Being a Beer Tourist in my own Backyard

BC beer blogger Sara Hancock

Sara Hancock

By Sara Hancock

Instead of my usual cross-border dash on long weekends, I played tourist in my own hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia this Saturday, visiting a couple of our great taprooms, The Alibi Room and Bitter Tasting Room.

The two locations have quite a bit in common with their hipster chic décor of industrial fixtures and reclaimed wood, foodie menu staples (local chicken undergoes spiritual counseling prior to be brought to your plate), slightly gentrifying neighbours and neighbourhoods, and of course the obvious care and attention lavished on their beer selection. Luckily for beer geeks there are also some key differences, which means you really need to try both places.

The Alibi Room kegs

The Alibi RoomThe Alibi Room concentrates on draught beers, presenting an impressive menu of over fifty beers broken down into various styles bolstered by a couple of cask selections. Obviously the focus on is local breweries but a number of American and foreign craft beers can also be sampled. Eleven dollars buys you a flight of four so you can try a variety before committing to any one pint – as every good beer geek knows you gotta do your homework. Alibi Room is bright and spacious with long communal tables that allow you to interact with your best new beer friends aka your tablemates. You can do a little train watching Read More…

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Brewpublic Presents: Beer Mixology Hat-Trick at The Guild Public House

BREWPUBLIC & The Guild Public House Present The Beer Mixology Hat-Trick

The Guild Public HouseBrewpublic is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with The Guild Public House to bring together a trifecta of tri-state craft breweries to perform the ultimate beer mixology hat-trick. Portland’s popular farmhouse inspired microbrewery The Commons Brewery will be the home team in this menage-a-trios of beer infused cocktail insanity. From just across the river in Vancouver, WA comes Mt Tabor Brewing, the region’s first craft brewery in several years. Rounding out the triumvirate of flavor aptitude will be Berkeley, California’s Bison Organic Brewing. Brewers and representatives from these three dynamic brewhouses will be on hand to showcase popular releases as well as cocktails made with and to specifically designed to complement the offerings of each. Beers brewed with a variety of ingredients will be married with liquor and a variety of other components to result in a one of a kind whirlwind of immaculateness.

Ashley Routson, mixologist (photo by Mike Condie)The Commons Brewery will combine the rich complexities of brewer Mike Wright’s Urban Farmhouse Ale with blood orange simple syrup, a special variety of gin, and lemon juice. The Commons will also feature a special keg of something to be determined at the time of the event. Mt Tabor Brewing will present a cocktail made from their popular Rooibos & Rye Pale Ale mixed with Hendricks Gin and  a simple syrup concocted of chamomile, orange peel and a splash of fresh lemon. Brewer Eric Surface will also provide a keg of Mt Tabor’s India Pale Ale. Bison Organic Brewing will unleash their Gingerbread Flip made with their popular Gingerbread Ale, infused with ginger simple syrup, Sailor Jerry Rum,and eggs. Bison brewer Daniel Del Grande will also be pouring his sublimely delicious Chocolate Stout for this event as well.

Many of the recipes for this event would not have been possible without the guidance of nationally acclaimed beer mixologist Ashley Routson, who wears many hats in the craft libations world, including wine sommelier, Cicerone certified beer expert, and serves by day as the director of awesomeness for Bison Brewing. Routson, followed widely as The Beer Wench runs two popular blogs, Drink With The Wench and BeerMixology.

Brewpublic ‘s Beer Mixology Hat-Trick kicks off at The Guild Public House (1101 E. Burnside, Portland, OR) at 6PM. Brewers and representatives will be on hand until at least 10PM.

“The Guild has been interested in doing beer cocktails for some time and is excited to partner with three innovative craft breweries, Portland’s number one source for beer news, and the country’s premier beer mixologist for the first of many beer cocktail events to come.” — Dan Roy, owner of The Guild Pub.

