while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the diversity and quality of craft spirits from Oregon and beyond.”

Toast 2015 - photo from
Photo from Toast 2015 from

Last year I had the pleasure of attending Toast with my husband for one of our best dates of the entire year. I am excited to have the opportunity to go again this year and share my discoveries on my social media channels. (HINT: Looking for a good Valetnine’s Day gift for a loved one who loves artisanal cocktails and spirits? A pair of tickets for Toast 2017 will not only be a wonderful gift, but also a second excuse to celebrate your love together in February!)

Some of my favorite tastes from last year: 



Gin is In Toast 2016 - A Well Crafted Party
Gin is In – The Walter Collective Gin


Iris Liquor at Toast 2016 - A Well Crafted Party
Iris Liquor
Stonebarn Brandyworks - Toast 2016 - A Well Crafted Party
Stonebarn Brandy works Nocino

Price: Tickets are $45 for General Admission (includes entry, tastings, bites and commemorative glass) and $65 for VIP (includes entry, tastings, bites, commemorative glass, 2 cocktail tickets, access to the VIP balcony with private bar and distillers after party). DD tickets $15 (includes entry, non-alcoholic drinks, and bites). Buy tickets here!

What You Get: Price of admission includes entry to Toast 2017, commemorative glass, tastings from the distillers in attendance (estimated at 40 distillers), and bites from this year’s restaurants/ chefs (Boke Bowl, Proletariat Butchery, Smokehouse Tavern, Verdigris and The Waiting Room).  VIP tickets get all of that as well as two cocktail tickets, access to the VIP balcony with private bar and distillers after party.

Pro-Tip: Use public transportation, Lyft, or bring a designated driver to attend this event. You will not want to drive after tasting all these different offerings at Toast. Designated Drivers get a discounted ticket that comes with entry, food, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 18th from 4 PM to 10 PM (11 PM for VIP ticket holders)

Location: the Leftbank Annex | 101 N Weidler, Portland, OR 97227

Have you been to Toast? What was your favorite part? Or, what sounds most appealing to you about Toast 2017!


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Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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    • Bill Volckening
    • February 5, 2017

    Never been. Looks like fun though. Makes me wonder if there will be a Toast Cannabis in the future.

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    I’ve never been to TOAST but am so happy you posted about it, I have been interested but just not sure if I can handle drinking alcohol straight up :/ let’s just say I like my spirits mixed.

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