Our Story – North Drinkware

Our Story


What started as a side hustle is slowly growing into a family business.

We are a team of three friends that together have over 30 years of experience in product design, engineering and marketing who live and work between Bend and Portland, Oregon. We all explore the mountains, coast, trails and rivers as much as possible. Originally, we came from the East Coast (Matt & Leigh) and from NorCal (Nic), but Oregon has become our home over the last decade to both of our families.

 Our launch on Kickstarter

We launched North Drinkware and The Oregon Pint launched on Kickstarter on February 1, 2015.  The project goal was $15,000, which was planned to fund our production tooling, equipment and the first large run of glasses. The momentum of the campaign was blistering. The Oregon Pint surpassed $15,000 in 5 hours and 15 minutes, 200% funded in 28 hours, 2000% funded in five days, 5000 backers at 24 days and the campaign closed at 3,543% funded by 5,620 backers totaling $531,581.  North Drinkware was selected as a Kickstarter staff pick, and was featured in dozens of local, national and international press including The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Cool Hunting, Uncrate, Slate, Transworld Business, OregonLive/The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, Portland Tribune, Willamette Weekly, among others.

Needless to say, the launch and Kickstarter was quite a ride! We are so thankful for all of the support from our backers, media, craft beer and glass blowing communities at large for helping spread the word and bringing The Oregon Pint to life.