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Brewpublic Presents: Beer Mixology Hat-Trick (The Commons, Mt Tabor, & Bison Organic) @ The Guild Public House

BREWPUBLIC & The Guild Public House Present The Beer Mixology Hat-Trick

The Guild Public HouseBrewpublic is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with The Guild Public House to bring together a trifecta of tri-state craft breweries to perform the ultimate beer mixology hat-trick. Portland’s popular farmhouse inspired microbrewery The Commons Brewery will be the home team in this menage-a-trios of beer infused cocktail insanity. From just across the river in Vancouver, WA comes Mt Tabor Brewing, the region’s first craft brewery in several years. Rounding out the triumvirate of flavor aptitude will be Berkeley, California’s Bison Organic Brewing. Brewers and representatives from these three dynamic brewhouses will be on hand to showcase popular releases as well as cocktails made with and to specifically designed to complement the offerings of each. Beers brewed with a variety of ingredients will be married with liquor and a variety of other components to result in a one of a kind whirlwind of immaculateness.

Ashley Routson, mixologist (photo by Mike Condie)The Commons Brewery will combine the rich complexities of brewer Mike Wright’s Urban Farmhouse Ale with blood orange simple syrup, a special variety of gin, and lemon juice. The Commons will also feature a special keg of something to be determined at the time of the event. Mt Tabor Brewing will present a cocktail made from their popular Rooibos & Rye Pale Ale mixed with Hendricks Gin and  a simple syrup concocted of chamomile, orange peel and a splash of fresh lemon. Brewer Eric Surface will also provide a keg of Mt Tabor’s India Pale Ale. Bison Organic Brewing will unleash their Gingerbread Flip made with their popular Gingerbread Ale, infused with ginger simple syrup, Sailor Jerry Rum,and eggs. Bison brewer Daniel Del Grande will also be pouring his sublimely delicious Chocolate Stout for this event as well.

Many of the recipes for this event would not have been possible without the guidance of nationally acclaimed beer mixologist Ashley Routson, who wears many hats in the craft libations world, including wine sommelier, Cicerone certified beer expert, and serves by day as the director of awesomeness for Bison Brewing. Routson, followed widely as The Beer Wench runs two popular blogs, Drink With The Wench and BeerMixology.

Brewpublic ‘s Beer Mixology Hat-Trick kicks off at The Guild Public House (1101 E. Burnside, Portland, OR) at 6PM. Brewers and representatives will be on hand until at least 10PM.

“The Guild has been interested in doing beer cocktails for some time and is excited to partner with three innovative craft breweries, Portland’s number one source for beer news, and the country’s premier beer mixologist for the first of many beer cocktail events to come.” — Dan Roy, owner of The Guild Pub.

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Upright Brewing Gives Beer Geeks Many Reasons to Rejoice

Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum bottling Four Play Ale

Upright Brewing When Upright Brewing opened in 2009, there was a a lot of buzz surrounding the Northeast Portland brewery. As many beer geeks like us were anticipatory of the French and Belgian farmhouse-inspired beers that former BJ’s brewer and Ommegang apprentice Alex Ganum would make, others expressed skepticism regarding the viability of a brewery that didn’t march to the beaten drum. Brewing in an open barrel fermenter might have lead many to think the guy was just crazy, but this never deterred our man.

Since the bold undertaking of Ganum three years ago and his apparent success, a number of other daring regional craft beer adventures have broken ground. These include Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Block 15, Breakside Brewery, The Commons Brewery, and more. To say that Ganum is a visionary of what craft beer in our region could sustain, seems in retrospect a bit of an understatement.

Upright bottlesUpright’s core lineup of numerological named beers that include his sessionable wheaten Four, a more aggressively hopped Five, a rich dark rye Six, and his boldest and most assertive Saison, Seven, exemplify just how originative Upright is. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg, and in someways, seemingly pedestrian when considering the risks Ganum has been willing to take when devising and executing many of his beers over the past three years. Delving into barrel-aging and blending of wild ales, Ganum’s vision for beer is more than just a quaff for the average dude, it involves a mindful approach to the culinary arts and ties in elements of history and science. As a parter in the restaurant and bar, The Grain & Gristle, Ganum continually illustrates his appreciation for a vast range of flavors in beers that he achieves by a variety of means. Whether it is unfolding new flavor profiles with beers like his Flora Rustica Saison which employs the addition of calendula flower and yarrow, or revamping historic styles like the Oyster Stout or the German-inspired Gose, it is evident that Ganum refuses to let himself get complacent, therefor, his audience is seldom bored.

