Westward Whiskey Distillery

Westward Whiskey was founded in 2004 with a passion for Northwest brewing culture and the American pioneering spirit. As a leader in Portland’s world-renowned maker community, Westward Whiskey is a real distillery, where real people put their heart, soul, and artistry into crafting products that delight and inspire.



With a strong belief in the distilling equivalent to “minimalist cooking,” Westward Whiskey prefers to make their spirits from scratch with an intense pursuit of perfection, using the best natural ingredients. Westward brings together the very best of the American whiskey and craft beer traditions.

The spirits from Westward Whiskey are quality-driven and reflect the appreciation of tradition coupled with the willingness to experiment that characterizes the pioneering efforts of the region’s great breweries, wineries, and restaurants. The distillery produces five signature spirits: Aquavit, Volstead Vodka, Casa Magdalena Rum, Westward Whiskey, and a tasty coffee Liqueur.



About the founder

Westward Whiskey was founded by Christian Krogstad, who graduated from the Siebel Institute of Technology—America’s oldest brewing academy. He worked at west-coast craft breweries, then moved to a vineyard for a number of years before setting up his own gig with Westward Whiskey in 2004. His history will tell you quite a lot about the character of his products. There is a strong, blue-collar brewmaster ethos going on in everything he does.