Five Great Places to Get Pie-Eyed in PDX

For craft beer consumers, Portland, Oregon, might just be mecca. Dozens of breweries and brewpubs dot the city, serving up suds as inventive as they're flavorful. Picking a favorite place to drink is as tough as my parents picking their favorite kid. (Hey, Mom and Dad, it's me, right?) But for Food Republic, I penned a piece highlighting my five favorite spots from a recent trip to the Rose City. I loved the sour beers at Cascade Barrel House, the hoppy ales from Hopworks, the farmhouse-style brews from Upright and the, uh, offerings at Mary's Club. Curious? Check out the full article at Food Republic. Drink it up!

10 Great Brews, in Cans. No Kidding

Photo: Mike Davis

For the latest issue of MIX, the food and drink magazine of the Oregonian, the editors asked me turn my jaundiced liver to the best canned beers available in the Pacific Northwest. In the course of my, err, research (heavens, I never tire of that joke) I found numerous worthy beers, and many standouts. Seriously, the Fort George Vortex IPA and 1811 Lager are two of my favorite beer find of 2011 so far. To read about them, as well as the New Belgium Ranger IPA and Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema, check out my article over at MIX. Drink it up!

Exotic New Hop Varieties Infuse Local Beers

Photo: Ross William Hamilton

This month, I started contributing to The Oregonian's food and drink magazine, MIX. It's great to be ale  focus on the craft beer goodness of the Pacific Northwest, which is about as close to heaven as a hop head can get. For my inaugural piece, I touched on the quirky, flavorful contributions of a couple new breeds of hops: Nelson Sauvin and Citra. New Zealand's Nelson has a lovely white wine–like character, while Citra smells strongly of mango, papaya—the tropics, if you may. Curious about this new breed of IPAs? Check out my full story over at MIX. Drink it up!