Upright Brewers Gerritt Ill (left) and Alex Ganum

As an example of Upright’s constant evolution, Ganum has altered its house strain of yeast for the Number Series three times since the brewery’s inception.  “Five is also hoppier now and the aroma is more pronounced” says Ganum. “With our new yeast, the Four, Five, and Six are now coming across as more French Biere de Garde styles.” he adds. “This allows them to come across as more ingredients-driven and way less floral and fruity.” Ganum says the boisterous Seven is perhaps the only beer of the regular lineup that has remained mostly the same.

Over the past month, Upright Brewing has brewed a handful of noteworthy beers that are sure to inspire salivation in the mouths of beer lovers and foodies alike. Not playing on the popularity and hype of barrel-aging, Ganum’s reserved and humble demeanor channel an inclusive vibe to his trade. Further, Upright’s beers when compared to many other daring brewers bottling in 750ml champagne bottles, is considerably affordable.

Here is a look at more than a handful specialty beers that you can expect to find in bottles and on tap from Upright. Get them while you can because they may disappear soon. Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails One Year Anniversary Party at The Hop & Vine

Brewing Up Cocktails 1 Year AnniversaryIt has been just One Year since Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Jacob Grier and Yetta Vorobik founded Brewing up Cocktails with the intent of exploring the gray areas and overlap of the craft spirits and craft beer scenes both of which Portland, OR is known for. Since the first experimental event as part of last years Oregon Craft Beer Month at The Hop & Vine the beer cocktails movement has exploded into a full blown nationwide trend attracting the attention of everyone from NBC News to The New York Times and local publications like Imbibe Magazine and Portland Monthly. Spearheading the movement the Brewing up Cocktails crew has put on seven different events across the west coast including one internationally in Vancouver, BC in just the last 12 months and this July 30th along with sponsors Kona Brewing and Groupon present the eighth installment with a summer Tiki Party theme at the original location Yetta Vorobik’s The Hop & Vine.

This Saturday July 30th join us for a full on Luau and Pig Roast complete with a thatched outdoor Tiki bar, tiki torch’s and more at the infamous bamboo’d garden patio of one of North Portland’s highest rated bars The Hop & Vine known for its combination of Beer, Food, Spirits, Wine and even it’s own Bottleshop. Teaming up with Kailua Hawaii based Kona Brewing known for their refreshing tropical craft beers and the deals giant startup with a love of Portland’s craft beer passionate culture Groupon. No cover charge for this event with drinks individually priced.

About Brewing up Cocktails
Founded by Ezra Johnson-Greenough, a brewer, writer, artist and event coordinator, Brewing Up Cocktails started as a one-time event for Oregon Craft Beer Month in July 2010 and has turned into something much larger. Johnson-Greenough asked hot local bartender/mixologist and writer Jacob Grier to collaborate with him in crafting some unique beer cocktails in the hope of proving that craft beers can be as good in mixed drinks as they are on their own. The venue they chose had to have great beer and an outstanding selection of fine spirits, and that is where partner Yetta Vorobik’s property, North Portland hotspot The Hop & Vine, came in. In addition to a great location for events, Vorobik adds her creative spirit and an adventurous third palate to the mix.
The July 2010 event was met with great interest, but it was not until the partners decided to do a follow-up event in the fall that the critics and public started to catch on. Beervana described one of Brewing Up Cocktails’ signature drinks, the Hot Scotchy, as:

“The Greatest Beverage in the World”

Mix Magazine opined:

“Straight-ahead beer fan that I am, I have to agree that beer cocktails open up a brave new world.”

And Portland Monthly Magazine said:

“A merger of Portland’s craft beer and quality cocktail cultures could push the next evolution of our increasingly sophisticated drinking scene.”

