American Pioneer Spirits at Ewing Young Farm™, dba 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. Ewing Young Farm is a working thoroughbred ranch that charms visitors with the natural beauty of its horses, barns, trees, pastures, roadways, and ponds.
Our tasting room, on which we will soon start construction, is located in a portion of the stallion barn in the farm’s main 35,000 square foot barn. There you will be able to sample and purchase our Ewing Young Spirits™, visit the Farm’s champion stallions, play games, enjoy delicious food and drink, and learn about Ewing Young® and some of America’s other fascinating Pioneers. The distillery, which is in a separate building on the Farm, is not open to the public at this time.
Ewing Young, buried at the Farm under a magnificent Oregon Heritage Oak, truly is a larger-than-life figure of the American West. A small Oregon State Park surrounds the tree, known as the Ewing Young Oak™, and marks Young’s gravesite. The tree and grave are wholly contained on the 145-acre Farm property, which is the epicenter of the 50 square miles Young claimed as his own back in 1834.
Ewing Young’s remarkable—and little known—true story inspired us to create a distillery at the Farm.
Around 1837 Young decided to distill liquor, and an alarmed Oregon Temperance Society offered to pay him to cease his spirits operations. Young agreed “for the present,” but reserved the right to start distilling again. 180 years later, we are fulfilling his—and our—dream.
Ewing Young was never content with the status quo, and he led an adventurous life. He left his job as a Tennessee carpenter to become a southwest 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 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 there.
Ewing Young is a Federally-registered trademark.