This year's version of TOAST marked a third appearance to the event with my camera in hand, thus completing the trilogy. The 2017 installment of the artisan spirits tasting returned to the Leftbank Annex located in East Portland. The Leftbank rocks and is a perfect venue for parties like Toast. Over 500 people RSVP'd to this year's gathering making it the biggest one yet. As soon as the doors opened, spirited folks flowed into the annex and craft booze was being poured everywhere you look. Over 40 distillers were on hand with hundreds of different bottles of unique beverages for us lucky attendees to try. Once I was satisfied with my photo coverage, I eagerly joined the patrons and participated in sippin' down some spirits. Everything I tasted over the course of the evening was enjoyable, but trying a Polish favorite called Krupnik was easily my favorite experience during the night. This honey liqueur traces its roots back to the 1500's and to this day, the sweet tasting flavors of Krupnik remain very popular in Poland. Only a few distilleries are producing it here in the states, so I feel lucky to have tried the local JVR Spirits version of this classic. And discoveries like this are a big part of why I love photographing tasting events, cheers y'all!
Click HERE to see every picture we have captured from the last three years of TOAST in Portland
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My name is Cameron Smith, welcome to my studio. I specialize in portrait photography, event coverage, and some say I have a thing for dive bars and cocktails.. Based in Atlanta with frequent trips to Las Vegas and Portland Oregon, I love to travel. Design and writing skills are some of the extra services I can bust out with my camera. From blogs to photo books, and below average art that consists mostly of ink drawings, I'm considered by my Mom to be an artist - whatever my Mom says goes! I'm also lucky enough to be the in-house photographer with Hogs & Heifers Saloon in Las Vegas, I've taken pictures of some wild shit! When not taking pictures of said crazy things, or planning a wedding celebration on my future ranch, you can find me in my garden with my wife and pets.
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