My inspiration comes from my dad, Tim Firnstahl, who was a purveyor of fine spirits for over 50 years. Some of my favorite memories are driving to my dad’s first restaurant, Jake O’Shaughnessy’s Saloon, which was made famous by the Guinness World Book of Records as having the largest selection of whiskey. I remember sneaking into the saloon and peering in wonderment at the the tall mahogany library ladder rolling over the rows of colorful bottles, amazed at the number of them. The voice of my dad always telling me, “Merrisa these are the halcyon days.” The smells of cracked leather on the booths, rich wood paneling on the walls and swirls of tobacco coming from the cigar room are ingrained in my mind. I draw from those memories and family history in creating Northwest Spirits.
The Whiskey Whisperer is our Reward Bourbon, blended and aged using our proprietary process called the Savour Spear. Made of American white oak, the Savour Spear imparts balanced character, gently mellows and adds nuanced sweetness to every bottle. The Bar Boss collection is our mixologist approved Bourbon, Vodka and Gin perfect for your everyday cocktail.
I am proud and excited to welcome you the next generation of our family business. My name is Merrisa Firnstahl-Claridge. Now it’s my turn.