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Drank: Sweet Tea Liqueur (Townshend’s)

Why bother mixing tea with liquor like some Southern plantationer, when you can just make liquor directly from tea? Townshend’s has been kicking out a fast-expanding array of local liquors distilled   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Laurelweizen (Laurelwood Brewing)

Call it blasphemy, but I’m not a big fan of “American hefeweizen.” To me, the best part of a traditional German hefe is the interplay of esters like isoamyl acetate and the protein-dense, sweet    More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Revelation Mountain Rose (Reverend Nat’s)

Reverend Nat’s Revelation series is to cider what single malts are to whiskey. Every year, Nat’s ferments the juice of particular apples to make a set of single-varietal ciders, whether Siberian c   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Apple and Cinnamon Vodka (Wild Roots)

The world of “infused” vodkas is an awful place—a wasteland of rocket-fuel liquors spruced with car-freshener aromas. But Portland’s Wild Roots is one of the few liquor makers to use real frui   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Absinthe Minded Stout Gruit Ale (Fire Cirkl)

After a few summer beer festivals, you start to think you’ve seen it all. How many blackberry sours are gonna come out this year, anyway? So it’s exciting to spot something as crazy as this absint   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

How To Pwn PDX Beer Week

PDX Beer Week is not actually a week. It takes 11 days (June 11-21, pdxbeerweek.com) to cram in all three festivals, plus tap takeovers and pairings dinners. Here’s your guide. Get the offic   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Dog Day IPA (Hondo’s)

Hondo’s Brew and Cork is an odd institution in Astoria, a delightfully cranky little bottle shop, homebrew supply shop and nanobrewery, with beers that can be as up and down as a ride at Six   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Wine Review: Underwood Rosé (Union Wine Co.)

Oregon pinot noir in a can? Eh. The first aluminum-sided label I tried from Portland’s Union Wine Co. didn’t do anything for me—something feels wrong about drinking dry red wine out of a   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Snakebite (Gigantic/Cider Riot)

Mixing cider and beer makes you crazy, the legend goes. Maybe this came from London goths downing blood-red cider-beer drinks mixed with blackcurrant, maybe from working stiffs tempering the b   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: 2014 Whité (Jackalope Wine Cellars)

Cabernet franc is a workhorse of a grape. The gnarly-branched red fruit flourishes in cold, gravelly soil and is mostly used to give heft to red blends. But Jackalope Wine Cellars’ new wine    More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 ENID SPITZ

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