Eastside Distilling is Portland, Oregon’s premiere Distillery Row maker of hand-crafted, small batch spirits including bourbon, American whiskey, rum and potato vodka.
Executive Vice President of Operations - Master Distiller
Mel has found her true calling in craft distilling. The Portland native joined Eastside Distilling in the summer of 2012 after completing her apprenticeship and successful stint as Head Distiller at Rogue Distillery and Public House in Portland’s Pearl District. She is one of a few female distillers in the American craft distilling movement and the first female to masterfully tame the stills west of the Mississippi. Mel’s liberal arts education fuels her passion for the artistic intricacies, history and philosophy of distillation and is apparent in her modest yet highly decorated pedigree. One can find Mel with her crew tending to the numerous barrels, sampling new blends, reciting proper whiskey nomenclature or doing what she loves best of all: creating world class spirits.