4:30 AM Wake up. Perform the Triple-S.
5:00 Kiss my wife and baby goodbye.
5:01 Kyle [GM of Wingtip’s Bank of Wine & Spirits] picks me up and we drive to the airport.
5:30 Eat not-the-best breakfast food in the international terminal, even though we are only flying to PDX. I guess Oregon is another country?
9:30 Drop packs at friend’s house. Drop friend at work. Head to Indio distillery.
10:14 Check out Indio whisky, try some cool young rye whisky. They buy their whisky from MGP, but age it themselves. Watch a tanker truck unload a ton of whisky.
11:45 Stone Barn Brandy. Awesome eau de vie. Really cool whisky. Can’t wait to take members here on our PDX Distillery trip.
5:00 Beers at Breakside Brewery: Bonfire Walk With Me, Lunch Break ISA. And darts. I beat Kyle at cricket.
6:00 Old Forester (distilled in 1950 and bottled in 1955) at Tommy Klus’s house. WOW that was some cool bourbon. Rich and complex and incredibly mellow.
7:15 Stop by a liquor store and roshambo for a bottle of rare whisky. I win. Only to find out they have one more in back, so I guess Kyle won as well, which is a tie, which is like kissing your sister.
7:45 Multnomah Whiskey Library for a surreal experience of rare and old Scotch: a Bowmore distilled in 1971 that was 34 years old, a 1978 Macallan that was 18 years old, my favorite, Littlemill 17 (How the heck do I get some of this?), Balvenie Tun 1401 #3 (a sublime offering from William Grant & Sons), and a 34-year-old peated BenRiach. And a burger. Also amazing.
10:20 Get in line at Pine State Biscuits, Portland’s culty riposte to the Egg McMuffin.
10:47 Order fried chicken sandwiches. And a Bubble Up.
11:00 Get food. Do the math how long it took to get the food. I hate waiting in lines.
11:45 Get to airport and my hand swab comes up positive for explosives.
12:00 PM Pat-down and full backpack search for me. Kyle has no problems.