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Homemade Hooch

The hills of Portland are crawling with moonshiners.


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If there’s any such thing as a commercial version of pawpaw brandy, neither I nor my buddies in Mountain View have ever heard of it. You can’t buy commercial pawpaw wine, let alone pawpaw    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Organic Fuggle IPX (Hopworks Urban Brewery)


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Fuggles aren’t especially sexy hops. The British-bred variety offers a reliable yield and is closely related to the Willamette hop, having a similarly mild, earthy nose and sometimes veering i   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec (Breakside)


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If you’re going to do a bourbon barrel-aged beer, you’re going to want fresh barrels. That’s hard given that most bourbon is made three time zones away, but the difference is huge—a swee   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: The Conversion (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales)


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Dave Logsdon has forgotten more about yeast than most brewers will ever know. Dubbed “the most important figure in Oregon beer that you’ve never heard of” by Beervana blogger Jeff Alworth,   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Eternal Oktober

Our blind taste test of 29 lagers from across Oregon.


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For a kind of beer that’s best fresh, the world’s top lagers are very old. Germany’s best—think Augustiner, Tannenzäpfle and Neumarkter—have been at it for a couple hundred years. M   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Drank: Big Ol’ Pumpkin (10 Barrel)


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There’s no pumpkin in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Obvious, right? Well, there’s often no pumpkin in pumpkin beers. The flavors you associate with round, orange squash come mostly from the spices co   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)


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Hops get all the credit, but yeast does a bunch of the work. Even those big, juicy fruit flavors you like in an IPA are often due as much to the yeast strain as Citra or Simcoe. Tropical Thunder,    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Keep Arequipa Beered

A West Linn native brings Portland beer to a charming Peruvian city.


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Arequipa, Peru’s second most populous city, sits in the high desert of the Andes. Other than the 500-year-old Baroque cathedrals, it’s a lot like Bend, says Casey Workman. “We were in Are   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Drank: Billy Whiskey (McMenamins)


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It takes a long time to make good whiskey. At minimum, two years in the barrel, though your favorite midshelf bourbon spent seven or more. Oregon’s fledgling distilling industry thus has a few   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Padre Nat’s Tepache (Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider)


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The label on a bottle of Reverend Nat’s tepache reads like something out of the J. Peterman catalog: “During a holiday in Veracruz I had a chance meeting with a peddler hawking traditional t   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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