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The Big Apple

Why local artisan cidermakers are at the core of a national boom.

Cover Story The tree wasn’t all that special. It was just too damn big. Back in 2004, Nat West’s friend and neighbor in North Portland, Norris Thomlinson, had a large and craggy tree in his backyard t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Beer Guide 2015

The Legend of Beervana

Beer Guide Round and round they go, up one row and down the next. They look like kids waiting to ride Space Mountain, except they’re here for beer. It’s a Saturday night in San Francisco, and a bri ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: 25 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The ultimate vertical tasting of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve.

Drank Today’s Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve is not craft beer. Made by MillerCoors at an undisclosed location, the bottles of “Northwest-style lager” now shipped across the country aren’t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, PARKER HALL

Fill ’Er Up

A survey of Portland’s gas-station food spots.

Food Reviews & Stories In the heartland, where the towns that survive are built along the great and open freeway, no gas station is just a gas station. It’s the town square, the place everybody goes, home to fresh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Untapped and Tap That: Tap Takeover

Bar Reviews In 2013, when WW published its first Beer Guide, it was pretty easy to list the city’s serious beer bars. Even here in Beervana, each quadrant had only a few destinations with an ever-changi ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top 5 New Oregon Ciders

Drank Cider of the Year 7 Deadly Sins: Envy Reverend Nat’s/Barley Brown’s Unlike some cider makers, Nat West loves beer. Really loves beer. When he’s not downing ales after a cider festival—a ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cider, Cidre, Sidra

A primer on the cider styles of the Old World.

Drank While America’s founding fathers drank the stuff for breakfast, American cider lags far behind the Europeans thanks to Prohibition. Originally used to create ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Tyler Hurst

New World Ciders That Drink Like Old World Ciders

Drank Virtue Sidra de Nava When he sold Goose Island brewing to Anheuser-Busch, Greg Hall knew he’d have to stay out of beer for a while. He had a great fallback: traditional Old World ciders made ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Upcoming Portland Cider Events

Drank Thursday, Feb. 26 Cider Riot Tap Takeover Civic Taproom, 621 SW 19th Ave., thecivictaproom.com. Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s garage cidery will take over a bar larger than his cidery. Expect the ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pickin’ Pubs

Where to go for draft and bottled ciders.

Drank Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider 1813 NE 2nd Ave., 567-2221, reverendnatshardcider.com. The hardwooded taproom at Nat’s runs eight taps with only his own product, which is wide-ranging enough you�� ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

2015 Beer of the Year: Engelberg Pilsner (Upright Brewing)

Craft lagers have exploded in popularity. None betters this basement brew.

Beer Guide Craft lager had a long, slow fermentation in Oregon. ENGELBERG PILSNERIMAGE: Matt WongJust a few years ago, it was rare to see a small-batch local beer descended from crisp Bohemians in the se ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Guide 2015: Nine of Our Favorite Ten Beers of 2015

Beer Guide 2. Peach Slap (Batch No. 1) Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House Some great beers are meticulously planned, and others are happy discoveries. Some are flat-out unicorns, creatures that appe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

2015 Oregon Beer Awards

Beer Guide In a state with such a vital craft beer culture, Willamette Week found it strange that there was no award ceremony to celebrate the best of the industry. So, this year, with the help of Ben Edmu ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Portland-Area Breweries From A to Z

Beer Guide 10 Barrel 13 VirtuesA Alameda Brewing Ambacht Amnesia Ashtown Awesome AlesB Backwoods Brewing Baerlic Brewing Base Camp BJ’s Boring Brewing Co. Brannon’s Breakside Milwaukie Bridge ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Beer Bars & Shops

Beer Guide Westside Beer Bars The Abbey Bar 716 NW 21st Ave., 222-1593, theabbeybar.com. This loyally Belgian beer bar has a wonderful little sidewalk patio, three refrigerated cases storing hundreds of ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Portland Beer Guide 2015: An Oral History of Cascade Kriek

Cascade’s legendary barrel-aged cherry beer has roots in a failed IPA.

Beer Guide In Portland, it all comes back to IPA. Even when you’re looking at the furthest thing from it. Say, a beer like Cascade’s Kriek, a robust but nuanced barrel-aged sour cherry beer, which be ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

2015 Portland Beer Events and Festivals

Beer Guide Feb. 25-March 2 Tart Fruit Fest Cascade Brewing’s limited releases poured at the barrelhouse. cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com. Feb. 28 Malt Ball Bands and brews. themaltball.com. March 6-7 ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Portland Bodega Beer Spots.

Cigarettes and Alcohol

Beer Guide Clinton Street Market 3400 SE Clinton St., 234-0372. The well-stocked cooler includes semi-rare imports like Brasserie d’Achouffe and Pinkus, along with Camo Black Extra malt liquor. Five taps ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Homebrew Shops in Portland and Beyond.

