About the Distillery

Our location in downtown Cannon Beach.

Our location in downtown Cannon Beach.

Mike Selberg opened Cannon Beach Distillery on July 1st 2012 with the singular goal of crafting the best possible spirits. Every drop of alcohol we produce is fermented from raw ingredients, distilled, matured, bottled and labeled in house, in Cannon Beach, Oregon. We will not sell a spirit unless we believe it is of high enough quality to enjoy neat, at room temperature. We fully expect and welcome their use in cocktails, but we believe it is our job to focus on the spirit first and the cocktail second. None of our spirits are sweetened, thickened, caramel colored, chill filtered, or adulterated in any way after they are distilled except to be proofed and/or barrel-aged prior to bottling.

Bernie the still.

Bernie the still.

 
 

Every spirit is crafted in small batches, open-top fermented, and single distilled through a custom made Vendome Copper Still named Bernie. The entire process is visible from our tasting room and the windows that run the length of our building. We believe that every customer should leave our tasting room with a greater knowledge of spirits in general. The quality of our product will always come first, but educating consumers is vital to the enjoyment of all great spirits.

 
 
This trophy is from the American Distilling institute.  The Donlon Shanks Amber Rum won best in class, all before the business was two years old.

This trophy is from the American Distilling institute.  The Donlon Shanks Amber Rum won best in class, all before the business was two years old.

CBD’s commitment to quality has lead to national recognition. In 2014, the Donlon Shanks Amber Rum was awarded a Gold Medal, Best in Category, and Best in Class of any style of Rum at the American Distilling Institute, the largest and longest running national competition for craft spirits. The following year, the Dorymen’s Silver Rum was awarded a Best of Category for all un-aged Rums in the same competition. In the first 3 years of business, CBD has been awarded 12 different similar honors for its core three spirits.

The fermentation process

The fermentation process

 
 

We believe that Distilling is an art form, and that spirits should be harmonious compositions of aromas, flavors, textures, and finishing tones. We are constantly refining our process with the goal of making every batch better than the last. A batch number is written on every bottle so that people enjoying our spirits can track our progress and compare each new batch to the last.

Every label is hand numbered, and signed. 

Every label is hand numbered, and signed. 

We group the spirits we craft into three different categories:  The Rock Series,  The Tidal Series, &  The Carronade Collection.

Our chalkboard in the tasting room. 

Our chalkboard in the tasting room. 

The chalkboard changes based on inventory and production.

The chalkboard changes based on inventory and production.

The Rock Series are Spirits we produce on a regular basis, and should always be available. This series consists of the Dorymen’s Silver Rum, Donlon Shanks Amber Rum, and Il Kêyóte Spirits Distilled from Agave.

The Rock Series bottles patiently waiting for new homes.

The Rock Series bottles patiently waiting for new homes.

The Tidal Series are spirits we produce every year, seasonally, or when we simply have time. Currently this series consists of the Lost Buoy Gin and Peters’ Family Gin. Several other spirits will hopefully be added in 2016.

The Carronade Collection are spirits that are manufactured once, and may never be repeated. We take Whiskey very seriously. So seriously that we would gladly sacrifice the financial gain of a regularly produced Whiskey so that we can experiment with different mash bills, fermentation, distillation, and maturation techniques. We have hardly begun to explore all the possibilities of what Whiskey can be. This collection allows us to gain a better understanding of a variety of techniques and puts CBD on the cutting edge of new styles and ideas. We try to produce a new spirit in this collection every few months, but age most a minimum of two years. Sign up on our mailing list and stay posted to social media to get updates on future releases.

The Cannonade Collection as of December, 2015

The Cannonade Collection as of December, 2015