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The Free Spirits

The Free Spirits

Freeland Free Spirits program celebrates female-identifying, transgender, and gender-nonconforming Oregonians who are busting through the glass ceilings and soaring. These are people who think and act in an uninhibited way without worrying about so-called rules or norms. We might call them non-conformists, rule-benders, iconoclasts, mavericks, or bohemians. We might say they march to their own beat, to their own muse. We appreciate them for their abilities to help their community, to create beauty, to be original, to blaze trails, and to celebrate unabashedly.

Know a good candidate for our next Free Spirit? Nominate her today!

Caroline Fitchett, We Win

Caroline Fitchett, We Win

Caroline’s work has shaped historic changes on issues ranging from climate change and education to healthcare and civil rights. With over 20 years of experience rooted in community organizing, Fitchett has run dozens of local candidate and ballot measure campaigns, legislative campaigns and, statewide ballot measures. Caroline heads We Win, a local strategy group that works to bring an activist’s perspective to political campaigning, with the goal of using campaigns to build lasting power and capacity in our communities.

Freeland Spirits Hibiscus Gin Margarita Cocktail

A portion of the proceeds from the Hibiscus Gin Margarita will benefit We Win to celebrate Caroline.

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Chris Otis, Smart Reading

Chris Otis with her Freeland Spirits Cocktail

Cheers to our December Free Spirit, Chris Otis! Chris is the Executive Director of SMART, Start Making a Reader Today, which provides books and reading support to 12,000 low-income students across Oregon and supports educators who are in the thick of distance learning. When COVID hit and SMART's 5,000 volunteers couldn't go into schools, SMART built a virtual reading platform from scratch. And after schools closed last March, SMART still got 33,000 new books into the hands of kids. Thank you Chris, and all of the educators supporting our students right now. You're all heroes.

Freeland Spirit Cranberry Whiskey Sour Cocktail

In honor of Chris, a percentage of proceeds from the Cranberry Whiskey Sour cocktail kit will go to SMART.

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Katie Santora, Salud

Katie Santora, Salud

Katie Santora is the winemaker at Chehalem Wines. Katie has a degree in enology and viticulture from UC Davis and has traveled the world, from Australia to Chile, learning how to make wine. During her eight year tuenure at Chehalem, Katie has facilitated every aspect of the winemaking process. Katie has trained many female winemakers, paving the way for a more diversified wine industry. Molly and Lee of Freeland partnered with Katie and her team to make the new French 75 cans, with Freeland Gin, Chehalem INOX Chardonnay, bubbles and lemon. 

The French 75 Deconstructed Kit

The French 75 Deconstructed Kit, including a 4-pack of French 75 cans, a bottle of Freeland Gin and a bottle of Chehalem unoaked INOX Chardonnay will benefit Salud!, supporting access to healthcare services for Oregon vineyard workers and their families.

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Eliza Canty-Jones, Oregon Historical Society

Eliza Canty-Jones, Oregon Historical Society

It’s been 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  To honor this, and women everywhere, we honored Eliza Canty-Jones as a Free Spirit. Eliza is the Director of Community Engagement at the Oregon Historical Society and helps educate the community on the importance of women’s suffrage. Proceeds from the Cocktail Kit “Nevertheless She Persisted” went to support the Oregon Historical Society.

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Alejandra Ferris, Centro Cultural de Washington County

Free Spirit Alejandra Ferris at the Freeland Distillery

Congratulations to Alejandra Ferris, our first virtual Free Spirit! Alejandra was nominated by someone in the community who noticed her dedication to the Latinx community. Alexandra is a 3rd Year Clinical Psychology Student with a Sabiduría Latinx Emphasis.

Alejandra selected a favorite quarantine cocktail kit made with a Freeland Fresh hibiscus mixer. She renamed it “Verano Sin Fin” (endless summer, in Spanish, because that’s what it tastes like to her!) A portion of the proceeds from the Verano Sin Fin and the Verano Sin Fin (2 ways with Geneva and Gin) will benefit Centro Cultural de Washington County for the next month.

Alejandra has poured hours into building and implementing a curriculum for culturally- and linguistically-sensitive health promotion for Oregon Latinxs. She is a leader on a team who have trained community leaders on how to promote health and wellness within their communities. Even now during COVID-19, she works to put together online and remote trainings for community members. She is a leader in social justice movements and inspires others to do more, speak up, or be louder about important social issues. Community outreach and engagement is a huge part of her focus as a psychology trainee, which will undoubtedly set her up to continue to make meaningful change for social equity.

*Some* of her outreach work includes: volunteering in our university's interdisciplinary diabetes clinic, visiting vineyards in the Willamette Valley to talk to workers about mental wellness, coordinating and/or hosting community trainings, training others to carry on psycho-educational work. Thank you, Alejandra, for everything you do for our community!

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Grace Hennessey McMickens, Brown girl rise

Grace Hennessey McMickens, Brown girl rise

Grace Hennessey McMickens is this month’s virtual Free Spirit! Grace is the Program Coordinator for @browngirlrise focusing on empowerment-based educational models for young femmes of color. She also volunteers time with Voz Worker’s Rights Education Project and the Portland African American Leadership Forum. Grace loves our Rosemary Ginger Whiskey Sour cocktail kit- a portion of the proceeds will benefit Brown Girl Rise for the next month. Thank you, Grace, for the inspirational work you do!

