What is Wilderton?
Instead of the traditional approach to cocktails, Wilderton offers a new way to enjoy drinking—free of alcohol. Complex in flavor and striking in mouthfeel, our non-alcoholic botanical spirits are made to hold up on their own or to be mixed in cocktails.
How is Wilderton made?
Earthen and Lustre are distilled for flavor, not alcohol. Let's take a second to geek out on what we do… While traditional copper pot stills are the gold standard in alcoholic botanical extraction and distillation, they are inherently flawed as the best tool to explore the full range of botanical options. Traditional stills boil their contents at very high temperatures, thereby destroying delicate flavors and aromas bound within many plants. Instead, our unique process borrows methods from traditional tea making, combined with a modern vacuum still, known as a Spinning Cone Column (SCC) still. This combination harnesses the power of water, a strong vacuum, and gentle heat in order to refine and intensify the true nature of raw botanicals. We hand weigh batches of each botanical, steep them together in hot water, and then vacuum distill the “tea” in the SCC at low pressure and temperature to retain the truest essence of the botanical aromas and flavors (many of which would otherwise be burned away in a traditional still). The results are complex, potent, and wildly fragrant.
Our latest expression, Bittersweet Aperitivo, is not distilled but also relies on traditional botanical extraction techniques - first we extract botanicals in hot water, then combine the extract with unfermented non-alcoholic Chardonnay grape juice and single-botanical distillates. The unfermented grape juice lends a sweetness while the botanicals provide an herbal complexity and long-lasting finish that is both refreshing and stimulates appetite.
Who makes Wilderton?
Seth O’Malley, our Founding Distiller, makes each batch of Wilderton from start to finish. From sourcing the best raw botanicals from around the world, to measuring them into the brew kettle, to running the SCC, we do everything ourselves here in Oregon.
What does Wilderton taste like?
Flavorful, complex, and delicious. Globally sourced ingredients are layered together to unlock unique flavors that range from deep and smoky to bright and punchy to aromatic and bittersweet. Our expressions are bold, intricate, and made to linger. There’s no need to embellish with complicated cocktail ingredients, but the foundation of our spirits can support the whims of most creative bartenders. When preparing at home, Wilderton expressions can be mixed with tonic water, ginger ale or soda water and a simple citrus garnish for a delicious, easy-to-make NA drink.
Is Wilderton gluten free? Caffeine free? Vegan?
Yes! All of our expressions are free of gluten caffeine, and they are also vegan. While Bittersweet Aperitivo contains a small amount of natural sugars from the unfermented grape juice used as a base, Earthen and Lustre are both calorie free and sugar free.
Why isn’t Wilderton declared to be GMO free or organic?
Wherever possible we do seek non-GMO certificates and organic statements from our vendors, however such documentation is not available for some of the rare botanicals used in Wilderton.
How best to enjoy Wilderton?
Wilderton can be used in many ways – from classic or bespoke cocktails to a splash of soda water or tonic water over ice, enjoy it any way you like it. Click here for more delicious recipe ideas.
Who is Wilderton?
We are seasoned distillers with extensive industry experience and a healthy dose of restlessness. We’re excited to pursue the endless potential of non-alcoholic botanical spirits that offer compelling flavor experiences, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and provide inspiration and connection for us all. Learn more about us here.
Is Wilderton 100% free of alcohol?
Wilderton is classified by the FDA as non-alcoholic, but does contain a trace (less than 0.1% ABV) of alcohol. Ripe fruit, bread, vinegar and other common foods and beverages can also naturally contain similar trace amounts of alcohol.
Can I drink Wilderton when pregnant, on a diet, or taking medications?
We recommend that you consult your health care provider for any specific questions or concerns.
Does Wilderton have a best by date?
Earthen and Lustre do not need nor benefit from refrigeration and we recommend consuming them within 120 days after opening.
We recommend refrigerating Bittersweet Aperitivo after opening to maintain freshness but it is not required, and we recommend consuming it within 90 days after opening.
Where is Wilderton available for purchase?
Wilderton is currently available for home shipments nationwide by clicking here - we offer free shipping within the continental US. It can also be found at a growing number of bars, restaurants, and retailers in Oregon and Washington with additional locations soon to follow. Click here to see where Wilderton is offered near you.
How can I carry Wilderton at my establishment?
Please contact us here and we will happily contact you about wholesale business opportunities.