Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Jon Abernathy


We first Jon a few years back at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland, and we've managed to stay in touch since then. Jon has a new book called Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon available now, and we decided it was time for all of us to get to know him a little better. #pdxbeergeeks, meet Jon! 

Fat Head's Brewery in Portland to Finally Open



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Portland, Oregon -- (October 20, 2014) -- In a town that covets craft beer and great food, a new brewpub is about to take up residence in the heart of Brewtown. Fat Head's Brewery will open the doors to their much anticipated entrance into the Pacific Northwest on Monday, November 3rd, bringing their award-winning arsenal of craft beers to The Pearl District in downtown Portland.

Fresh off their Gold Medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (Alpenglow Weizenbock, German-Style Wheat Ale), an all-star crew from the Midwest will man the brewhouse in Portland. Head Hunter IPA™, a perennial winner at events ranging from The Bistro West Coast IPA Festival and National IPA Challenge to the GABF and World Beer Cup will be the cornerstone of the beer lineup, in addition to Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale™ which was voted Most Refreshing Beer in America by Brewing News Magazine. Head Brewmaster Matt Cole had a hand in engineering the brewhouse system, which has a manageable structure designed to keep the beer fresh, with only a 10 barrel brewery but 13 fermentors and 12 bright tanks, giving him the flexibility to create a lot of different styles. Cole also notes that there will be a heavy focus on indigenous ingredients, so the Portland location will experience some completely different brews than their Cleveland counterpart, for example Zoobomb Dortmunder is in the works -- named after the weekly downhill bike ride. Patrons can expect 42 rotating beers on tap, from Fat Head's and other guest breweries across Oregon and all over the world.

Showcasing fresh, local ingredients in over-the-top pub grub, the food menu is anchored with Fat Head's signature munchies, burgers, pizza and Headwiches™-- sandwiches relatively close to the size of your head -- as well as specialties specific to the Portland location. Start with a selection of Habañero Hop Pickles, Pulled Pork Chili Fries, and slow smoked, whole Smokehouse Wings dry rubbed or lightly brushed in any one of the 8 house-made sauces. Then enjoy one of the colossal sandwiches like The Fat Italian™, ham, salami, capicola, and pepperoni, crumbled Italian sausage, provolone cheese, hard-boiled egg, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, red onion and rosemary mayo; or Chick'n Little™, chicken fingers, Original wing sauce, provolone and American cheese, 2 fried eggs, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and hot cherry pepper mayo. A tribute to their Pittsburgh origins, The Southside Slopes™ was named to Maxim Magazine's Top 5 Sandwiches in the U.S.A. and features a mountain of kielbasa topped with sautéed pierogis and onions, American cheese and horseradish sauce. If you saved any room for a happy ending, try a house-brewed Root Beer Float with Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream and you'll leave fat and happy.

The restaurant seats 278 throughout the bar and dining room, with flexible booth and table seating to accommodate groups. The beautifully arched ceiling and heavily beamed architecture have been preserved and now feature Fat Head's signature logo murals throughout this family-friendly space. An expanse of giant windows along the front and side of the building allow for an abundance of natural light to pour in. The tanks of the brand new brewhouse built locally by JVNW are on display behind the entire back half of the space. Fat Head's unique style resonates throughout the pub from the fretboards adorned with their distinctive branding all the way to the ever-changing beer menu wall above the bar. "We've created an exciting, engaging environment for our customers to enjoy what we do best, indulge in the art of fresh, craft beer," says Cole.

Open seven days a week, Fat Head's Brewery is located in the heart of the Pearl District at 131 NW 13th Ave (at Davis St), Portland, OR 97209. The restaurant opens daily at 11 am. Children's menu upon request. Gluten Free and Vegetarian friendly options. Takeout is also available. Major credit cards are accepted. Call (503) 820-7721 or visit fatheads.com. Like Fat Head's Portland on Facebook @fatheadsportland and Twitter @FatHeadsPDX.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brunch Done Feast-Style

Brunch is a big deal in Portland. Why? There are probably a lot of reasons. My theory is a combination of giving us a valid excuse to have alcohol with our first meal of the day and that the restaurants here take brunch seriously, offer a wide array of creative takes on the standards. Whatever the reason, the Feast Portland Tillamook Brunch Village was a true reflection of what brunch means in Portland.

