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Drank: Estate Winesap (Blue Mountain)

Blue Mountain’s Estate Winesap is a rarity among its contemporaries: an apple cider made by apple farmers. While most cideries buy their fruit from other sources, this bright, dry Champagne-co   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Swill Vs. 3-Way IPA (10 Barrel Brewing Vs. Fort George, Lompoc and Gigantic)

Just as the summer of 2013 had dueling radio hits (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”), in Portland it had dueling seasonal brews. Like a great pop song, they��   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Grand Cru (Mazama Brewing Co.)

Roundabout 2290 B.C., when Europeans were first using bronze and Native Americans were first growing corn, a giant volcano in Southern Oregon blew its top, leaving a crater now filled with a lake.   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Lemon Diesel (Flat Tail Brewing)

Just as Burgundy comes from Burgundy and Champagne comes from Champagne, beer has appellations, too. Leipziger Gose hails from Leipzig, Germany, and Berliner Weisse comes from Berlin. Thus, Flat   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Lucky As Helles (Breakside Brewery)

When I lived in Germany, “ein Helles” was my fallback order, and I spent many afternoons in leafy beer gardens sipping at half-liters while squeezing excessive mustard onto my bratwurst. But   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: Marionberry Whiskey (Eastside Distilling)

We eyed the bottle with distrust: marionberry whiskey. Obviously a gimmicky effort to out-local and out-quirk the next distillery on the row. And poorly directed—I generally prefer whiskey no    More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Sweet As Pacific Ale (GoodLife)

I wish this weekend’s Oregon Brewers Festival were in late September. While sunshine is all but guaranteed in late July, the heat tends to push crowds to lawn-mower beers, which is why so many b   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Portland Sangria (Enso Urban Winery)

I had big plans for Portland Sangria, the new bagged wine from Enso Urban Winery. I was hoping, I suppose, for an alcoholic warm-weather counterpart to Oregon Chai. I imagined it as a delicious, light   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Zombie Underground

For tiki geeks, karaoke at Alibi might as well be at Applebee’s.

The Polynesian invasion begins July 12, as Portland hosts the 11th annual Tiki Kon, a “weekend of exotica, surf and lounge music.” Enthusiasts from all over the world will descend on our city    More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Habanero Cider (Finnriver Farm & Cidery)

Finnriver’s Habanero Cider is more like pepper spray than hot sauce. That is to say, the danger of pain comes from inhaling, not drinking. Finnriver Cidery, which sits on Washington’s Olympic    More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
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