Fort George Next Adventure Black IPA
The new collaboration between Fort George Brewery and outdoor gear store Next Adventure is an IPA for cooler weather. Roasted maltiness forces the hops to play second fiddle. The result is creamy, warm, and definitely something you want to drink by a fire after a day on the ski hill.
Barrel-aged negronis are nothing new—certainly not to Jeffrey Morganthaler, who kicked off the trend in the U.S. about four years ago at Portland’s Clyde Common. What is new is getting a year’s worth of aging into the cocktail overnight. Morganthaler showed the Aged and Infused tasting panel how to do so by pressure-infusing the cocktail in an iSi whipper with Jack Daniel’s wood smoking chips.
Douglas Derrick’s Limoncello
Derrick, bartender at Nostrana, demonstrated the unusual technique he is honing for making limoncello. By hovering whole lemons over the alcohol in a closed container, the vapor extracts only the essential oils from the fruit, resulting in the most gentle, bright limoncello. Despite starting with high-proof grain alcohol, the end result is exceedingly smooth, drawing only the sweetness from the lemons, and leaving behind both the bitterness of the fruit and the harshness of the spirit.
Hey, Honey Punch
On first sip, this punch from Brandon Wise (Imperial, Penny Diner) seemed somewhat dull, perhaps incomplete. Turns out, it was specially designed to go with what the server called a “Champagne bomb,” also known as a Szechuan button, a taste-bud stupefying, buzz-inducing flower, which had a few added side effects: almost drooling on one’s self, and turning the punch of Dewar’s Highlander Honey Whisky, Martini & Rossi Bianco Vermouth, Steven Smith Teamaker Scotch Tea, lemon juice, Angostura bitters, and simple syrup into a brilliant blast of a beverage.
Alcoholic Otter Pops
Irving St. Kitchen had a little fun with dessert, offering up boozy versions of nostalgic treats. The Old Tom and Fernet sweet tea one turned tongues blue, just as the original blue version did, while the red kept things bright and bold with a frozen interpretation of a bourbon and huckleberry rickey.
Stumptown Thai Iced Coffee Cold Brew
The addition of the condensed milk to Stumptown Cold Brew combats the little bit of bitterness in the coffee, and complements the chocolate-y finish.
La Poire Shandy
Jabriel Donohue of Portland's Punch Bowl Social put together this one-two punch of pear flavor from Grey Goose La Poire Vodka and the Widmer Krystal Pear beer. They combined to deliver a strong pear flavor, rounded out with Angostura bitters, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
Hawks View 2012 White Pinot Noir
You may have tried Blancs de Noirs Champagne...but have you ever tried a still White Pinot Noir? This quirky wine is heavy, with much of the depth of a red, but lighter stone-fruit undertones make it a unique drinking experience.
Hood River Iced Tea
Despite a long list of ingredients, this green tea-based cocktail from the Steven Smith Teamaker team was perfectly smooth, balanced, and uncomplicated, making it the perfect foil for the high-octane flash and flavor of the Night Market. Steven Smith Teamaker’s Fez Green Tea is the base, with Clear Creak’s pear brandy, pear liqueur, and Douglas Fir eau de vie as the spirits, finished off with lemon juice, simple syrup, and spearmint leaves.
Archery Summit 2012 Archer’s Edge Estate Pinot Noir
In a tasting of past, present, and future Archery Summit pinots, a sample of the not-yet-released 2012 piqued our interest. A deep streak of dark berry rolls roundly across the tongue.