Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer – Book Release

Cocktails on Tap The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Jacob Grier

Local writer, bartender, and magician, Jacob Grier, will release his first full-length book this evening at Powell’s City of Books. Grier’s book featuring beer cocktails, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, will hit bookstore shelves today, March 23rd.

Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer is published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, which features an introduction form the well-respected Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont. Food photographer David L. Reamer captured the books photography.

Cocktails on Tap features more than 50 recipes for drinks using beer as its focal point ingredient. Grier developed and perfected these recipes from the bar programs that he led here in Portland at The Carlyle, Metrovino, and The Hop and Vine. He also co-founded the events group Brewing Up Cocktails, founded the annual Aquavit Week celebration, and worked with several prominent spirits brands.Jacob Grier

Some of the drinks featured in Cocktails on Tap include Mai Ta-IPA that is said to put a hoppy twist on the favorite tiki cocktail with the addition of an India Pale Ale. The Green Devil boosts the powerful Belgian beer Duvel with juniper-forward London Dry gin and a rinse of aromatic absinthe. These two are only a start of what is featured in the book. Beers that are an integral part of the recipes range from crisp lagers, pale ales, stouts and to sour Belgian-style ales are all highlighted to help guide the reader into the perfect beer cocktail.

Some of the praise for Cocktails on Tap includes the following:

“Jacob Grier is a masterful guide through the wickedly creative terrain of beer cocktails, offering not just delightful recipes, but history and cultural commentary, too. Connoisseurs and neophytes alike will find much to savor, and the latter will appreciate Jacob’s tutelage in cocktail basics. Grab a copy and start mixing!” – Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

“Jacob Grier was at the forefront of the beer cocktail renaissance before many of us had ever contemplated the idea of a beer cocktail. His vast knowledge of beer and passionate dedication to this area of mixology is certain to push the craft of cocktails forward in a positive new direction.” – Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book

Tonight’s celebration will feature a traveling book event that will visit two of Grier’s favorite places in Portland, Powell’s City of Books and The Multnomah Whiskey Library.

Powell’s City of Books – 7:30pm
Join Grier at Portland’s iconic bookstore and be one of the first to grab a signed hardcover edition of Cocktails on Tap.

The Multnomah Whiskey Library – 9:00pm
You can’t have a cocktail book release without cocktails. After the signing, Grier and his entourage will walk over to nearby Multnomah Whiskey Library, where they’re generously opening the doors and offering a special menu of beer cocktails.

If you cannot make it out tonight, you can order Cocktails on Tap online from Powell’s by clicking here.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR

The Multnomah Whiskey Library
1124 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR

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Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer – Book Release

Cocktails on Tap The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Jacob Grier

Local writer, bartender, and magician, Jacob Grier, will release his first full-length book this evening at Powell’s City of Books. Grier’s book featuring beer cocktails, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, will hit bookstore shelves today, March 23rd.

Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer is published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, which features an introduction form the well-respected Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont. Food photographer David L. Reamer captured the books photography.

Cocktails on Tap features more than 50 recipes for drinks using beer as its focal point ingredient. Grier developed and perfected these recipes from the bar programs that he led here in Portland at The Carlyle, Metrovino, and The Hop and Vine. He also co-founded the events group Brewing Up Cocktails, founded the annual Aquavit Week celebration, and worked with several prominent spirits brands.Jacob Grier

Some of the drinks featured in Cocktails on Tap include Mai Ta-IPA that is said to put a hoppy twist on the favorite tiki cocktail with the addition of an India Pale Ale. The Green Devil boosts the powerful Belgian beer Duvel with juniper-forward London Dry gin and a rinse of aromatic absinthe. These two are only a start of what is featured in the book. Beers that are an integral part of the recipes range from crisp lagers, pale ales, stouts and to sour Belgian-style ales are all highlighted to help guide the reader into the perfect beer cocktail.

Some of the praise for Cocktails on Tap includes the following:

“Jacob Grier is a masterful guide through the wickedly creative terrain of beer cocktails, offering not just delightful recipes, but history and cultural commentary, too. Connoisseurs and neophytes alike will find much to savor, and the latter will appreciate Jacob’s tutelage in cocktail basics. Grab a copy and start mixing!” – Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

“Jacob Grier was at the forefront of the beer cocktail renaissance before many of us had ever contemplated the idea of a beer cocktail. His vast knowledge of beer and passionate dedication to this area of mixology is certain to push the craft of cocktails forward in a positive new direction.” – Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book

Tonight’s celebration will feature a traveling book event that will visit two of Grier’s favorite places in Portland, Powell’s City of Books and The Multnomah Whiskey Library.

