Our sorta-weekly recap of gossip via OLCC liquor license applications:
Looks like Portland will be making its own brand of tequila’s country cousin, mezcal. Sofia Acosta Rascon, no apparent relation to the young Mexican-Californian racquetball star of the same name, has applied for a license to begin distilling the Oaxacan-style maguey (blue agave) spirit under the name Meteca—Spanish for "foreigner.” Or, if you prefer, it's Brazilian slang for a narc. Rascon recently hosted an artisanal mezcal tasting at Southeast eatery Xico.In other news on the local hooch front, Hopworks Urban Brewery applied for a winery license at its location on 2944 SE Powell Blvd. According to Bruce Kehe, marketing director at Hopworks, the brewery needs the winery license in the immediate case so it can make fruit beers that are more than 50% fruit juice. “It gives us a bit more flexibility,” says Kehe, “and it also leaves us open to make ciders in the future.... But we're not going to make wine. You won't see us saying, 'This is our new Cabernet.'"