The Big Apple

Why local artisan cidermakers are at the core of a national boom.

Cover Story The tree wasn’t all that special. It was just too damn big. Back in 2004, Nat West’s... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Beer Guide 2015

The Legend of Beervana

Beer Guide Round and round they go, up one row and down the next. They look like kids waiting... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

News Stories Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

Politics A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Drank: 25 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The ultimate vertical tasting of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve.

Drank Today’s Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve is not craft beer.... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, PARKER HALL

Fill ’Er Up

A survey of Portland’s gas-station food spots.

Food Reviews & Stories In the heartland, where the towns that survive are built... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 
 

Ghost Tracks

Portland's hidden streetcar lines are resurfacing.

Features Ever drive past a set of rusty old train tracks on a Portland street where no trains go?Portland once had a vast inner-city trolley system similar to San Francisco's that went all the way up to St. Johns and Vancouver and as as far south as Oregon City. Each line was run by different private companies so many tracks ran parallel and were eventually abandoned. As cars became more and more prominent, the tracks were paved over and the streetcar became obsolete.Today the lines are cracking ... More

Feb 27, 2015 07:00 pm by Lucas Chemotti
 

A Look Inside Upright Brewing, The Producer of Our 'Beer of the Year' (Video)

Food & Drink Upright's Engelberg Pilsner won 2015's Beer of the Year.The owner and Brewmaster Alex Ganum opened his brewery in the basement of the Leftbank bu... More

Feb 27, 2015 06:32 pm by Lucas Chemotti
 

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland, Feb. 27-Mar. 1

Features Friday, Feb. 27 Mark Fell [house] Fell is a dance-music iconoclast who’s been spinning high-brow house since long before “EDM” mean... More

Feb 27, 2015 04:24 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 8: Really Real

Movies & Television The Peeves: real estate, micro-homes, landlords, home renovation, financial ignorance, S&MPut a Cap on It: Enough artifice—the twee shops, ... More

Feb 27, 2015 02:54 pm by JAMES HELMSWORTH
 

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Defers Kitzhaber Investigation to Feds

News Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced this afternoon that she will "temporarily defer the Oregon Department of Justice’s investigat... More

Feb 27, 2015 01:07 pm by Beth Slovic
 
 

The Big Apple

Why local artisan cidermakers are at the core of a national boom.

Cover Story The tree wasn’t all that special. It was just too damn big. Back in 2004, Nat West’s friend and neighbor in North Portland, Norris Thomlinson, had a large and craggy tree in his backyard t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Beer Guide 2015

The Legend of Beervana

Beer Guide Round and round they go, up one row and down the next. They look like kids waiting to ride Space Mountain, except they’re here for beer. It’s a Saturday night in San Francisco, and a bri ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

News Stories Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s right for them.  Some trust the budtenders at the medical marijuana dispensary on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

Politics A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fill ’Er Up

A survey of Portland’s gas-station food spots.

Food Reviews & Stories In the heartland, where the towns that survive are built along the great and open freeway, no gas station is just a gas station. It’s the town square, the place everybody goes, home to fresh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: 25 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The ultimate vertical tasting of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve.

Drank Today’s Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve is not craft beer. Made by MillerCoors at an undisclosed location, the bottles of “Northwest-style lager” now shipped across the country aren’t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, PARKER HALL

Top 5 New Oregon Ciders

Drank Cider of the Year 7 Deadly Sins: Envy Reverend Nat’s/Barley Brown’s Unlike some cider makers, Nat West loves beer. Really loves beer. When he’s not downing ales after a cider festival—a ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cider, Cidre, Sidra

A primer on the cider styles of the Old World.

Drank While America’s founding fathers drank the stuff for breakfast, American cider lags far behind the Europeans thanks to Prohibition. Originally used to create ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Tyler Hurst

Pickin’ Pubs

Where to go for draft and bottled ciders.

Drank Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider 1813 NE 2nd Ave., 567-2221, reverendnatshardcider.com. The hardwooded taproom at Nat’s runs eight taps with only his own product, which is wide-ranging enough you�� ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

New World Ciders That Drink Like Old World Ciders

Drank Virtue Sidra de Nava When he sold Goose Island brewing to Anheuser-Busch, Greg Hall knew he’d have to stay out of beer for a while. He had a great fallback: traditional Old World ciders made ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Upcoming Portland Cider Events

Drank Thursday, Feb. 26 Cider Riot Tap Takeover Civic Taproom, 621 SW 19th Ave., thecivictaproom.com. Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s garage cidery will take over a bar larger than his cidery. Expect the ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

2015 Beer of the Year: Engelberg Pilsner (Upright Brewing)

Craft lagers have exploded in popularity. None betters this basement brew.

