Our Story

Medoff 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.

Medoff was born and raised in Oregon 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. It is here that he focuses on creating dark, aged spirits, from rum made with Hawaiian cane sugar to many expressions of whiskey.

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.

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