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Drank: Death Wish Bunny (Hi-Wheel)

It is not wine. It is not mead. It is not cider. Until its mead program gets off the ground in six months, Portland’s Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Co. mostly makes “fizzy wines”—fermented,   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Bourbon St. Chocolate (BuzzBar)

Alcohol-infused ice cream bars from a bodega? Yeah, get this novelty while you can. Somewhere, someone’s mom is about to start lobbying for a ban on BuzzBars. That’ll be especially stupid gi   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Hawthorne’s Best Bitter (Lucky Labrador)

As one of the original six recipes at Lucky Lab, Hawthorne’s Best Bitter has been around for a generation. Come this October, the beer would be 21, old enough to drink itself, if beers could   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drink Review: Sizzurp (Codeine and Crater Lake Soda)

For a certain sect of Southern rappers, cough syrup is a recreational pastime on par with mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby or Busch Light at the Indy 500. In Portland, it’s a medical necess   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Drank: Hop-a-Wheelie (Boneyard)

We’re witnessing the extinction of the Oregon pine. Not long ago, Northwestern IPAs were just as likely to have green, resiny flavors as citrusy bite. In the last year, the most talked-about n   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Vantucky Pale Ale (Heathen)

Beers are like baby names. The trends start with the urban elite, but it’s not long before a bunch of little Calebs land in the same small-town kindergarten class. These days, little McKenzi   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Wine Review: Crémant De Portland Brut Urbanique (Division)

For such an approachable sparkling wine, Division Winemaking’s newly released 2013 Crémant de Portland Brut Urbanique has quite the name. Crémant is made outside of Champagne but using the French    More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Pamplemousse Citrus IPA (Lompoc)

Lompoc Brewing is responsible for my favorite new Portland IPA of the year, a quickly disappeared one-off called White Album. That beer was a collaboration with Portland Brewing co-founder Fred    More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Arctos (Baerlic Brewing)

What makes winter ale wintery? That’s a matter of intense debate, especially in Portland, where spiced Christmas ales were long rejected as insufficiently beery beers. Personally, I tend to fa   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Homemade Hooch

The hills of Portland are crawling with moonshiners.

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

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