The Bloody Mary is a brunch staple with many places offering a build-your-own bar; the one at Feast was the granddaddy of them all and my first stop.

For the cocktail-leaning crowd, there were plenty of mimosa-style options, including frozen drinks, a light gin fizz, a refreshing apple/whiskey combination and a beer-mosa from Widmer.

Not to be left out, for the straight up, "I'll have a beer" crowd, The Commons, Ninkasi, Fort George, Deschutes and the aforementioned Widmer, were pouring a variety of hop juices to please any palate. Taking the opportunity to try sips and bites together I found The Commons Brewery's flagship, Urban Farmhouse Ale, and Tails and Trotters' plate of bacon, ham and sausage to be a match made in heaven.

Another winner in my personal beer and food pairing game was Fort George's Cavatica Stout with a mildly sweet crepe topped with cherry sauce from The Baldwin Saloon (The Dalles). It was one of only two sweet offerings I enjoyed with the other being the more-than-the sum-of-its-parts waffle served up by Charm City Cakes West and Duff Goldman himself.

Like most of my brunch outings, I rolled out of the door happily stuffed with all the treats, liquid and solid, I could manage.

Guest post from beer geek and blogger Kris McDowell. If you're so inclined, check out her blog, find her on Twitter or see what she's been eating and drinking on Instagram.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Today I Feast-ed

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard that there is this "little" thing called Feast Portland going on. It kicked off last night with the Sandwich Invitational and there are many, many events happening this weekend. The largest and easiest on the pocketbook (if anyone actually has a pocketbook I want to see it) is the Grand Bounty, which I checked it out today. It was my first time (woo-hoo, I'm no longer a Feast virgin!!) and while I was pretty sure I wouldn't be disappointed I didn't really know what to expect.

What I found out was that it was a lot like beer festivals in the Midwest - pay your entry fee and then drink (and in this case eat, too) until you're heart's content (or until you're simply filled to the gills) all in the comfort of a 21+ crowd. Like beer festivals in general, there are fewer people in the beginning and a few hours in you start to notice there are now a lot of people. Unlike beer festivals there is also a demonstration stage as well as wine and the aforementioned food. In case you're still not convinced, here's a little food p0rn for ya.
There was the sweet
 
There was the salty

There was the meaty

There was the cheesy

Of course we can't forget the beery

And then there were my favorites - one sweet and one savory. We'll start with the sweet because as adults we should have dessert first if we want it. From Petunia's Pies & Pastries came the most wonderful two-bite Cookie Monster Babycakes. With cookie dough baked inside and adorning the frosting these were simply amazing. The only thing that could, and did, make them better was to have them with Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout.

The savory one that so won my heart and taste buds was line-caught salmon escabeche with organic heirloom tomato relish and micro arugula from the Elements Tapas Bar in Medford where Mike Hite is the chef. I forgot how many times I went back for more but it was enough for one of the guys working the table to take notice and jokingly comment that I was back "again."

Today I feasted, I suggest you make plans to do the same tomorrow.

Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Saturday, September 20th
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Tickets: $60


Guest post from beer geek and blogger Kris McDowell. If you're so inclined, check out her blog, find her on Twitter or see what she's been eating and drinking on Instagram.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Culinary Adventure of Feast Portland 2014

 Inspiration at every event.

The incredible weekend of food and drink known as Feast is almost upon us! Feast, sponsored by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of culinary delight showcasing some of the finest food and beverage Oregon has to offer. Feast also brings awareness, and raises much needed funds by donating all net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. In it's first two years, Feast has raised over $99,000 for both No Kid Hungry, and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Kudos to the founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch for helping ensure our future generations are fed.

