When the owners of Oregon Spirit Distillery decided to turn the old Habitat Restore building into their own space, they approached Ascent Architecture & Interiors. Ascent converted the buildings into a collection of spaces for OSD, including restaurant space for The Barrel Thief Lounge, a tasting room for visitors to try OSD spirits, a distillery that’s open for tours and visible from the dining area, and barrel storage.

Ascent worked with the owners to come up with a layout that used the existing building footprint while meeting the updated needs, and helped create an efficient production space for the distilling process.

For the unattached building, Ascent investigated the code pertaining to barrel spaces and found a path that would allow Oregon Spirit to leave the building uninsulated – just how whiskey and bourbon prefer it.

Now, patrons can enjoy a meal in the restaurant space where a garage door lets in an abundance of natural light and allows patio access for outdoor dining. Visitors can sample a flight of Oregon Spirit’s distilled creations or tour the distillery. And everyone who comes in can watch the distillery in action to find out how it works.

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