Chef Vitaly Paley has begun his Portland expansion, teaming up with Chef Ben Bettinger, formerly of Beaker and Flask to open Imperial in the heart of downtown Portland. Former Beaker and Flask presiding barman Brandon Wise is in charge of the restaurant's bar program.
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The large wood storage shed next to the much-buzzed-about Argentinian-inspired Ox Restaurant on Portland's NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was originally meant to be a private dining room. Halfway through construction, Ox's owners changed course and decided to use it as a casual drinking space for sipping cocktails while you wait (and wait) for your table to be ready next door.
"I've always been inspired by chefs," says Lia Termini, head bartender at Tabla in the inner-NE quadrant of Portland, OR. "I've always been interested in the different techniques they use to extract, preserve, intensify, and create new flavors." Termini has adopted many culinary techniques and brought them behind the bar at Tabla.
You may have heard of oyster stout, but do you know anyone brewing other beers with the liquor from oysters? Jason McAdam of Burnside Brewing Company recently released an oyster-enhanced strong ale. We caught up with him to get the whole story on his Neptune's Wrath and the brewery in general.
It's fun to do a whirlwind tour of Portland, Oregon's cocktail bars: Puddletown's bartenders are always whipping up something unusual and delicious to try. On a recent trip, I enjoyed cocktails at the Rum Club, Kask, Clyde Common, Beaker & Flask, and The Bent Brick. Here are the six best drinks I sampled.
Portland Cocktail week is rapidly approaching. If you've glanced at the schedule on the PDXCW homepage you know just how many great looking tours, seminars, and parties are taking place. As much as I would l love to go to every event, I must be realistic, I still have my job—as well as my liver—to worry about. So where will I be sipping? Here's the game plan.
Alex Ganum, an emerging artisan brewer with a cult-like following, crafts farmhouse inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with a local ingredients and a Pacific Northwest twist. The owner and head brewer for the two-year old Upright Brewing spends his days surrounded by open fermenters and old wine barrels, brewing, bottling and blueprinting his next old-world meets new-world thirst quenching blend.
I think of Portland, Oregon as Beervana—and it is—but freshly brewed ale isn't the only impressive thing on the PDX beverage scene. Last week I sipped my way around Puddletown, sampling creative cocktails, micro-roasted coffee, and yes, a few excellent beers. See the most delicious drinks we tried in this slideshow.