Breweries, wineries, distilleries; Portland, Oregon has them all. Its craft beverage scene is the envy of cities around the nation. But sake? Yep: I visited SakéOne in Forest Grove to view the sake-brewing process firsthand and learn what distinguishes Oregon sake from Japanese.
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There's a reason beer lovers call Portland 'Beervana,' and it's not just the 52 (and counting) local breweries supplying the city's tap houses. Portland happens to be home to some of the most noteworthy beer bottle shops in the country. These are our picks for the very best of them.
Portland has plenty of great dives, complete with scruffy regulars, weird decor, cheap drinks, pinball, and drunken grandmas dancing at noon. Here are our 8 favorites.
Portland is arguably one of good coffee's best towns. Here's our guide to a few of the best cafes to visit.
The brightness of Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc means it goes well alongside shellfish, or grilled swordfish, but the rich flavors mean it's great with egg dishes and pasta with a little lemon or grated parmesan.
For today's edition of Where Bartenders Drink, we hit up pros in Portland, Oregon. We asked them to recommend the best cocktail bars, spots for wine and beer, as well as their favorite Portland dive bars.
Double Dragon got its start as a banh mi shop, but it's since grown into a full-fledged restaurant with a revamped food and cocktail menu. Here's a peek at the drinks from Nick Ramsdell, formerly of Yakuza.
At Sweedeedee, a newish brunch spot in North Portland, you'll find tradition and the unexpected coexisting harmoniously. Order the hangover-busting corncakes and a slice of honey pie.
With summer just around the corner, and even a few sunny days under our belts, it's finally time to shed our heavy winter oatmeal breakfasts and hot soup lunches in favor of lighter, brighter ones. Like, say, big, colorful fruit and vegetable-packed smoothies. Whether you're seeking breakfast-on-the-go or an after-school snack, these 6 smoothies are the best Portland has to offer.
"Tommy Klus is a walking encyclopedia of full of cocktail and spirits knowledge," says bartender Will Ray of Portland's recently-opened Fish Sauce. "When I met him, I felt like a newborn baby, even with six years of experience." The two first met when Ray was apprenticing at KASK and they're now shaking up American classic cocktails with a hint of Asian influence at the new Northwest Portland Vietnamese restaurant. "Tommy wanted the drinks to be refreshing and light—they should complement the complex flavors found in Vietnamese cuisine," says Ray.
For a slow day at the office made even slower as a result of hitting the sauce a little fervently the night before (hey, no one's judging anyone here), a hearty bite of Tex-Mex is just what the doctor ordered. And it's what you'll order, too, if you find yourself in a similar predicament and manage to make your way to the doors of Trigger, the newest place in Portland to procure that soul-pleasing marriage of Texas and Mexican comfort food.
When most people think tiki, they probably don't think of grey and rainy Portland, OR. But they should! Tiki is, at its core, escapist. It's also retro and surreal-bordering-on-strange. Portland folks need a little escape, and they welcome with open arms all things vintage and especially all things peculiar. And now, young champions of all things mai tai have brought together craft cocktail methods and the dreamlike world of the tiki bar, most successfully at southeast Portland cocktail paradise, the Rum Club, and northeast's totally-tiki Hale Pele.
Opening a brewery in Oregon seems like a proverbial bringing-sand-to-the-desert gambit. However, Oregonians' thirst for quality beer seems to know no bounds, and thriving new breweries spring up every year. Here are three born less than two years ago they're buzzing about in Portlandia and beyond.
"You get the best service when you sit at a bar," says chef Anthony Cafiera (formerly of Tabla) of the philosophy behind the open-kitchen/laboratory of his soon-to-open modernist Spanish restaurant, Racion, located in downtown Portland, Oregon. The cocktail program will include 6 rotating variations on classic cocktails, including a house margarita made with chorizo-infused tequila. Future plans include Chartreuse pearls destined for a boba tea-inspired cocktail and barrel-aged Campari.
Portland's an excellent town for cocktails, and these 5 picks for romantic drinks are all conveniently located near at least one great restaurant. If all goes well, you and your date can move the party from the bar to the dinner table.
Something about the combination of lard and fiery spices makes for an ideal opponent against a throbbing cabeza, and few places in Portland get the job done quite as well (or as cheaply) as Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon's, which offers some of the best guisados in the city.
Harvester Brewing, which brewed its first batch in November 2011, focuses exclusively on gluten-free beers, all using roasted chestnuts in addition to frequently-seen GF beer ingredients like sorghum. We tried their pale ale, dark ale, and red ale.
Even the richest rosé will offer freshness and light to cut through the heavy meal.
When Jamal Hassan of Ox Restaurant was approached by Ken Gordon of Kenny & Zukes Delicatessen to help run the bar program at the new Kenny & Zukes Deli Bar, he jumped at the opportunity. The goal was to create playful cocktails that would be suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
After a night of throwing caution to the wind, why not do the same the next morning by heading to egg-centric food cart Yolk and ordering the chef's-choice, anything-goes, never-the-same-thing-twice breakfast sandwich, the Happy Accidents? Picky eaters, vegetarians, and those with dietary restrictions need not apply.