Beer Guide F.H. Steinbart 234 SE 12th Ave., 232-8793, fhsteinbart.com. 8:30 am-6 pm Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 am-7 pm Thursday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday. F.H. Steinbart is as much a hist ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Beer Guide 2015: Best Kid-Friendly Portland Brewpubs

The more kids you have, the more you need a beer.

Beer Guide Hopworks Urban Brewery and Bike Bar 2944 SE Powell Blvd., 232-4677; 3947 N Williams Ave., 287-6258. HUB’s bright, contrasting color scheme might have been designed with kids in mind. Not only ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Beer Guide 2015: Best Growler Spots in Portland

The very best places to get a jug to go.

Beer Guide The Big Legrowlski 812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com. Way out in the Pearl there was this minimalist 15-tap bar…bar I wanna tell ya about, bar by the name of Legrowlski. That’s ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

What the Famous People Drink

Beer Guide Wil Wheaton “I absolutely love just about everything that Deschutes puts out. I’m a huge, huge fan of Obsidian when it’s on nitro. I love going to the Rogue taphouse and getting a mix of ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Imported IPAs Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide Ballast Point Sculpin (pictured above)Bear Republic Racer 5Sierra Nevada TorpedoAnchor Liberty AleRussian River Blind Pig ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Saisons Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide The Commons Urban Farmhouse (pictured above) Logsdon Seizoen Bretta Boulevard Tank 7 Saison Dupont Ommegang Hennepin ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Imperial Stouts Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide North Coast Old Rasputin (pictured above) Sierra Nevada Narwhal Stone Imperial Russian Stout Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Great Divide Yeti ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Barleywines Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide 21st Amendment Lower de Boom Barleywine (pictured above)Alaskan Barley WineDeschutes Mirror MirrorSierra Nevada BigfootWidmer Old Embalmer ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Top Wheat Beers Readily Available in Portland

Beer Guide Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen (pictured above)Schneider WeisseOccidental HefeweizenSt. Bernardus WitbierAyinger Ur-Weisse ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Astoria Beer Escape

Beer Guide Buoy 1 8th St., Astoria, 325-4540, buoybeer.com. Situated on the planks of the Riverwalk overhanging the Columbia, year-old Buoy has already established itself as a treasure of the Oregon Coas ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Hood River Beer Escape

Beer Guide Pfriem 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, 541-321-0490, pfriembeer.com. Pfriem’s industrial-chic pub seems to be in a continuous state of expansion, and it isn’t hard to see why. Wat ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Bend Beer Escape

Beer Guide Deschutes 901 SW Simpson Ave., Bend, 541-385-8606, deschutesbrewery.com As in life, so in Bend, the best things are free. Any day of the week, you can show up at Deschutes’s sprawling factor ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Sum Boke Brunch

Boke Bowl’s westside location enters the dim sum game.

Food Reviews & Stories No cuisine is pure and unadulterated. The walls historically separating one group’s food culture from another’s have always been porous, riven and worn by prevailing trade routes and battl ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Farina Bakery

Food Reviews & Stories The macaron is an unlikely feat of wizardry—tender and crisp in turns, a bright-hued confection every bit as stratified as Detroit economics. There is voodoo involved, folklore about whether ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Liquor Store: House of Blue

Bar Reviews There’s something bittersweet about a shiny new bar naming a drink after the previous occupant. In the case of the Blue Monk, doubly so. Formerly a jazz club, it ran into problems after hostin ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tropicalia (Breakside Brewery)

Drank A good chili beer is the ultimate rope-a-dope. You drink a little beer, and the spice hits. You get a little tingle and want to quash it with more cold beer, then more spice hits. When the lasti ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Verdigris: Restaurant Review

French-accented Verdigris serves some terrific brunch, but dinner is a work in progress.

Food Reviews & Stories When your mom asked to go to a “nice” restaurant back in the day, she maybe pictured something like Verdigris. Chef Johnny Nunn’s French-tinged spot opened very quietly in December on Nort ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Taste of Poland: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews If it’s been a while since you stopped in, you might be surprised to discover just how much Cartlandia has become a weird little world. While most Portland pods remain confined to ever-narrowi ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Death Wish Bunny (Hi-Wheel)

Drank 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

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Likewise: Not Really Like Anything

Bar Reviews Likewise (3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd., likewise.website) is part bar, part performance art—a callback to the money-free, improvised ’90s, when Miranda July was still making origami out of Port ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Tacos Chavez: Restaurant Review

Tacos Chavez brings Michoacán to Southeast Foster Road.

Food Reviews & Stories If you’re still clinging to the old truism about the best Mexican fare coming from places with bars on the windows and glossy billboard menus showing photos of enchiladas, it’s time to give ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bourbon St. Chocolate (BuzzBar)

Drank 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

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

NachoQuest

Don’t settle for subpar Super Bowl nachos.