Beer Guide Craft lager had a long, slow fermentation in Oregon. ENGELBERG PILSNERIMAGE: Matt WongJust a few years ago, it was rare to see a small-batch local beer descended from crisp Bohemians in the se ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Guide 2015: Nine of Our Favorite Ten Beers of 2015

Beer Guide 2. Peach Slap (Batch No. 1) Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House Some great beers are meticulously planned, and others are happy discoveries. Some are flat-out unicorns, creatures that appe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Portland-Area Breweries From A to Z

Beer Guide 10 Barrel 13 VirtuesA Alameda Brewing Ambacht Amnesia Ashtown Awesome AlesB Backwoods Brewing Baerlic Brewing Base Camp BJ’s Boring Brewing Co. Brannon’s Breakside Milwaukie Bridge ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

2015 Oregon Beer Awards

Beer Guide In a state with such a vital craft beer culture, Willamette Week found it strange that there was no award ceremony to celebrate the best of the industry. So, this year, with the help of Ben Edmu ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Beer Bars & Shops

Beer Guide Westside Beer Bars The Abbey Bar 716 NW 21st Ave., 222-1593, theabbeybar.com. This loyally Belgian beer bar has a wonderful little sidewalk patio, three refrigerated cases storing hundreds of ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Best Kid-Friendly Portland Brewpubs

The more kids you have, the more you need a beer.

Beer Guide Hopworks Urban Brewery and Bike Bar 2944 SE Powell Blvd., 232-4677; 3947 N Williams Ave., 287-6258. HUB’s bright, contrasting color scheme might have been designed with kids in mind. Not only ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Portland Beer Guide 2015: An Oral History of Cascade Kriek

Cascade’s legendary barrel-aged cherry beer has roots in a failed IPA.

Beer Guide In Portland, it all comes back to IPA. Even when you’re looking at the furthest thing from it. Say, a beer like Cascade’s Kriek, a robust but nuanced barrel-aged sour cherry beer, which be ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Guide 2015: Homebrew Shops in Portland and Beyond.

Beer Guide F.H. Steinbart 234 SE 12th Ave., 232-8793, fhsteinbart.com. 8:30 am-6 pm Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 am-7 pm Thursday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday. F.H. Steinbart is as much a hist ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

2015 Portland Beer Events and Festivals

Beer Guide Feb. 25-March 2 Tart Fruit Fest Cascade Brewing’s limited releases poured at the barrelhouse. cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com. Feb. 28 Malt Ball Bands and brews. themaltball.com. March 6-7 ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Portland Bodega Beer Spots.

Cigarettes and Alcohol

Beer Guide Clinton Street Market 3400 SE Clinton St., 234-0372. The well-stocked cooler includes semi-rare imports like Brasserie d’Achouffe and Pinkus, along with Camo Black Extra malt liquor. Five taps ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Best Growler Spots in Portland

The very best places to get a jug to go.

Beer Guide The Big Legrowlski 812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com. Way out in the Pearl there was this minimalist 15-tap bar…bar I wanna tell ya about, bar by the name of Legrowlski. That’s ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Bend Beer Escape

Beer Guide Deschutes 901 SW Simpson Ave., Bend, 541-385-8606, deschutesbrewery.com As in life, so in Bend, the best things are free. Any day of the week, you can show up at Deschutes’s sprawling factor ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Hood River Beer Escape

Beer Guide Pfriem 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, 541-321-0490, pfriembeer.com. Pfriem’s industrial-chic pub seems to be in a continuous state of expansion, and it isn’t hard to see why. Wat ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Astoria Beer Escape

Beer Guide Buoy 1 8th St., Astoria, 325-4540, buoybeer.com. Situated on the planks of the Riverwalk overhanging the Columbia, year-old Buoy has already established itself as a treasure of the Oregon Coas ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Saisons Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide The Commons Urban Farmhouse (pictured above) Logsdon Seizoen Bretta Boulevard Tank 7 Saison Dupont Ommegang Hennepin ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Imported IPAs Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide Ballast Point Sculpin (pictured above)Bear Republic Racer 5Sierra Nevada TorpedoAnchor Liberty AleRussian River Blind Pig ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Imperial Stouts Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide North Coast Old Rasputin (pictured above) Sierra Nevada Narwhal Stone Imperial Russian Stout Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Great Divide Yeti ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Barleywines Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide 21st Amendment Lower de Boom Barleywine (pictured above)Alaskan Barley WineDeschutes Mirror MirrorSierra Nevada BigfootWidmer Old Embalmer ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Wheat Beers Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen (pictured above)Schneider WeisseOccidental HefeweizenSt. Bernardus WitbierAyinger Ur-Weisse ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

What the Famous People Drink

Beer Guide Wil Wheaton “I absolutely love just about everything that Deschutes puts out. I’m a huge, huge fan of Obsidian when it’s on nitro. I love going to the Rogue taphouse and getting a mix of ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Murmurs: Portland’s Policing Of Airbnb? Into Thin Air.

