Brewing Up Cocktails: Winter Edition @ The Hop & Vine

Brewing up Cocktails: Holiday Edition

This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter’s edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list…

Hot Drinks Wassail
Returning from last year’s hit Brewing up Cocktails is the hot mulled classic Wassail made with a base of Deschutes Jubelale slowly heated in a crockpot with brandy, sherry, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange. Served warm in a mug with a lemon slice.


Hot Scotchy

Beervana described  the Hot Scotchy as “The Greatest Beverage in the World.” Perhaps the most popular beer cocktail to date, made with hot unfermented beer and Scotch. It may be the perfect winter brewers beverage.


Hot Choklat


A new creation served steaming hot, it is one boozy treat. Starting with a base of dark rum, a little Galliano Ristretto is added and then topped off with steamed 9% abv Choklat Imperial Stout and a float of whipped cream. Served with or without a dash of chili powder.


Cold Drinks


Trade Winds Punch: Rum, gin, vanilla Beans, grapefruit zest, ripe guavas, Chinese five spice powder, and a stalk of lemongrass are infused over night and then built into a tasty beer punch the next day with fresh lime juice, citrusy IPA, and sugar. This is our recreation of punch originated by Washington, DC bartender Jon Harris. You have never had anything like it, we promise you.


Euclidean 75

The lightest and most refreshing of the bunch, the Euclidean 75 is made with gin, lemon, and sugar,  then topped off with an effervescent and refreshingly tart Berliner-Weisse. A creation from Denver bartender and beer cocktail afficionado Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall. FurburgerThe lovingly named Furburger returns from the very first Brewing up Cocktails. Black and thick as night with chocolate and roasty creaminess from Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, balanced with herbal Chartreuse and bourbon.

Smoked Vanilla Bean Flip

This creamy dessert of a beer cocktail has an incredible melange of flavors, from the anise-tinged aquavit to cream sherry, rhubarb and chocolate bitters, one whole egg, and Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter.

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This post was written by admin on November 29, 2011

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Brewing Up Cocktails: Winter Edition

Brewing up Cocktails: Holiday Edition

This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter’s edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list… Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Brewing up Cocktails 1 Year Anniversary Party

Inventive cocktails made with beer are what you can always find at Brewing Up Cocktails events. Test out new flavors that will open doors into what you might never have imagined. All this is going down at the Hop & Vine (1914 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, Oregon). Join the crew including Ezra, Jacob, and Yetta for some back yard sun soaked fun and even a frozen margarita machine. Here’s the details: 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.

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Breakside Announces Collaborator Fest

Lisa Morrison and Ben Edmunds

Breakside Brewery has put together a series of one-off collaboration beers to be released as part of a small “Collaboration Fest” on June 4th. These beers have been brewed with well known members of the community who are not currently themselves brewers, and include beer writer John Foyston; beer media personality and author Lisa Morrison; the staff of world class beer bar Saraveza; and Brewpublic contributor and LOLA (Ladies of Lagers and Ales) founder Margaret Lut.

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Breakside Collaboration Fest

Breakside Brewery has put together a series of one-off collaboration beers to be released as part of a small “Collaboration Fest” on June 4th. These beers have been brewed with well known members of the community who are not currently themselves brewers, and include beer writer John Foyston; beer media personality and author Lisa Morrison; the staff of world class beer bar Saraveza; and Brewpublic contributor and LOLA (Ladies of Lagers and Ales) founder Margaret Lut.

Each collaborator was asked to design a beer of their choosing with very little restriction; they then met with Edmunds to hammer out the details of a recipe that would be brewed as a 3 bbl batch on the Breakside system. The featured collaboration beers will be Foyston’s Oregon Steam, an American amber ale featuring all Oregon malts and hops; Morrison’s Meyer Lemon Kölsch; Saraveza’s strong saison brewed with Northwest hops; and Lut’s beet ale.

Breakside BreweryAdditionally, Breakside’s cocktail beers—done with the founders of the Brewing Up Cocktails series—will be on tap for the June 4th event as well. The beers will all debut on June 4th at noon, with special pricing on sampler trays of the collaboration series and the various collaborators on hand to discuss the beers. The beers will also be available as normal pours throughout the day, and all of them will rotate on and off tap at Breakside (and other bars) throughout the summer. Additional details regarding the Collaboration Fest, including food specials and more detailed beer descriptions, will be released in the coming weeks.

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This post was written by admin on May 10, 2011

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Breakside Brewery Whiskey Ginger Release

Finally, on May 11, the Whiskey Ginger will be on tap at Breakside Brewery. This beer finds its origins in a cocktail called Six Lengths Ahead, which was on the original drink menu at Portland’s cocktail hotspot Beaker and Flask. This beer also aged in a Whippersnapper barrel and has blueberries, fresh ginger, lime peel, and a touch of grenadine.

Breakside Brewery's Ben Edmunds loads a randall with cucumbers and juniper berries

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Breakside Barrel-aged Sazerac Release

May 4, will see the release of Breakside Sazerac, a cocktail beer modeled after the famous New Orleans drink. In this case, the Belgian brown ale aged in a Whippersnapper whiskey barrel with star anise, lemon peel, and Peychaud’s bitters.

Breakside Brewer Ben Edmunds

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Beer Cocktails with BoozeWeek International & Brewpublic @ Izakaya Meiji (Eugene)

Beer Cocktails BoozeWeek International teams up with Brewpublic to bring you three, uniquely hand-crafted cocktails featuring beers from local breweries at Izakaya Meiji 345 Van Buren Street

Boozeweek International's Elliot Martinez

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This post was written by admin on April 27, 2011

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