We're open Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM
Taste our world-class spirits and learn about their provenance along Ewing Young's trails.
Ewing Young is buried on the Farm and his grave is an important historical site. And, TWO Kentucky Derby champions-- Giacomo (2005) and Grindstone (1996)--stand at stud at Ewing Young Farm. They are used to paparazzi, so go ahead and snap a selfie with them.
There is much to see! And we always have coloring supplies and doggie clean up bags on hand. Wear your boots and take a tour to the Ewing Young grave, the Ewing Young Heritage Oak, and the horses and big barn. Kids must be accompanied by adults, naturally, and we appreciate a call ahead if you'd like a tour: 503-799-6667.
Chef Tucker created delicious Fall cocktails with pumpkin, spices, and oh yes, REAL EGGNOG. Made with fresh egg yolks, vanilla bean, and cream.
Our classic favorites, such as the Malt Nectar, Tart Sausalito Rye, and Bourbon Mocha are on the menu, too.
Yum. And, we have freshly brewed hot coffee. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers.
For the purists, we always have flights and tastes.
NEW FALL & WINTER PRICING on tastes, flights, and cocktails. Pictured: The Expedition - Russet Potato Vodka, Rye Mash Whiskey, Barley & Caramel Malt Whiskey, and Oak Bourbon in our genuine Scottish Wee Glen Cairn whiskey glasses.
Our tasting tent is heated and has fantastic views of the Chehalem Mountains, orchards, the pond, and the Ewing Young Heritage Oak. Dress warmly and wear your mud boots so you can check out the grounds.
The heated Ewing Young Distillery Tasting Tent is open
Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 5 PM.
We love kids and dogs and both are welcome (must be supervised by someone 21+).
You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch (but please leave beverages behind).
Tours are free. Call ahead to schedule a Tour: 503-799-6667.
We love groups! Call to arrange a day and time: 503-799-6667.
The Ewing Young Distillery Tasting Tent and patio are wheelchair- and walker-friendly.
Handicap parking available.
Some of the tour areas are not readily accessible (under the tree, for example).
Ewing Young Distillery shares Ewing Young Farm™ with a private residence and
Oakhurst Equine, a busy equine vet practice and breeding and training facility.
For the safety of all visitors and animals, and to respect the privacy of the residents,
Distillery visitors must stay in the Distillery area unless on a guided tour.
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Ewing Young Distillery™ is a family-owned Oregon distillery located in the heart of Oregon wine country at Ewing Young Farm™,
just 28 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. and 5 miles west of downtown Newberg.
We named our distillery for Ewing Young, Oregon's first distiller and the pioneer buried at the Farm under the Ewing Young Heritage Oak.
Ewing Young truly is a larger-than-life figure of the American West.
Read more about him in “Learn About the Remarkable Adventurous Life of Ewing Young” (see below).
Ewing Young Farm is a working thoroughbred farm that charms visitors with the natural beauty of its horses, barns, trees, pastures, roadways, and ponds. Another family business, Oakhurst Equine Veterinary Services, has operated on the Farm since 1996 and is well-known among horse breeders, owners, and enthusiasts.
Due to significant growth in Oakhurst’s business at the Farm, we have changed from our original plan to locate in the Oakhurst stallion barn.
We are working on plans now that will keep us out of Farm horse traffic.
In the meantime, we are open for business in our heated Tasting Tent right next to the Distillery, where you can taste and purchase Ewing Young spirits, check out the distillery, and enjoy the Farm’s scenery, especially the pond and the magnificent Ewing Young Oak™, an Oregon Heritage Tree.
Ewing Young is a Federally-registered trademark.
A delicious Western-style gin, not too heavy on juniper. Subtle notes of grapefruit and a touch of Cascade hops make for a bright, refreshing, and approachable gin. As lovely as a breezy Oregon summer day.
Ewing Young is an important American pioneer who is buried at Ewing Young Farm, where the Ewing Young Distillery is located.
A small Oregon State Park surrounds the Ewing Young Oak, a 172-year-old Oregon Heritage Tree that marks Ewing’s grave site. The tree and grave are wholly contained on the 145-acre Farm property, which is the epicenter of the 50 square miles Ewing Young claimed as his own back in 1834. Ewing's burial site and tree were so honored because he is an important figure not only in the history of Oregon but also the westward expansion of the United States.
Ewing Young’s remarkable—and little known—true life story inspired us to create a distillery at the Farm. Establishing a Distillery named for Ewing Young at his final resting place, in the heart of his original land claim, is a natural tribute to his saga.
