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Drank: Holiday Spiced Liqueur (Deco Distilling)

Well, that about says it all, doesn’t it? This new release from Portland’s Deco Distilling is Christmas in a bottle: a very sweet, thick, rum-based liqueur with strong flavors of clove, cinnam   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Drank: Cavatica Stout (Fort George Brewery)

You’ve probably had a stout very much like Fort George’s Cavatica. The Astoria brewer’s dark, glowing bauble of a beer, which debuted in cans last month, is “made in the tradition” of Mc   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Don the Younger (Russian River Brewing Brewing Co.)

Horse Brass proprietor Don Younger was an icon and instigator, deserving much credit for putting Portland toward the top of the American beer scene. Younger passed away in January, just missing    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Hopportunity Knocks (Caldera)

Ashland’s Caldera Brewing Company has been producing beer since 1997, but it’s only recently ramped up distribution with plans to open a giant new brewhouse this spring. As the first Oregon    More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Adam From the Wood (Hair of the Dog Brewery)

Cracking open Hair of the Dog’s Adam From the Wood two days after buying it is a cheerless task. This bottle-conditioned ale, produced in small batches and aged in bourbon barrels, will grow far bet   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tsunami Stout (Pelican Pub & Brewery)

As winter clamps its toothy maw, brewers begin trucking out their big, goonish stouts. Some of these seasonals are worth the fuss and price (Deschutes’ The Abyss, for example) while many others    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Dunkelweizen (Occidental Brewing Co.)

Traditional Germanic brews are often ignored by American craftsmen who might rightfully resent the fact that “beer” is synonymous with Bohemian pilsners in red states. By making only German sty   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Abominable Winter Ale (Hopworks Urban Brewery)

Hopworks Urban Brewery advertises its Abominable Winter Ale as a “Fall Seasonal.” That’s the first sign something’s awry. Though winter ale and Christmas ale are fuzzily defined styles, this   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Fresh Hop Seizoen (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales)

Despite the hoity name, saisons are workin’ man’s beer, originally intended as crisp, low-gravity refreshment for the pitchfork-wielding farmhands moving Monet’s haystacks around. The late Br   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

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