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Drank: Night Court Barleywine (McMenamins Edgefield)


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McMenamins has been barrel-aging its beer for a while, which makes sense given the company makes some of the state’s better spirits at its two distilleries, and has freshly emptied whiskey and   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Downward Spiral (Widmer Brothers)


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There’s tension at the heart of an oaked India pale lager. The hops that make an India-anything work are better when fresh, which is why the labels of top-notch IPAs like Russian River’s Pli   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: The Greatest Pumpkin

A blind taste-off of 23 pumpkin beers and ciders.


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When it comes to pumpkiny booze, no one touches New York. That’s what nine Willamette Week tasters found from a blind taste-off of pumpkin beer and cider. The Oregon debut of Pumking, the vaunte   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bittersweet Vermouth (Imbue)


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Oregon makes great gin. You could cheerfully surrender all 10 of your drink tokens at this weekend’s Great American Distillers Festival at the Tiffany Center for nothing but sips of Aria, Aviati   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Mmmhops (Mustang Brewing and Hanson)


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Everyone who’s commented on Mmmhops, the beer from the brotherly band Hanson, has feigned surprise that those sweet little boys with little-girl haircuts now sell beer. Let’s be serious: The y   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Fresh Prince of Ales (Gilgamesh Brewing)


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Now this is a story all about how my tongue got flipped—turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute to explain some fails, and tell you why not to buy a beer called the Fresh Prince of   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Mulligan Imperial IPA (De Garde Brewing)


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It’s dangerous to mix your vices: drinking and gambling, drinking and sex, drinking and bungee jumping…drinking and anything, really. So I approached Mulligan, from Tillamook’s new De Gard   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Black Sheep Bourbon-Aged CDA (Lucky Labrador)


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Cascadian Dark Ales are a benchmark of local brewing technique, featuring the bright hops of West Coast IPAs with the darkness our regional skies cry for. The Lucky Lab, despite its black Labrad   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Estate Winesap (Blue Mountain)


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Blue Mountain’s Estate Winesap is a rarity among its contemporaries: an apple cider made by apple farmers. While most cideries buy their fruit from other sources, this bright, dry Champagne-co   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Swill Vs. 3-Way IPA (10 Barrel Brewing Vs. Fort George, Lompoc and Gigantic)


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Just as the summer of 2013 had dueling radio hits (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”), in Portland it had dueling seasonal brews. Like a great pop song, they��   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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