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Pickin’ Apples

A massive blind taste test of Portland-area apple ciders.


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Like the national census or U2’s popularity, a cider boom recurs about once a decade. We’re nearing the crest of a wave right now, according to Wandering Aengus co-owner James Kohn. “The n   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Drank: El Cuatro (The Ale Apothecary)


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The Ale Apothecary’s Paul Arney revels in making concoctions that are tough to wrap your head around. The former Deschutes brewer, who now works alone in a small barn outside Bend, outdid hims   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Espelette (Agrarian Ales)


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Chili peppers—25 varieties of them—were once the top crop at the Tilley family’s 25-acre farm in Eugene. Hops now get more attention from Ben and Nate Tilley, but they haven’t plowed the peppe   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Hop Project (10 Barrel Brewing)


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Is IPA the new Amber? Though still the top-selling style of craft beer in Oregon, lately it’s seemed as though brewers have exhausted every possible permutation of suitable hops and malts. For   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Beard Beer (Rogue Ales)


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Rogue Ales has been mashing the vino-centric concept of terroir into beer more aggressively than anyone else in Oregon. Some of the Newport-based brewery’s initiatives have been mostly about m   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Peters’ Family Gin (Cannon Beach Distillery)


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The nearest stretch of the Oregon coast does not yet have the amenities Portlanders have come to expect. The scenery is great, of course, but high-quality food, drink and entertainment are in sh   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Little Saison (Pfriem Family Brewers)


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Pfriem Family Brewers, which opened in Hood River last year, has a lofty goal: capture sunlight in a bottle. Pfriem’s Little Saison, light but not little, almost gets there. Saisons began as t   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Worts and All

Portland’s most-hated beer blogger switched to wine.


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Dr. Wort is a gadfly in the Socratic sense: an anonymous blogger who bites the lumbering steed that is Portland’s brewing scene, whipping local beer geeks into a fury with what he says is in the   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Dry Stout (Breakside Brewery)


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Breakside’s Dry Irish Stout is shockingly simple next to the brewery’s more exotic dark beers, which include Coconut Pumpkin Sweet Stout and a porter made with caraway, dill and fennel polle   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Leafer Madness (Beer Valley Brewing)


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Beer Valley Brewing’s pot pun isn’t so ridiculous. The hop flowers used to embitter beer are cousins to cannabis, and the two Cannabaceae have plenty in common when they’re fresh and sticky. T   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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