Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spooktacular Spirits

 by Joy Spencer

In the spirit of Halloween, here's a list ghoulish potions perfect for your haunted evening. You can find these spirits at Oregon liquor stores. Go to for more information!

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

Captain Morgan Tattoo

Crystal Head Vodka

Dead Guy Whiskey

Death’s Door

Espolon Reposado Tequila

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut

Kah Tequila

Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Liquore Strega

Lucid Absinthe

Redrum Voodoo Spiced Rum

SinFire Whiskey

Stein Seven Devils Rum

Tarantula Azul

Tarantula Plata Tequila

Tequila Chamucos Anejo Especial

Have a safe Halloween! Don't drink and drive, and please celebrate responsibly! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Oregon Liquor Control Commission 101

by Joy Spencer

How many breweries, wineries and distilleries are in Oregon? How does the Oregon Liquor Control Commission help local businesses?  What does OLCC do to keep people safe?  Where does all that money go? What does OLCC do for me? 

Any of these questions sound familiar?  We get them all the time.  Thanks to a grant from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, we’re going to try to answer them – in about eight minutes.

Our new video, “OLCC: It’s Your Business,” covers topics that aren’t normally discussed, but people are always amazed by the answers.  For example, most folks know that our inspectors work with businesses to make sure they are following liquor laws.  But did you know that the alcohol education program offers tips on real life situations – like how to remove a drink from someone who’s had too much?

Did you know that liquor stores in Oregon aren’t owned by the state?  Or, that you can get a selection of 1800 different products at any liquor store in the state – even if it isn’t on the shelf?

Most folks aren’t aware that the OLCC distributes hundreds of millions of dollars to fund state and local programs – like education, healthcare, police and fire. 

You might know that we issue liquor licenses to bars, restaurants, taverns and grocery stores.  But do you know how we do it? 

Bottom line is, we are your OLCC – and you should know what we do for you. From gathering input on new rules that affect you and your community to recruiting volunteers for minor sales checks – OLCC is your business and we want you to be involved.  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rob Patridge appointed to OLCC Board of Commissioners

by Joy Spencer

Rob Patridge (2nd Congressional District) has been appointed to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s board of commissioners.

Patridge was nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the legislature. Patridge grew up on a working cattle ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon and has served southern Oregon as a Deputy District Attorney, President of the Medford City Council, and for three terms as the State Representative from Medford where he was the House Majority Whip and Chaired the Public Safety Sub-Committee of Ways and Means. He also served as the General Counsel for the Rogue Valley Manor/Pacific Retirement Services, President of multi-state real estate development firm and served as the General Counsel and District Director for U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, and as a private business consultant.

Patridge serves on the Board of the Rogue Valley Timbers Soccer Club, Advisory Board for the S.M.A.R.T. reading program, and is active in Scouting.

Patridge has been married for 15 years to his wife Mary and has two children.

The five citizen commissioners are the policy-making body of the OLCC. They meet monthly for one or two days to make decisions on liquor licenses, rules, contested case hearings and appointments of liquor store agents. Commission meetings are held every other month at OLCC's main office, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Room 103A in Portland. Subsequent months, the meetings are held via phone.

Meet the other OLCC Commissioners