By Karen On March 11, 2019

What Sets High-Proof Creative Apart From Other Distillery Marketing & Design Agencies

It’s something I am often asked: “What sets High-Proof Creative apart from the other marketing agencies in the beverage space?” Hold on tight, this one is going to be enthralling! Seriously though, I have a bias but I think we’ve got something good going on here for these three reasons. There are plenty of agencies out there but there are less that specialize in distillery marketing & design.

Our background and knowledge in distilling.

After spending nearly 8 years writing hundreds of articles about the craft beverage industry, and writing the first-ever guidebook to distilling in Portland, I launched High-Proof Creative. While many industry-specific agencies have learned the nuances of distilling/beverage after many years in business — I’ve brought it to the table from the start. I’ve seen what it takes to get a distillery off the ground, I’ve documented experiences of what it’s like to be a woman in distilling, and I’ve even helped distill whiskey. With my proven background in distilling and beverage, I hope to provide a level of service the industry can’t get elsewhere.

Over the years, I also observed the pain points and struggles the industry faces, and that’s why it’s so important to me that High-Proof Creative not just provide creative services and websites but that we develop software and digital applications to help the industry grow. We’re close to launching Small-Batch Maps soon, with more applications and websites in our future plans.

We’re a woman-owned business.

Only 2% of distilleries are owned by women. I would go as far to guess that there are even fewer service and equipment providers owned by women in the distilling industry. Years ago and before working in this industry, I probably would have never described my company as “woman-owned,” but with time I’ve realized how much my visibility helps other women grow, and succeed.

We’re actually full-service.

High-Proof Creative isn’t just a design house or branding agency that calls itself a marketing agency. And no, it’s not just me! We provide a full suite of digital marketing and design services so that you have one point of contact for all of your marketing related needs. Whether it’s website maintenance, design, branding, social media, content, or recipe development — our growing team can provide you what you need to scale your beverage company.

Contact us today, to get started on your next marketing project with a company that knows distillery marketing & design. 


Karen Locke is Founder of High-Proof Creative. She has written about booze for magazines like GQ magazine, Bon Appétit, Thrillist, Sip Northwest, Chilled, and more. Additionally, Karen has many years of creative, and marketing agency work in Portland. She believes the darker the bar, the better.

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