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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

Drank: Straight Rye Whiskey (Stein)

Stein Distillery makes straight rye the cowboy way, with rye grown in their own fields near Joseph, Ore., plus 25 percent corn they buy from farmers 150 miles west in Hermiston. It’s aged ju   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Chocolate Cinnamon Stout (Terminal Gravity)

There was a time when Terminal Gravity Brewing made Portland’s go-to IPA. Or so they tell me—that was long before my time, and I’ve only ever had the stuff in dingy corner sports bars, t   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Belgian-Style Dark Ale (Pfriem Family Brewers)

It took a year longer than expected, but Pfriem’s bottles are pfinally here. The Hood River brewery, whose Belgian Strong Dark became our 2014 Beer of the Year, has been draft-only since ope   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Live Through This

What you need to survive CBC.

Walking shoes Thanks to City Hall and Portland’s powerful taxi lobby, Uber is not operating here yet. Luckily, from the Oregon Convention Center you can walk to a bunch of breweries in 20 m   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 EZRA JOHNSON-GREENOUGH

Beer Without Badges: Eleven CBC Side Events for Regular Joes

Rare brews for everyone.

So your buddy who cleans kegs at Laurelwood didn’t come through with that badge for the Craft Brewers Conference? Damn, didn’t see that coming. Well, it’s OK because not everyone   More
Friday, April 10, 2015 EZRA JOHNSON-GREENOUGH

A Tour of Salem's Five Breweries

Drinking all 54 original beers made in Oregon’s capital city.

Salem, Ore., is known by many names: the Cherry City, Exits 260A and B, the Beaverton of the Mid-Valley. It’s often forgotten that this patch of flat, grassy land along Mill Creek, originally    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Keeper of the Old Vines

Higgins wine steward Andy Zalman watched an industry grow up around him.

Every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, Andy Zalman sits at table 49 at Higgins restaurant. One wine rep after another pitches him their latest cellar stock, in hopes he’ll order a case or   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 PARKER HALL

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