Of Scots-Irish lineage, Ewing Young was born during the 1790s to American revolutionaries. He left his Tennessee home at age 14 to apprentice as a carpenter. Ewing's adventurous nature eventually led him to fur trapping and trailblazing—including the Santa Fe Trail—in the wild Southwest, where he was among the first Americans to arrive via wagon train in 1822. He settled in Taos for several years and married María Josefa Tafoya, the daughter of a prominent Mexican family.
Ewing’s physical stature and strength, intelligence, courage, forceful personality, and entrepreneurial abilities made him an imposing leader everywhere he went. Ewing Young became known to the Mexicans as “El Impresario” and to the Americans as “The Captain.” His daring, courage, and audacious nature are the source of several fascinating stories from this period.
After the bottom fell out of the fur trade, Ewing Young left Taos and decided to explore the unsettled Oregon Country he had heard about. He arrived in Oregon in 1834 with about 40 horses and staked his 50 square mile claim in the Chehalem Valley between the Red Hills of Dundee and the Chehalem Mountains, a small portion of which is the present-day Ewing Young Farm.
Ewing Young established the westernmost farm in the wild Oregon Country. An enterprising man, Ewing eventually established the area’s first grist mill, saw mill, trading post, and even a bank that loaned money to American settlers. And, he established the first distillery in the Oregon Country.
When Ewing arrived in the Oregon Country, the area and trade were controlled by Great Britain through its Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) agent and Fort Vancouver proctor, John McLoughlin. There was no love lost between John McLoughlin and Ewing Young. McLoughlin refused to trade with Ewing, and hoping to stem the tide of American migration, McLoughlin would trade with but not sell livestock to the handful of American settlers in the Oregon Country. Ewing and his men managed to survive and prosper without help from the HBC and were the only area settlers who were wholly independent of the British.
In 1836, to the chagrin of McLoughlin and the nearby Methodist Mission, Ewing Young began distilling "ardent spirits," also known as white lightening or unaged whiskey. By 1837, McLoughlin and local temperance society devotees had put an end to Ewing’s distillation enterprise by offering him a large sum of money to cease his spirits production. In a letter to the HBC, Young agreed to “cease the production of ardent spirits…for the present” and reserved the right to begin distilling again at any time.
More than 180 years later, we are fulfilling Ewing Young's—and our—distillery dream.
Ewing accepted the money, and as head of the newly-formed Willamette Cattle Company™, left for the Mexican province of Alta California (present-day Monterey and San Jose) to buy cattle. Back in the Oregon Country, they thought they’d seen the last of Ewing Young.
Months later, Ewing shocked everyone when he returned to the lush Chehalem Valley along with more than 600 head of Mexican longhorn cattle he had driven through the rugged terrain of the areas now known as Northern California and Southern Oregon. Ewing’s 1837 cattle drive was the first documented in North America.
With this audacious masterstroke, Ewing Young broke the Hudson’s Bay Company’s stranglehold over American pioneers in the Oregon Country. Ewing was happy to breed cattle and sell the American pioneers all they needed. The trickle of Americans coming to Oregon soon turned into the flood of American westward migration on the Oregon Trail.
The rest is history.
As we like to say at Ewing Young Distillery, Ewing Young helped take The Oregon Country from Great Britain without firing a shot—he did it by pouring a shot.™
Ewing Young was never content with the status quo, and he led an adventurous life. He was a carpenter, farmer, fur trapper, Sante Fe Trail blazer, cattleman, and all-around American maverick, eventually becoming the wealthiest man in the Oregon Territory.
When Ewing Young died in 1841, the need to probate his estate led directly to the formation of Oregon’s first provisional government. The official history of the State of Oregon, Volume 1, page 1, starts at the funeral of Ewing Young, held where the splendid 172-year old Ewing Young Oak continues to flourish at the current-day Farm.
We are eager to share more stories of this man who accomplished so much in his brief life—he died at 41 (or was it 51?--conflicting information exists)—and we plan to do so, along with other noteworthy but little-known American Pioneers, in the Distillery’s tasting room.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ewing Young Distillery.
Ewing Young is a Federally-registered trademark.
Artist’s depiction of Ewing Young by Alfredo Rodriguez – no known images exist.
Image Copyright 2018 American Pioneer Spirits at Ewing Young Farm LLC
Look for our yellow sign on Highway 240.
Please go slowly and give the right-of-way to horse trailers when driving on the Farm.
18715 NE Highway 240, Newberg, Oregon
No smoking or vaping is allowed on Ewing Young Farm.
Ewing Young Distillery is a wheelchair- and walker-friendly facility.