Our Story

Started as a brewer at McMenamins and co-founded House Spirits before starting Bull Run Distillery. Lee is the founder and head distiller of Bull Run Distillery in Portland, Oregon.

He is a native Oregonian and began his career as a brewer. He moved on to winemaking when he encountered his first distilling experiences, which led him to settle on becoming a distiller, where he has been distilling legally and professionally since 1998.

He started House Spirits Distillery in 2004 where he helped create several popular craft spirit brands of which his namesake Medoyeff Vodka and Aviation Gin are the most successful. He was one of the founding members and first president of the Oregon Distillers Guild, America’s first craft distillers guild. In 2010, with his sights set on making a pure malt Oregon Whiskey, he started Bull Run Distillery. focusing on dark, aged spirits, where he is making Rum from Hawaiian cane sugar and a pure malt Oregon style whiskey.
Born in Portland and growing up in the northwest Ryan learned to truly appreciate the important role craft spirits (and beer) play in the lives of many Oregonians...not simply for the great flavor but also for the ability it provides to connect like-minded people in neighborhoods across Portland and communities beyond.

Currently, Ryan is developing a program to more closely partner with local breweries. Whether it is a co-branded project or simply making barrels available to new and old partners alike, he is here to help!

When not distilling, blending or bottling - you can usually find him exploring the region on foot, bike, snowboard or maybe even living in a van down by the river!
Coming from the Oregon local wine scene with over a decade in sales and managing events, Jennifer joined team BRD in 2013.

The “experience” of a brand from tasting to pairing to playing with has always been her priority to pass along to the consumer and the connoisseur.

Which is especially easy to her when the brand is backed by a “family”-like company where attention to the detail is the key.

Living in Oregon most of her life has her also looking for the best quality local ingredient for creating in food and drink.
When you come visit the Bull Run distillery tasting room you are going to see our tasting room manager Stephany Hallberg.

Portland native, Stephany, has been with Bull Run Distillery since 2015. After falling in love with our whiskey she was then eager to learn as much as possible about spirits and cocktails.

While in the tasting room take a minute to look around and ask Stephany about the different bitters and cocktail syrups, she can give you some fun recipes!

If you have any tasting room inquires please feel free to contact Stephany.

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