Updated December 25, 2012 Published December 25, 2012
The most successful local theater production of the year was Sweeney Todd, which sold 19,859 tickets at Portland Center Stage. Patton Oswalt was Helium Comedy Clubâs biggest draw, selling outall three of his shows in June, cracking up a total of 1,400 people.
About 5 million people visited the Multnomah County Library this year. The most checked-out book was Suzanne Collinsâ The Hunger Games (3,826 checkouts). The most popular DVD was The Descendants (2,182 checkouts).
Safety Not Guaranteed ran at Laurelhurst Theater for 15 weeks, selling about 10,000 tickets and becoming the theaterâs all-time highest-grossing film. The most rented DVD at Movie Madness was The Avengers (685 rentals).
Burgerville sold 1,140,575 individual Walla Walla onion rings and used 21,138 pounds of local pumpkins in milkshakes and smoothies.
Hot Cake House was open for 7,992 straight hours between the only days it closed, Christmas 2011 and Thanksgiving 2012.
There are now 463 wineries in Oregon. More than halfâ51 percentâof all Oregon wine sales are pinot noirs and another 23 percent are pinot gris. If youâre looking for a pairing, the most expensive cheese in town right now is Nealâs Yard Old Ford, a British raw goat cheese available for $49.90 a pound at Cheese Bar.
The most expensive liquor sold in Oregon this year were two bottles of Macallan in Lalique III, a 57-year-old Scotch priced at $15,268 per bottle.
The best-selling beer at Belmont Station was the India pale ale from new local brewer Giganticâthe shop has moved 96 cases since it became available in June. The second-best seller was from Harvester, a gluten-free brewery. Cascadeâs Bourbonic Plague is the strongest beer currently made in Portland, at 12.67 percent alcohol by volume.
Music Millenniumâs top-selling album of the year is...too close to call. At press time, Alabama Shakesâ Boys & Girls has sold a total of 470 copies on both CD and vinyl since its release in April. Mumford and Sonsâ Babel, which came out in September, has sold 355 copies between its standard and deluxe versions, and is continuing to top the storeâs weekly sales chart. Either way, both will be dwarfed by last yearâs top seller, Adeleâs 21, which moved 966 total units. That sounds impressive until you realize that, 15 years ago, Music Millennium sold 5,000 copies of Pink Martiniâs first albumâin six weeks.