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We’re a tech-driven creative agency specializing in website, branding, marketing, and content for the craft beverage industry with a focus on craft distilleries. It’s never too late to start growing your online presence. 

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Here are a few testimonials from recent clients.

High-Proof was just what we needed when we launched our Hazelnut Bourbon Whiskey in Oregon. Karen was instrumental in setting up events, arranging social media influences and introducing us to potential clients. A bonus was that we found her creative writing skills exceptional and ended up hiring her to write our back labels for our Pecan infused and Pecan Barrel Strength bourbon whiskey which just hit shelves last month. I highly recommend Karen, the staff and services of High Proof Creative!

Gloria Z., Wicked Harvest

As a new small business, I relied heavily on High-Proof Creative’s vast knowledge and experience in helping me develop my brand and strategic marketing. Our first meeting, Karen came prepared with research, data and ideas all geared toward my desires to rebrand and expand. High-Proof Creative are the complete package for my company from high-end label design to target marketing to page administration and monitoring, they handle it all! From day one Karen always felt like part of my company!

Andrea W., Honeybee Sparkling Lemonade and Syrups
Founded by Karen Locke

Woman Founded & Owned

Karen founded High-Proof Creative, an award-winning branding and marketing agency for the craft beverage industry in 2018. She is author of “High-Proof PDX: A Spirited Guide to Portland’s Craft Distilling Scene” and has been a food and drink writer, and worked at marketing agencies for nearly 10 years prior to launching High-Proof Creative. Karen has been published by GQ magazine, Bon Appétit, Sip Northwest, and more. Karen joined the Women’s Distillery Guild as a board member in 2018, and currently serves on the board of the Portland Culinary Alliance. She is also member of the Women of the Vine & Spirits, American Distilling Institute, and American Craft Spirits Association.


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