And finally the Associated Press caught on, with a story carried internationally, including on ABC News.

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Brewing Up Cocktails One Year Anniversary Party at The Hop & Vine

Brewing Up Cocktails 1 Year AnniversaryIt has been just One Year since Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Jacob Grier and Yetta Vorobik founded Brewing up Cocktails with the intent of exploring the gray areas and overlap of the craft spirits and craft beer scenes both of which Portland, OR is known for. Since the first experimental event as part of last years Oregon Craft Beer Month at The Hop & Vine the beer cocktails movement has exploded into a full blown nationwide trend attracting the attention of everyone from NBC News to The New York Times and local publications like Imbibe Magazine and Portland Monthly. Spearheading the movement the Brewing up Cocktails crew has put on seven different events across the west coast including one internationally in Vancouver, BC in just the last 12 months and this July 30th along with sponsors Kona Brewing and Groupon present the eighth installment with a summer Tiki Party theme at the original location Yetta Vorobik’s The Hop & Vine.

This Saturday July 30th join us for a full on Luau and Pig Roast complete with a thatched outdoor Tiki bar, tiki torch’s and more at the infamous bamboo’d garden patio of one of North Portland’s highest rated bars The Hop & Vine known for its combination of Beer, Food, Spirits, Wine and even it’s own Bottleshop. Teaming up with Kailua Hawaii based Kona Brewing known for their refreshing tropical craft beers and the deals giant startup with a love of Portland’s craft beer passionate culture Groupon. No cover charge for this event with drinks individually priced.

About Brewing up Cocktails Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails featuring Oakshire @ Spints Alehouse

Brewing up Cocktails teams up with Oakshire Brewing out of Eugene, OR and Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk to showcase traditional ‘Flip’ cocktails on Easter Sunday. Flips are a class of mixed drinks that use raw eggs. According to Wikipedia:

The first bar guide to feature a flip (and to add eggs to the list of ingredients) was Jerry Thomas‘s 1862 How to Mix Drinks; or, The Bon-Vivant’s Companion. In this work, Thomas declares that, “The essential in flips of all sorts is to produce the smoothness by repeated pouring back and forward between two vessels and beating up the eggs well in the first instance the sweetening and spices according to taste.”[1]

Furthermore the origin of Flips are as beer cocktails made on ships during Colonial times using a mixture of Rum, Ale, Eggs and Sugar then heated with a red hot poker. Since we have yet to find a way to recreate that we have designed a drink list inspired by both the modern flip cocktails and recipes dating back to 1862.

Join us on Easter Sunday April 24th from 5-8pm for food specials, beer flip cocktails and Oakshire beer at the foodie, cocktail and beer favorite of east 28th avenue Spints Alehouse.

Brewing Up Cocktails with Oakshire Brewing @ Spints Alehouse

About Brewing up Cocktails
Founded by Ezra Johnson-Greenough, a brewer, writer, artist and event coordinator, Brewing Up Cocktails started as a one-time event for Oregon Craft Beer Month in July 2010 and has turned into something much larger. Johnson-Greenough asked hot local bartender/mixologist and writer Jacob Grier to collaborate with him in crafting some unique beer cocktails in the hope of proving that craft beers can be as good in mixed drinks as they are on their own. The venue they chose had to have great beer and an outstanding selection of fine spirits, and that is where partner Yetta Vorobik’s property, North Portland hotspot The Hop & Vine. In addition to a great location for events, Vorobik adds her creative spirit and an adventurous third palate to the mix.
the July 2010 event was met with great interest, but it was not until the partners decided to do a follow-up event in the fall that the critics and public started to catch on. Beervana described one of Brewing Up Cocktails’ signature drinks, the Hot Scotchy, as:

The Greatest Beverage in the World

Mix Magazine opined:

Straight-ahead beer fan that I am, I have to agree that beer cocktails open up a brave new world.

And Portland Monthly Magazine said:

a merger of Portland’s craft beer and quality cocktail cultures could push the next evolution of our increasingly sophisticated drinking scene.

And finally the Associated Press caught on, with a story carried internationally, including on ABC News.

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