Central Oregon microdistillery gets new location


Central Oregon’s Bendistillery had to rewrite state land use laws to move into their new 24-acre site.

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Central Oregon’s Bendistillery had to rewrite state land use laws to move into their new 24-acre site.

Founder Jim Bendis modeled his company after local microbreweries that used fresh, local ingredients.

Bendis said: “Sometimes it’s tough to be a pioneer and we basically had to rewrite Oregon land use law to do what we are doing. There were classifications for wineries and breweries with sampling rooms in rural areas, but nothing that addressed distilleries.”

The move also places the operation squarely on the bourgeoning agritourism map and the longer term goal is to grow on-site the crops used in Bendistillery’s spirits, which are finding a widening national fan base.

Read more at Cascade Business News.

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