Portland Cocktail Week Is Nearly Here!

The 6th Annual Great American Distiller’s Fest is nearly upon us, and oh my how it’s grown!  Starting as a one-day tasting event held in the middle of summer at Rogue Brewing , the GADF has blossomed.  Now it’s nearly a week of spirits seminars, special dinners, a black-tie gala plus other events, and known as Portland … [Read more...]

The 2010 Oregon Brewer’s Festival


More than twenty years ago, the founders of the Oregon Brewers Festival (Portland Brewing, Widmer Brothers and Bridgeport) collaborated on bringing together beers not available in Portland and serving them up to thirsty Portlanders on one sunny July weekend. Now, the Oregon Brewer's Festival (OBF) brings in 81 … [Read more...]

Taste of the Nation — A Battle Plan


Nearly fifty restaurants, more than three dozen wineries and breweries, plus sake and spirits!  And just four hours. I’ll echo the words of my old friend Tom, a notorious lothario, who would enter a room and after surveying it, place arms akimbo and declare:  "We cannot possibly have them all...but we can … [Read more...]

Just another weekend in Beervana

2006 Oregon Brewfest

Under perfect summer skies on the banks of the sparkling Willamette with Mt. Hood towering in the distance, 72 wildly wonderful beers will pour for the denizens of Beertopia and the folks who are lucky enough to visit here.  It's the most perfect weekend of the summer, and following is a preview of how you're likely to … [Read more...]

The 20th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival


The 20th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival by Suds Sister I have a friend who very cleverly convinced his girlfriend to make the move from Manhattan to Portland. One thing that worked in his favor was to make sure that her first visit to Portland was during the last full weekend in July, which is when the Oregon … [Read more...]

Think Globally, Drink Locally

Portland has become positively civilized with its recent explosion of small distilleries. Let's raise a glass and have a proper drink toasting the city's burgeoning local, made-by-hand liquor producers. Classic cocktails are nothing new, but small-batch artisanal liquors are showing up in liquor stores, restaurants and … [Read more...]

Review: Westcafe


Westcafé is a a sunny downtown outpost offering brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, coffee, take-out, snacks, cocktails, and dog-walking (just kidding on that last one). I am often in that neighborhood, and had been walking by Westcafé for months this past summer, curious to see what was going into the massive space. … [Read more...]