***Grace has been such an inspiration for us that we've decided to support her and Brown Girl Rise for a second month.***

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Maxine Dexter

Maxine Dexter at the Freeland Distillery

Maxine Dexter is a critical care and pulmonary doc at Kaiser. She initiated and drafted a letter from 300 physicians to put pressure on the governor's office to act quickly to flatten the COVID-19 curve and has continued to provide leadership nationally with a letter to Mike Pence with now over 5000 physicians supporting her recommendations. In the midst of this, she has not removed her name from the ballot for state representative, but has said she will spend no more time on campaign events and is focused 100% on medical care for our community through this crisis. She is a huge advocate for equity and access to housing, education, and healthcare for all. 

Proceeds from each Freeland Spirits Booze Thru cocktail kit will go to a COVID 19 recovery effort of Maxine’s choosing.

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Eboni Brown, Rosehaven PDX

Eboni Brown, Rosehaven PDX

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?

Eboni Brown leaves everyone with a desire to improve their neighborhood. All she wants to do is better her community, whether that be through activism, volunteering, coaching, or just showing up. Social work and community involvement has been a major part of her life and she surrounds herself with amazing individuals who have made it part of theirs as well. Come to our tasting room for a Neighborhood Mom cocktail and brainstorm how you can show up more for your own neighborhood.

Free Spirits Neighborhood Mom Cocktail



1.5 oz Bourbon

1 oz Lemon

.5 oz Ancho Reyes 

.5 oz Simple Syrup

2 dropfulls of. Hell Fire Bitters

Rim a rocks glass with Tajin

Shake all ingredients together.

Double strain using a Hawthrone strainer and a fine strainer.

Top with new ice and add a tamarind spoon

Proceeds from this cocktail will go to the Rose Haven Shelter for Women and Children. According to Eboni, Rose Haven is not just a place of refuge for those seeking services, but a place that has provided community and support for all those involved in the organization. Rose Haven has given her a home away from home and continues to work to provide more opportunities and increased awareness for those who are often left voiceless and without access to basic needs.

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Dayna Pinkham, Rosehaven PDX

Dayna Pinkham, Rosehaven PDX

Dayna Pinkham is a positive force within Portland’s maker community and is keeping often forgotten hat making techniques alive and well. In the 1980’s she began her millinery career in Seattle, where she apprenticed to the late John Eaton, venerable milliner and fashion designer. During four years with Eaton, she learned the time-honored methods of design conception: steaming and shaping felt, straw, and buckram over wood blocks; and finishing with fine hand stitching which she still carries on today. Currently she is renowned as one of the West Coast's top milliners, Dayna Pinkham's growing national and international clientele ranging between celebrities, politicians and everyday folk. Dayna Pinkham designs and constructs her exceptional hats in her downtown Portland design studio/boutique. The shop is a unique fixture within Portland, as it is the only operating millinery in the city. Her hats are frequently featured at fashion shows, fundraising auctions, and benefit events. Currently, Dayna is busy creating her own, original hat blocks with the aid of her new-found block makers, and is excited about the future, hoping to both explore environmental concerns and contribute to pushing the industry out of the past and into the future.

Free Spirits Mad Hatter Cocktail

Mad Hatter

2 oz Freeland Bourbon

.75 oz amaro nonino

1 dropper full cubeb pepper bitters

Stir and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel and a Luxardo maraschino cherry.

With the help from Freeland’s Bar Manager KaCee, Dayna’s Free Spirit Cocktail is the Madhatter. Proceeds from this cocktail went to the Rose Haven Shelter for Women and Children.

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Crazy Aunt Lindsey, Rose's Fund

Crazy Aunt Lindsey, Rose's Fund

Lindsey is the award-winning creator + host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, YouTube’s most beloved kids science web series that takes everyday science concepts and turns them into fabulous DIY projects children can do at home with their families.

Named one of Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2019, Lindsey E. Murphy has been called a “visionary,” “ force of nature,” “breath of fresh air,” and is said to “light up the darkest corners of any room.” This may be because she believes in and strived toward a world full of joy, fun, healed hearts, and people empowered and released to truly live out the fullness of their lives. These are the values that inform every single thing she does.

Come to the tasting room and celebrate Crazy Aunt Lindsey with her custom drink, The Fab Lab. Lindsey chose Rose's Fund as her non-profit in honor of the anniversary of a beloved pets passing. Rose’s Fund made sure that her cat's last days were comfortable. Come into the tasting room today and taste this delicious creation!

The Fab Lab cocktail

The Fab Lab

2 oz Freeland Bourbon
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz ginger honey syrup

Shake all ingredients

Double strain over a large ice cube - frozen with a little lavender.

And to really honor Lindsey and her love of science, we're burning a small amount of cherry wood and snuffing out the flame in the glass the cocktail will be served in. The smoke collects in the glass, giving a beautiful smoky aroma. Come to the tasting room for a little Fab Lab drink-making science show and ask the Freeland bartenders how to make the ginger honey syrup and lavender ice cubes.

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