I'm Emily, the Founder & Owner of fern + shaker. At the heart of all things, I'm a whiskey lover and cocktail enthusiast. I moved to Portland, OR just over a year ago from New York City and started things here as a way to get back to a place of creativity and an opportunity to share my love of cocktails with the world. I use my creative background and my artistic energy to develop recipes, style and photograph cocktails, produce beautiful events, and educate people on what makes the perfect drink.
I started my career as an opera singer, but after discovering the joys of whiskey and cocktails, I left that life behind for more spiritous endeavors. I enjoy crafting flavorful and balanced cocktails, focused on highlighting the ingredients, and making something as beautiful to the eyes as it is to the lips.
In my former life as a New Yorker, I founded and ran the Astoria Whiskey Society, a group which had over 300 members all around the NY Metro area. Organizing events and creating cocktails around whiskey is one of my greatest joys. While running my whiskey society, I also acted as a whiskey educator and specialist for some of the country's biggest whiskey portfolios, namely: Beam Suntory, Edrington Americas, and Campari America. In addition to conducting whiskey education, I have also designed custom cocktail recipes, assisted with photo shoots, and curated social content for clients large and small.
I excel at working with brands to help make their products stand out in the marketplace. I especially enjoy educating people about whiskey and other spirits, and of course, cocktails. In addition to whiskey, I can often be found drinking negronis, palomas, and anything to do with tiki. I have a weak spot for ramen and any food that's Southeast Asian. I'm a fan of winged liner and am guilty of owning way too much lipstick.
In addition to my work at fern + shaker, I currently own and operate the Portland Whiskey Society, a place where everyone can enjoy and learn about whiskey in a laid-back, and unpretentious environment, while making new whiskey friends. We hold regular social gatherings, as well as sit-down tastings, and whiskey dinners. If you're interested in getting to know more about whiskey, check out our calendar and join us for one of our upcoming events.
Hope to see you soon, with a glass in your hand!