This is classic eau de vie de poire. We use Williams (Bartlett) pears from our own orchards in Parkdale, Oregon. We crush and ferment the whole pear and then distill the pure fruit mash in our German-made pot stills. It takes about 30 pounds of pears to make one 750ml bottle of Pear Brandy. This is still our best product and our best seller. The pear nose is intense, the taste is strong, but pure, and the aftertaste is clean with a surprisingly strong hint of pear. In warmer parts of the country and in the summer, it should be served chilled.
Double Gold medal winner at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition, 2000.
Compared to European brandies such as Trimbach and Massenez, Clear Creek’s is ‘Best of all’ and ‘peerlessly true to the original fruit.’
Michael Franz, The Washington Post, December 17, 2003
‘…the most extraordinary eaux-de-vie in America, indeed, in the world.’
The Wine Bible, by Karen MacNeil, 2001
‘Quite spectacular’ R.W. Apple, Jr., New York Times, January 27, 1999