Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1370-1-.html Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 The President of Beers - We bootlegged beer from all 50 states for the ultimate American taste-off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19731-the_president_of_beers_we_bootlegged_beer_from_all_50_states_for_the_ultimate_american_taste_off.html

Beer is made from barley, hops, yeast and statute. We tend to forget, but the bearded men with sweaty brows who toil over copper...

Beer Guide 2013: An Oral History of the Widmer Hefeweizen - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20385-beer_guide_2013_an_oral_history_of_the_widmer_hefeweizen_.html Widmer Brothers Brewing started in 1984, when six breweries controlled 90 percent of the American beer market. With the help of family, including their father, Ray, brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer op]]> Drank: Little Sister ISA (Everybody’s Brewing) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18970-drank_little_sister_isa_%28everybodys_brewing%29_.html India Pale Ales (IPAs) pack a ton of hops as well as increasingly high alcohol. Whereas they used to boast 5- to 6-percent alcohol by volume (ABV), topping 7-percent is commonplace. After all, the ]]> Wooos and Brews: Oregon Brewfest 2014 - Your cheat sheet to the most interesting beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival 2014. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22816-wooos_and_brews_oregon_brewfest_2014_your_cheat_sheet_to_the_most_interesting_beer_at_the_oregon_bre.html This year’s Oregon Brewers Festival has something for every kind of beer lover, and there are many kinds of beer lover. The festival has beers for hopheads, sessionistas, fruitheads and those ]]> Beer Guide 2014: An Oral History of BridgePort India Pale Ale - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21933-beer_guide_2014_an_oral_history_of_bridgeport_india_pale_ale_.html BridgePort Brewing first fired its kettles in 1984, making it the oldest craft brewery in Oregon. At the time, founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi had already established themselves as winemakers with P]]> Drank: Devil’s Kriek (Double Mountain Brewery) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19438-drank_devils_kriek_%28double_mountain_brewery%29_.html Traditional krieks were lambic beers spiked with cherries, and were once the sole provenance of Belgium’s Senne Valley. Nowadays, sour beers made with wild yeasts appear almost everywhere, and k]]> Our Man In Amsterdam - A report from the center of the marijuana universe. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21815-our_man_in_amsterdam_a_report_from_the_center_of_the_marijuana_universe.html

I walked into the Green House Coffee Shop in Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District and saw Burt Reynolds.

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