TIPPLE THREAT: A wildly ambitious new alcohol project is in the works in the already-boozy Woodlawn neighborhood. Distiller (and UC Davis viticulture grad) Nathan Mattis and business partner Maximillian Hanley will be starting Still Life Spirits at 6719 NE 18th Ave. They plan to produce all-local, all-organic, dye-free vodka, gin, whiskey, mead, beer and beer-based spirits distilled from the brew they serve, so a drinker could have a shot made from the beer itâs served with. The first step will be a vodka named Foundry, finished with Oregon rainwater (which is, literally, Oregon rainwater.) A bar and restaurant are planned in the same building, which will serve Still Lifeâs beer, spirits and mead.
FAT CHANCE: Because Portland desperately needs another middling IPA, Ohioâs Fat Headâs Brewing is planning to colonize Portland. The Cleveland-based brewpub signed a lease on a 13,000-square-foot Pearl District space near other out-of-towners Rogue and Deschutes. The first signs the project may be misguided? The fact that brewer-owner Matt Cole told the Akron Beacon Journal heâs moving into âa pretty hip area right in downtown Portland.â The same paper noted that âdespite being open since only 2009, Fat Headâs has won five medals at the Great American Beer Festival.â For some perspective, Oregonâs Barley Brownâs won four medals at the GABF last year alone. The brewpub will open to serve its signature Head Hunter IPA sometime next spring.
B-ROLLING: Fresh off serving as the muse for 10 minutes of a new work by scandal-plagued monologuist Mike Daisey, WW Stage & Screen Editor Rebecca Jacobson has again received major media attention. Yes, Jacobsonâs legs and bike figure prominently in a 1.5-second B-roll clip from episode 9 of The Real World: Portland. She was not getting low at Splash Bar, nor splashing in a Pearl District hot tub, but merely pedaling a bicycle through downtown as she does every day. To see for yourself, skip to 22:45 at MTV.com or check out Jay Hortonâs ongoing Real World coverage at wweek.com. >> Also at wweek.com, look for a Sasquatch wrap-up, a review of the new Jesse Eisenberg flick Now You See Me, an extended version of our interview with Blitzen Trapper and a slide show of K-pop craziness.
CORRECTION: In last weekâs Market Guide, we called Hong Phat Vietnamese market (9819 NE Prescott St.) the only grocery store in Maywood Park. It has a Maywood Park zip code, but because it is located on the north side of Prescott Street, the market is approximately 20 feet inside the adjacent Parkrose neighborhood of Portland. WW regrets the error.