MARTIN CIZMAR would like to correct last weekâs Scoop, which said Cascade Brewing Barrel Houseâs 12.66 percent alcohol Bourbonic Plague is the strongest beer brewed in Portland. Turns out, Tugboat Brewing Chernobyl Stout is 13.5 percent ABV. He discovered this on his own and felt terrible as he sipped a half-pint of it. He also thinks The Wurst might be a doubly ironic hipster bar disguised so perfectly as a dive that even he was fooled. He is still occasionally awakened by a nightmare in which he repeats his mistaken claim that Lardo uses duck fat, instead of high-grade pork fat, to cook its fries. Also, he would like to apologize for any confusion caused by a joke about Cascade Station (better known as âthe stores by IKEAâ) replacing Division Street as the cityâs culinary promised land.
MATTHEW KORFHAGE would like to place egg on his own face for incorrectly attributing Stone Barn Brandyworksâ Golden Quince Liqueur to its rival from across the river. Clear Creek Distillery makes no quince-related items. This mistake was especially regrettable because the Golden Quince was the best local liquor he tried this year. (He also regrets that someone stole the bottle from the WW office, in apparent agreement.) Additionally, he offers sincerest apologies to Casa de Tamalesâour winner in a recent tamale taste-offâfor not (yet!) returning a steamer pot heâd borrowed from the Milwaukie shop. He also still has a sex-toy box that doesnât belong to him, and a whistle made out of a bullet.
REBECCA JACOBSON must confess that after Portland Center Stage stopped offering press tickets to the Portland Mercury, she may have subconsciously pulled a few punches with A Midsummer Nightâs Dream. It was respectable and occasionally luminous, but those incongruous costumes? Those daffy sound effects? That hamming up of Shakespeareâs language? Come on, audiences are smarter than that. But she also thinks It Ainât Nothinâ but the Blues might have deserved a more favorable assessment. It was a powerfully performed jaunt through musical history and closed the PCS season on a high note.