Food Reviews & Stories There’s a lot that can go wrong with nachos. An unfavorable ratio of chips to toppings, congealed cheese sauce, globs of brown guacamole, tough chicken—any of these moving parts can break, ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Savoy Tavern: Bar Review

In, Out, In

Bar Reviews Things are changing fast at Savoy Tavern (2500 SE Clinton St., 808-9999, savoypdx.com). Broder proprietor Peter Bro’s “Midwestern-inspired American food” tavern on Clinton Corner was never ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Stoopid Burger: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Some of the best french fries in Portland are served crinkle-cut and salty in a crumpled paper bag, in a rain-slicked parking lot, by two guys who seem as if they’re having the time of their l ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Drank 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

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Muscadine: Down-Home Skillet

Muscadine brings the soulful, regional Southern fare.

Food Reviews & Stories Brunch and Southern fare are the twin towers of American comfort. Combine them, and you might as well be auditioning as somebody’s replacement mom. That womblike nexus of hospitality, famili ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Off the Waffle: Restaurant Review

Food Reviews & Stories A good corner has useful things. Not just pleasant things, such as a book-themed cafe with bad food and occasional poetry readings, or a twee Italian bistro with live acoustic-guitar music, bu ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drink Review: Sizzurp (Codeine and Crater Lake Soda)

Drank 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

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Habesha Lounge: Say Wat

Bar Reviews Habesha Lounge (801 NE Broadway, 284-4299) is either a party on top of an Ethiopian restaurant, or it’s a bar that stumbled into a patio party. Loosely open Tuesdays through Saturdays, it mo ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Reconquista

Pollo Norte and Stella Taco bring excellent regional Mexican.

Food Reviews & Stories I blame the Adams-Onís Treaty. In 1819, Ferdinand VII agreed to sever the Viceroyalty of New Spain at the 42nd parallel. Instead of the stock that settled Yerba Buena, Oregon got the Brits. And ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Monk’s Deli

Food Cart Reviews Nobody ever thinks of Delaware when they say “cheesesteak.” Forgive them—they don’t know nothing. The Mid-Atlantic’s best-loved sandwich travels downstream on the Pepsi-sugared waters ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Maven and FoPo Tavern: Bar Review

Bar Reviews Given most passersby are flying at 40 mph, it takes some time for a new bar to build a crowd in Foster-Powell. At least that’s the word at Bar Maven (6219 SE Foster Road, 384-2079, barmaven-pd ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Hop-a-Wheelie (Boneyard)

Drank 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

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Dimmer Switch

Bite-sized tips for dining at HK Cafe, Portland’s new favorite dim sum spot.

Food Reviews & Stories Don’t just randomly show up at HK Cafe. If you’re a regular at Wong’s King or Ocean City, you might be surprised to find this neon-lit dining hall in Eastport Plaza is now the busiest of all ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Ash Woodfired Pizza: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Ash is easy to like. The wood-fired sourdough pizzas in the little Sellwood cart are made with attention and forethought from luxe ingredients, brushed with garlic butter after they’re removed ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Beer Review: Vantucky Pale Ale (Heathen)

Drank 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

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Brannon’s: Beaver Bran

Beaver Bran

Bar Reviews Is it time to get my oil changed? This is all I can think about while sitting at Brannon’s (3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 567-8003, brannonsbrewery.com), Beaverton’s newest brewpub. The ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

Food Reviews & Stories A list of the five spots we're excited about right now—maybe taquerias we've loved forever, maybe seafood spots with special menus this week. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?
... More

Mar 3, 2015 04:29 pm by WW Culture Staff

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

Food Reviews & Stories Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. ... More

Mar 3, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Still Life: Distillery Guide

Oregon is in high spirits.

Distillery Guide Kentucky might be known for its whiskey, but it only has about 20 distilleries. Oregon’s got more than 50. And though Washington gets nationwide attention for its 87 craft-distillery licenses� ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Restaurant Guide 2014: Editor's Note

Restaurant Guide Editor's Note: Holding the LineThe hottest debate in Portland’s food scene is both trivial and dire: What should be done about those lines?  That queue in front of your favorite restaurant ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Coffee Issue 2014: Coffee Rules Everything Around Me

Our favorite new Portland cafes.

Coffee Guide FOURTH ESTATE COFFEEHOUSE 7373 N Burlington St., 384-2756, fourthestatecoffee.com. The new Fourth Estate Coffeehouse is almost as old school as the entire notion of the Fourth Estate. Carved int ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Market Guide 2014: Introduction

From the Editor

Market Guide Look, you gotta eat every day. We get this. And because the demands of your growling stomach are as incessant and irritating as A Prairie Home Companion on NPR weekends, it’s easy to fall into routi ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Guide 2014

Pickle chasers, drunken cornhole, wine pubs of the future and everything else you need to know about Portland bars this year.

Bar Guide Our livers hurt, but our hearts are full. To make this guide to Portland bars, we have traveled the wine lounges and beer pubs of Portland, the cocktail halls and juke joints and paint-thinner ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2014

Cheap Eats From the Editor Portland is a great place to be a cheapskate. Each year, we put out our Cheap Eats guide to the best restaurants in Portland with dinners under $15 and lunches under $10, and ea ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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