Matt Mount is no stranger to the wonderful world of cocktails. Before founding Merit Badge, Matt worked for House Spirits Distillery for 7 years, and prior to that was bar manager at Paley’s Place. Within that time Matt learned a lot of valuable skills, namely, how to make a mighty fine cocktail.

Fast forward a few years, and Merit Badge is making mighty fine cocktails all over the place. Merit Badge has provided superior bar service at countless events throughout the Northwest --  at weddings, private dinners, office parties, birthday parties, corporate events, and more. In addition, Merit Badge offers cocktail classes, a bottled cocktail drop-off service, and beverage and menu consulting.


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Matt Mount, Founder, Troop Leader, Bar Magician

Favorite Portland Cocktail:

Christine Perfect at Tusk - Olmeca Altos reposado, Cascadia d’Amore, Clear Creek pear eau de vie, sauvignon blanc vinegar, honey


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Lindsay Strannigan, Client Relations and Administrative Manager, Superstar

Lindsay is responsible for all client inquiries, estimates, invoices, and communication with clients. Event planning and organization.

Favorite Portland Cocktail:

Pedro Martinez at Rum Club - Aged Guyana Rum, Torino Vermouth, Maraschino, Orange & Falernum Bitters, Lemon Oil


Kathleen Dolan, Event Manager

In addition to the wonderfulness she brings to Merit Badge, Kathleen is also Chief Editor of Thru Magazine.

Favorite Portland Cocktail:

The Alden at Old Gold - Pint of Ranier and shot of whiskey