Carrying the Tiki Torch

Yes, the guys in flowered shirts take cocktails seriously, too.

Food Reviews & Stories
A small tropical “storm” breaks out in the corner of the room, and Craig Hermann, dressed in a safari hat and vintage Hawaiian shirt, erupts with a delighted...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Shake It Up

Toast Portland Cocktail Week with a Willamette Week-flavored libation.

The second annual Portland Cocktail Week (it’s actually only three days, but you can always start drinking a few days early) hits town Thursday. It’s more a conference for professional mixologi   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Portland Now Has a Cocktail Cart

Yes, with actual booze.


Food & Drink
Forget beer carts, Portland now has a cocktail cart. With actual booze.To promote the second annual Portland Cocktail Week—a four-day festival of liquor-centered events, seminars and competitions coinciding with the Great American Distillers Festival, running Oct. 20-23—the Oregon Bartenders Guild is operating a cocktail cart, dubbed “the Hospitality Suite,” at the Cartopia pod at Southeast ...   More
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Shakers at Ten Paces: Battle of the Portland Bartenders

For those who think Portland's bar scene and bartenders sometimes take themselves just a leeeeettle too seriously, check this out: Shaker Faces is also an entertaining tongue-in-cheek online competition where bartenders from around the country demonstrate their "shaker face" (i.e. their own personal cocktail shaking style), which often looks a lot like guitar face or even other faces people ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Portland Cocktail Week: Meet the Bartenders

Food & Drink
Many of Portland and America's best "mixologists"—that's a fancy word for "bartenders"—are gathered here for Portland Cocktail Week. With such a wealth of knowledge on all things boozy in the one place, we cornered a few of the cocktail world's movers and shakers at the bar: Craig Hermann Bartender at Thatch Tiki Bar in Portland Favorite drink right now? Three Dots and a Dash. It's a mix of ...   More
Saturday, October 23, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Portland Cocktail Week: March for Mezcal

Food & Drink
Bartenders and booze-hounds marched across the Pearl District on Friday to protest the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) treatment of "high-quality agave spirits" as part of Portland Cocktail Week. The somewhat tongue-in-cheek event, dubbed "March for Mezcal," was sponsored by Ilegal Mezcal, whose product has been denied entry to the state by the OLCC. Although other brands are available ...   More
Saturday, October 23, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Portland Cocktail Week: Shake-off at the PDX Cocktail Invitational

Food & Drink
Bluehour's Art Tierce at the PDX Cocktail Invitational Portland Cocktail Week and the Great American Distillers Festival wrapped up on Sunday, with both events culminating in the finals of the PDX Cocktail Invitational at the Tiffany Center. Top local and visiting bartenders battled it out with signature creations in heats on Saturday, with judges whittling the field down to just four: Ali Tahsini ...   More
Monday, October 25, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Portland Cocktail Week: Meet (more) Bartenders

Food & Drink
As Portland Cocktail Week winds up in one big messy hangover, we caught up with more of the top-shelf local and visiting bartenders hanging around Portland's bars on the weekend. Audrey Saunders Owner of Pegu Club in New York Favorite drink right now? I don't have one. We've created so many drinks, it's like having kids. Every one has a different personality, you birth every one of them. We sit ...   More
Monday, October 25, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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