Despite most of the hands-on classes being sold out, there is still room available at most of the signature events. One of the events we are most looking forward to this year is the Widmer Brother’s Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread. How could you not love the search for the ultimate sandwich!

THE LINEUP

CHEFS
Hugh Acheson, Empire State South (Atlanta, GA)
Dustin Clark, The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR)
Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb (San Francisco, CA)
Scott Dolich, The Bent Brick (Portland, OR)
Rick Gencarelli, Lardo (Portland, OR)
Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood, Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR)
Derek Hanson, Broder Nord (Portland, OR)
Eric Joppie, Bar Avignon (Portland, OR)
Paul Kahan, Avec (Chicago, IL)
Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Marché (Eugene, OR)
Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw (Portland, OR)
Matt McCallister, FT33 (Dallas, TX)
Bonnie Morales, Kachka (Portland, OR)
Cathy Whims, Nostrana (Portland, OR)

BREWERIES
Widmer Brothers Brewing, (Portland, OR)

WINERIES
Columbia Crest Grand Estates, (Patterson, WA)
Columbia Winery, (Woodinville, WA)
Erath, (Dundee, OR)
Hawks View Cellars, (Sherwood, OR)
Northstar, (Walla Walla, WA)
Union Wine Co., (Sherwood, OR)

DISTILLERIES
Reyka Vodka, (Borgarnes, Iceland)

WHEN - Thursday, September 18TH 6:00PM - 9:00PM
WHERE - Director Park
TICKETS - $95/ All inclusive

Hopefully we see you all there!




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Doctor Who Premier With Bridgetown Beerhouse


With the Doctor Who premier coming up this weekend and not having cable, we were wondering how to watch it with like minded friends. We threw the idea out to one of our favorite haunts, and they said "Sure, what the hell!"

Please join us on Saturday for the premier of the 12th Doctor! 


When: Saturday 8/23/14 7-9pm
Where: Bridgetown Beerhouse
915 N Shaver St
Portland, Oregon 97227

Feel free to dress in costume. Best dressed will win a free #pdxbeergeeks t-shirt! Seating is super limited, so show up early. Cheers!

Event page

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oregon Brewers Festival 2014



At 27 years running, the Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the oldest and best-loved craft beer festivals in the world. With a laid back attitude and scores of craft beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of
Portland, and is the crowning jewel of Oregon Craft Beer Month.

Looking over the beer list for this year, here are some of the breweries we have to try! Complete list can be seen here

Ashtown Brewing Co - Blackberry IPA
Cigar City Brewing - Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Dogfish Head Oak Aged Strong Ale
Dunedin Brewery - White IPA w/ Hibiscus Flowers
Gilgamesh Brewing - Radtke Radler
GoodLife Brewing Co - Coffee Blonde
Heathen Brewery - Megadank Hop Centric IPA
McMenamins Concordia Brewery - Double Helix Double IPA
Omission Beer Co - Grapefruit Shandy Session IPA
Payette Brewing Co - Blood Orange IPA
Sixpoint Craft Ales - Barrel Aged 3Beans

And of course THE SPECIALTY TENT featuring some of the finest Europe has to offer! 

The details...

Event Name
27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Venue
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

Dates
July 23 - 27, 2014 — "Always the last full weekend in July"
Times
Wed through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9pm
Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7pm
Token & glass sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off (8:30pm daily, except 6:30pm Sunday)
Admission
The OBF is NOT a ticketed event, admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2014 souvenir tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full 12.8oz glass of beer, or one token for a 3oz. taste. Glasses and tokens are pre-sold up to two weeks prior to the festival at select local locations, including Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Belmont Station, Deschutes in the Pearl, Rogue Ales Public House and the Green Dragon. The festival is cash only, and there are 8 ATMs on-site.