Murmurs An independent analysis of Airbnb’s Portland hosts reveals only 93 of 2,006 online rentals in the city show they have a city permit to operate legally. That’s just 4.6 percent. The city of Por ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Big Shot Ben

Meet Oregon’s biggest Spurs fan.

Headout Until the 2013 NBA Finals, I’d never seen anyone I know cry over sports. And then came Game 7 of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. After Tim Duncan uncharacteristi ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Portland Event Picks, February 25 - March 3

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY FEB. 25 MILK MUSIC [HEAVY VIBES] Milk Music’s grungy rock is mired in murk, owing to the fact that each release so far has been recorded straight to tape. But within the mud, among ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Untapped and Tap That: Tap Takeover

Bar Reviews In 2013, when WW published its first Beer Guide, it was pretty easy to list the city’s serious beer bars. Even here in Beervana, each quadrant had only a few destinations with an ever-changi ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.

Music Stories When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t without controversy. Led by brothers Matt and Patrick Flegel, the band had carved out a niche as one of the most innovative ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)

Album Reviews [EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Introducing: Ultra Van Krome

Music Stories Who: Stevie Ray Mays (bass, guitar, vocals), Ramsey Embick (keyboards), Brian Harrison (guitar), Johnny Linn Russell (drums). Sounds like: Morris Day and the Time, having tired of battling Prince ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Show Preview: Caribou, Koreless

Music Stories [ELECTRONIC SOUL] Much has been made about Dan Snaith’s inability to stay still. The Canadian musician, who records under the name Caribou, has never made the same record twice, constantly e ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

AP Film Studies: Taylor-Made

Liz Taylor’s Portland granddaughter keeps her legacy alive.

Movie Reviews & Stories Elizabeth Taylor was many things during her life, which was spent mostly under the spotlight and in the public eye. She was perhaps the most famous star of Hollywood’s golden age, netting two ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

1971: Movie Review

Investigating the FBI.

Movie Reviews & Stories On March 8, 1971, the night that Joe Frazier fought Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, a group of activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pa. They found documents proving the FBI a ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Scoop: I Like You, But You’re Crazy.

Scoop NOTHING UNDER THE KILT: Sherwood’s Two Kilts Brewing Company caused a stir earlier this month when it decided against expanding into a 11,000-square-foot facility in Hillsboro. Signs on the do ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Almost Infamous

Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band.

Music Stories Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial? Not singer-guitarist Dustin Hill, apparently. When he bestowed the Google-unfriendly name on his stoner-rock project t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Salad Days

A nostalgia trip through D.C. punk.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Washington, D.C., punk scene documented in Scott Crawford’s Salad Days was a hydra of privileged brattiness, tough-guy posturing, earnest disaffection and lofty purpose. It was, as youth m ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Mr. Cronenberg Goes to Hollywood

The Videodrome director turns his eye to toxic celebrity culture in Maps to the Stars.

Movie Reviews & Stories David Cronenberg has always been fixated on bodies. He fused them to television screens in Videodrome, crafted the finest head-explosion scenes of all time in Scanners, and charted every gruesome st ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Scott Timberg, Culture Crash

You’re Kanye or you’re no one.

Books Last November, Jack Conte of the California indie-pop duo Pomplamoose penned a blog post on the plight of the modern indie-rock band. “Being in an indie band,” Conte wrote, “is running a n ... More

Feb 25, 2015 07:20 pm by PETE COTTELL

Ruthless! The Musical

Theater A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?

Dr. Know Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking us to conserve water? Would it not be wise to start conserving now, instead of waiting for a crisis? —Better Safe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Looks We Like

Street Snapshots from the week. Photos by Katie Dennis. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by KATIE DENNIS

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

Theater “Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Strain Review: Wake And Bake (Green Chiefs)

Willie Weed Sunday brunch with endless mimosas and from-the-can hollandaise is basic. Local coffee laced with locally grown, trimmed and prepared weed is not. Caffeine and THC are a wonderful pair. But ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Tyler Hurst

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 17

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings The Bull Run Reservoir is not filled by melting glaciers, but by springs and falling rain. Mt. Hood Community College’s board could take a hard right thanks to a fringe Republican candidate who ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

Food Reviews & Stories A list of the five spots we're excited about right now—maybe taquerias we've loved forever, maybe seafood spots with special menus this week. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?
... More

Feb 17, 2015 04:29 pm by WW Culture Staff

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

Food Reviews & Stories Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. ... More

Feb 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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