Autumn Leaves at Clyde Common
Clyde Common: 1014 SW Stark Street, Portland OR 97217; clydecommon.com
Tasters at Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Cascade Brewing Barrel House: 939 SE Belmont, Portland OR 97214; cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com
Cocktails at the Teardrop Lounge
Another Time, Another Place: ($9) a gorgeous combination of Ransom Spirits' Whippersnapper whiskey, Aperol, Nardini Amaro, black peppercorns, orange and mole bitters, and maple syrup. The maple brought out the vanilla and oak flavors of the whiskey without pushing it too far into sweetness. Fantastic.
Hot Buttered Rum with Foie Butter ($14) combines Ron Abuelo rum, house foie butter, hot apple cider. Hard to resist something so decadent, and this one was out-of-control. Rich, sweet, with a whiff of caramel apple and a delicate musk. This is a drink more suitable for fuzzy slippers and warm robes than going-out-clothes.
Teardrop Lounge: 1015 NW Everett Street, Portland OR 97209; teardroplounge.com
St Elizabeth Sour and The Villager at Park Kitchen
We also tried a Villager, made with Jim Beam Rye, bitters, lime, and smoked Dr. Pepper. Robinson gets Dr. Pepper syrup, which the kitchen smokes over hazelnut shells for half an hour. The drink is sweet and bubbly up front, with delicate smoky richness on the finish. Drinks were $5 each since it was happy hour—a ridiculously good deal.
Park Kitchen: 422 NW 8th Avenue, Portland OR 97209; parkkitchen.com
Taster Tray at Deschutes Brewpub
Chocolate lovers will enjoy the super-potent Black Butte Porter XXII, a bourbony imperial porter made with chocolate and cocoa, Seville orange zest, and pasilla negra chile peppers. It's an aggressively roasty beer with lovely chocolate and fruity espresso notes.
Deschutes Brewpub: 210 NW 11th Avenue, Portland OR 97209; deschutesbrewery.com
The Wild At Heart at June
June: 2215 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
Macchiato at Spella Caffe
Spella Caffe: 520 SW 5th Avenue, Portland OR 97204; spellacaffe.com