Powell’s City of Books – 7:30pm
Join Grier at Portland’s iconic bookstore and be one of the first to grab a signed hardcover edition of Cocktails on Tap.

The Multnomah Whiskey Library – 9:00pm
You can’t have a cocktail book release without cocktails. After the signing, Grier and his entourage will walk over to nearby Multnomah Whiskey Library, where they’re generously opening the doors and offering a special menu of beer cocktails.

If you cannot make it out tonight, you can order Cocktails on Tap online from Powell’s by clicking here.

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR

The Multnomah Whiskey Library
1124 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR

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Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer – Book Release

Cocktails on Tap The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer by Jacob Grier

Local writer, bartender, and magician, Jacob Grier, will release his first full-length book this evening at Powell’s City of Books. Grier’s book featuring beer cocktails, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, will hit bookstore shelves today, March 23rd.

Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer is published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, which features an introduction form the well-respected Canadian beer writer Stephen Beaumont. Food photographer David L. Reamer captured the books photography.

Cocktails on Tap features more than 50 recipes for drinks using beer as its focal point ingredient. Grier developed and perfected these recipes from the bar programs that he led here in Portland at The Carlyle, Metrovino, and The Hop and Vine. He also co-founded the events group Brewing Up Cocktails, founded the annual Aquavit Week celebration, and worked with several prominent spirits brands.Jacob Grier

Some of the drinks featured in Cocktails on Tap include Mai Ta-IPA that is said to put a hoppy twist on the favorite tiki cocktail with the addition of an India Pale Ale. The Green Devil boosts the powerful Belgian beer Duvel with juniper-forward London Dry gin and a rinse of aromatic absinthe. These two are only a start of what is featured in the book. Beers that are an integral part of the recipes range from crisp lagers, pale ales, stouts and to sour Belgian-style ales are all highlighted to help guide the reader into the perfect beer cocktail. Read More…

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12 Bottle Bar: Meet the Authors

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Portland, OR – Ever thought about building your own home bar, but didn’t know where to start? The authors of the 12 Bottle Bar will be visiting Powell’s Bookstore on Hawthorne and Bazi Bierbrasserie on Thursday, September 18th starting at 7:30 PM.

Pick up your copy of the 12 Bottle Bar at Powell’s Bookstore on Hawthorne (SE 37th Ave – available now), meet the authors David and Lesley for a book signing on Thursday, September 18th at 7:30 PM. Afterwards head over to Bazi Bierbrasserie (32ndAve & Hawthorne) at 9 PM where host bartender Jacob Grier and El Dorado Rum brand ambassador will be highlighting some of our favorite cocktails from the book.

The 12 Bottle Bar begins with one irresistible idea—you need only twelve bottles—and shows how, with this versatile but select liquor pantry, anyone can make over 200 delicious, classic, budget-friendly mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, the perfect Mint Julep, and more.

Developed by two passionate cocktail lovers and written in a smart, compelling voice, The 12 Bottle Bar is a tool kit, a recipe guide, a secret arsenal—all in one.

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12 Bottle Bar Book: Meet the Authors

12bottlebar

Portland, OR – Ever thought about building your own home bar, but didn’t know where to start? The authors of the 12 Bottle Bar will be visiting Powell’s Bookstore on Hawthorne and Bazi Bierbrasserie on Thursday, September 18th starting at 7:30 PM. Read More…

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Upright & Stillwater Kopstootje Night @ Roscoe’s

Bartender at Circa 33 serves Bol Genever Dutch gin with Upright Kopstootje backRoscoe’s will be celebrating the Dutch tradition of “Kopstootje” on Friday June 1st at 6PM. Kopstootje is the directly translated as ‘little head butt’.  It is the century old Dutch tradition of a shot and a beer. The traditional liquor is ‘Genever’, an herbal liquor made by Lucas Bols.  Upright brewing and Stillwater Ales have both created beers to be paired with Genever.  This years version of Upright ‘Kopstootje’ and Stillwater ‘Kopstootje’ will both be featured on tap at the event.  Alex Ganum of Upright brewing and Jacob Grier of Lucas Bols will be in attendance to answer questions about the beers and liquor. We will also be featuring other beers from both brewers including the new ‘Supercool IPA’ from Upright.

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This post was written by admin on May 29, 2012

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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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Kopstootje! @ The Hop & Vine

Upright Brewing & Bol’s Genever Ambassador Jacob Grier have done it again. Kopstootje is a Biére de Garde that has been made with the same herbs & botanicals as Bol’s Genever & we will be pairing the bier & Genever together Friday the 13th for an Awesome deal of 8 bucks! Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing & Jacob will be on hand for some conversation & toasting.

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This post was written by admin on January 3, 2012

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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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