The Walter Collective

The Walter Collective was formed to create unique spirits.  By using exceptional (and sometimes offbeat) ingredients and by partnering with forward-thinking distilleries, we’re able to create spirits that both honor tradition and bring new sensations to the palate.

The Walter Collective Gin

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The Walter Collective Gin


Who we are

Walter J. Bade was born on March 30, 1914. Walter served in WWII as a Machinist, got married to Margaret and had two daughters – Patricia and Jeanne. Walter earned his living selling Fords after the war, and later worked as an employee of the Chicago water department until he retired. During his life, he did what he needed to support his family. His true dream was to make a living as an artist. He never told me this; I read it in a 1940’s-era newspaper clipping where he won a penmanship contest (of all things).

The Walter Collective is named after my grandfather in tribute to his love for creating art. Our products are artfully crafted using premium ingredients in creative and thoughtful ways–like a beautiful painting or the wonderful music Walter admired by musicians such as Sarah Vaughan and Louis Armstrong. Here’s to Walter.  –Matt Melaik

Where we are

We’re adding new locations often, so come find TWC at the following Oregon locations:

Our Craft


The Walter Collective Gin has been carefully structured–first and foremost, you’ll taste the Italian juniper, which makes it uncommonly smooth. Atop that, there’s the subtle warmth of cassia and cardamom; and the entire experience is balanced and brightened with the zest and pith of grapefruit. Enjoy!

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