- THIS BUDâS FOR BROS: Budweiserâs Super Bowl commercial mocking craft beer seemed to fans in the Northwest like Anheuser-Busch shooting itself in the foot, given Bud just bought Bendâs 10 Barrel and Seattleâs Elysian breweries. âLet them sip their pumpkin peach ale,â says the commercial. âWeâll be brewing us some golden suds.â Exceptâ¦ Elysian made a pumpkin peach ale called Gourdgia on My Mind only a couple months ago. âIt certainly doesnât make me feel any better about a deal I didnât even want to happen,â Elysian co-founder Dick Cantwell told the Chicago Tribune on Feb. 2. âItâs made a difficult situation even more painful.â On its Facebook page, 10 Barrel vowed that its next seasonal would be a pumpkin peach ale, and asked Elysian to collaborate. As of press time, Elysian had not responded.
- UNJUST DESSERTS: Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa acted unlawfully when refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in January 2013, a state hearings officer determined Jan. 29, two years after the original incident. Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein had counter-filed for $200,000 in damages and summary dismissal of the lesbian coupleâs civil rights complaint. By rejecting the Kleinsâ claim, administrative law judge Alan McCullough cleared the way for a March 10 hearing that will rule on damages the bakery owes. The bakery could be forced to pay up to $150,000 by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. In July 2014, the Kleinsâ attorney attempted to remove Avakian from the case, arguing he was biased in favor of gay rights.
- BEE SEASON: Schoolhouse Supplies held its annual local celebrity spelling bee Jan. 30, and Dandy Warhols keyboardist Zia McCabe was dethroned after reigning supreme for two yearsâincluding a victory in 2013 over Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who couldnât spell âfusillade.â McCabe placed third this year, losing on âsyndesmosis.â Radio morning host John Erickson of K103 won the title over City Commissioner Nick Fish, who had a hard time with âpusillanimous.â
- J-E-L-L-O: Back in 2012, we reported on a rogue bartender at the Lloyd Center Applebeeâs who was serving delicious homemade Jell-O shots in flavors like candy apple, caramel apple and candy corn. Well, that bartender, Kayla Ziolkowski, is striking out on her own with a new barâalthough Ziolkowski says that before leaving, sheâd been Oregonâs No. 1 Applebeeâs bartender in sales, as assessed by the corporate chainâs surveillance software. Her new bar, the Kache, will take over for Roseway restaurant Sunisa Thai at 6852 NE Sandy Blvd., after it closes at the end of February. She plans to take her $1 artisanal Jell-O shots with her, augmented by a $1 PBR hour, plus free bar snacks in partnership with local bakeries.