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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 Rye Beer Fest Taplist Announced




Rye Beer Fest Tap List Announced
A Benefit For Dawn To Dusk & The Children’s 
Cancer Association

Portland, Ore. -- Taplister announces the third annual Rye Beer Fest complete tap list of 22 beers.

Melvin Brewing/Thai Me Up ~ Johnny Ryeale IPA
Burnside Brewing Company ~ Spring Rye with coriander ~ Roggenbier
Deschutes Brewery ~ Bourbon and Rye ~ Rye Ale
Widmer Brothers Collaborator ~ Red Molly Rye Lager
Crooked Fence Brewing Company ~ Risen Rye Stout
Oakshire Brewing ~ Line Dry Pale Ale
Stone Brewing ~ Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch
Old Town Brewing Company ~ TBD
Humble Brewing ~ Comet Rye'd Farmhouse Saison
Vagabond Brewing ~ All Rye, All Rye, All Rye IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery ~ Rye-heitsgabot Berliner Weiss
Elysian Brewing Company ~ The Same Mistake Rye IPA
Occidental Brewing Company ~ Roggenweizen
Ale Industries ~ Rye'd Piper Red Ale
Breakside Brewery ~ Brett Rye IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company ~ Wooky Jack Black IPA
Stickmen Brewery & Skewery ~ One Rye Bitch Barley Wine
Agrarian Ales ~ Coalescense Saison
Base Camp Brewing Company ~ Ripstop Rye Pilsner
Snipes Mountain Brewing ~ NW Crossing American IPA
Alameda Brewing Company ~ American Rye Double IPA
Alameda Brewing Company ~ Easy Ryeder Mosaic ISA

About the fest:
The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held at EastBurn (1800 E. Burnside. Portland, Ore.) during Portland Beer Week. The fest will take place on Friday June 13th, from 4pm-2am with no entry fee and live music starting at 10pm. Partial proceeds from the sale of beer will be donated to
the Dawn to Dusk paddle fund for the Children’s Cancer Association.

In addition to rye beers, there will be rye cocktails and rye themed food. The pricing for the beer is $2 for a 5oz sample and pints start at $5. The price of cocktails and DJ Rhienna starts in the downstairs Tap Room at 9pm Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band has replaced Unsafe Dartz at 10pm upstairs.

To keep up with the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest check out out www.ryebeerfest.com.

About Dawn To Dusk:
Dawn to Dusk is an endurance paddling event where paddlers do laps for 12 hours around Ross Island in downtown Portland to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association. Last year Bridge City Paddling Club raised more than $43,000 for this great organization. Bridge City Paddling Club is a non-profit organization, dedicated to both community service and competition.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 North American Organic Brewers Festival


North American Organic Brewers Festival celebrates 10th
year of drinking organic, saving the planet
Eco-conscience beer festival will serve up 60 organic beers and ciders 

PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June 29 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost extra tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from three-dozen different breweries. Many of the breweries brew a one-off batch just for the event; styles run the gamut from goldens and Belgians to porters and stouts, with a bit of everything in-between. There's also live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The Chipotle Kids’ Zone will offer free activity books, grow pots and Chipotle kids’ meal cards, plus face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers.

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with biodiesel generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates and employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars. Last year’s event recycled and composted 92% of the total waste, marking the second year in a row that more than 90% of the event’s waste was diverted from the landfill.
The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line “Overlook Park” Station is directly across from the festival. Attendess can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers from Rotary Club of Portland-Westside’s Cycling 2 Serve Fellowship will watch over bikes for free (donations will benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” efforts to eradicate polio worldwide).

Why an organic beer festival? Studies show that the world's population currently consumes 30% more natural resources than the Earth's ecosystems can replenish. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial agriculture is accountable for 70% of the pollution in our country's rivers and streams. Genetically modified ingredients can be found in nearly every grocery store. The NAOBF believes that education and exposure lead to awareness, and awareness can translate to passion. If everyone becomes passionate about sustainability, as a whole we can make the planet a cleaner and healthier place for all of us to inhabit. For more information visit naobf.org.

Venue
Overlook Park
1301 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227
(intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)

Dates
June 26 – June 29, 2014

Times
Noon to 9 pm Thurs - Sat
Noon to 5 pm Sun
Contact Information