Inside the Ryan Reynolds-Themed Aviation Gin Distillery in Portland

Though the actor sold the brand in 2020, his spirit permeates the new Northwest drinks destination

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“You just missed Timber Joey sawing the sign!”

Yes, I had just missed Joey Webber. That’s the extremely human mascot of Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers, who saws a round of Douglas fir off a log after each goal.

Webber had just taken a chainsaw to the middle of the wooden sign outside the main entrance of Aviation American Gin’s new Portland distillery, located somewhere between Route 30 and the Willamette River, amid a cluster of self-storage facilities, motorcycle fabricators and an Amazon distribution site.

It’s a nameless corner of the city—just above Slabtown, separated from Northwest and Forest Park, just south of the Northwest Industrial District.

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