7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache!

 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache!

I love Reverend Nat’s Tepache!

Every year on May 5th AKA Cinco de Mayo Reverend Nat’s release bottles of this wonderful pineapple “cider.”

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

What is Tepache 

If you don’t know what Tepache is – see this Great Food Great Stories article – What is Tepachewww.greatfoodgreatstories.com/what-is-tepache

I always make sure get myself a few bottles and I have a blast mixing it with all kind of other beverages!

This year I was lucky enough to get a pre-release bottle of 2018 Reverend Nat’s Tepache and I had a lot of fun with it this year!

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Here are 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache!

See below for photos

#1 Straight. Just drink it straight. That’s allowed.

#2 Mix if with a beer. I love Tepache mixed with Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen.

#3 Mix it with Tequila. I love Tepache Mixed with Patron.

#4 Mix it with sparkling wine and make a Tepache Mimosa!

#5 Mix it with Rum. This year I mixed mine with Casa Magdalena Rum from House Spirits Distillery, and a little lime juice.

#6 Mix it with POG!

#7 Mix it with Rum, POG and Lime Juice! Goodness this was amazing!

Lastly, here is a bonus 8th way you can enjoy Tepache –

Nat West the Founder of Reverend Nat’s’ loves to make himself a Tepache Float with Tepache and Vanilla Ice Cream!

I encourage you to seek out some Tepache for yourself and see what fun ways you can enjoy it!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

 

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7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache! Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

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What is Tepache?

What is Tepache? Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

What is Tepache?

Tepache is a traditional fermented Mexican beverage that is generally made from the rind and the peel of pineapples. Tepache is often mixed with beer.

I first encountered Tepache while working on my second book – Portland Beer Stories (FYI – You rad the Reverend Nast’s story in that book)

What is Tepache? Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider is a Portland based cider company that makes a fantastic Tepache.  FYI – You read the Reverend Nat’s  Hard Cider story in their Portland Beer Stories chapter.

The Tepache that Reverend Nat makes is composed exclusively of pineapples sourced from his second cousin’s plantation in Costa Rica, piloncillo (a brown “sugar”) from the Mexican state of Michoacan, and a selection of spices.

Every year on May 5 AKA Cinco de Mayo Reverend Nat’s release bottles of this wonderful pineapple “cider.”

I always make sure get myself a few bottles and I have a blast mixing it with all kind of other beverages!

This year I was lucky enough to get a pre-release bottle of 2018 Reverend Nat’s Tepache!

What is Tepache? Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

See my Great Food Great Stories article – 7 Fantastic Ways You Can Enjoy Reverend Nat’s Tepache to see what I did with Tepache this year – www.greatfoodgreatstories.com/7-fantastic-ways-you-can-enjoy-reverend-nats-tepache

Why Does Reverend Nat’s Make Tepache?

 Here in Reverend Nat’s own words in his Tepache story –

“During a holiday in Veracruz I had a chance meeting with a peddler hawking Traditional Tepache out of a push-cart. A few pesos poorer and I was on Cloud Nine. ‘I unquestionably must have that recipe!’ I shouted. My Spanish is dreadful and his English was no better but over a few minutes of pictographic correspondence, I felt sanguine in my capacity to recreate that sumptuous drink upon my return to Portland.”

I encourage you to seek out some Tepache for yourself!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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Crazy DEEP FRIED Culinary Combinations That Work – Corndogs and Hash Browns, Mozzarella and Cinnamon & Sugar!

Crazy DEEP FRIED Culinary Combinations That Work – Corndogs and Hash Browns, Mozzarella and Cinnamon & Sugar! FOMO Chicken Food Cart Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

Crazy DEEP FRIED Culinary Combinations That Work – Corndogs and Hash Browns, Mozzarella and Cinnamon & Sugar! FOMO Chicken Food Cart Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

Crazy DEEP FRIED Culinary Combinations That Work – Corndogs and Hash Browns, Mozzarella and Cinnamon & Sugar!

Earlier today, I had a meeting at Guero No. 1 Tortas and since it was sunny and warm I decided to walk down to Coalition Brewing and enjoy a beer on their new delightful deck while I did some work.

When it was time for me to head home, I put my bag in the trunk of my car and as I reached for my car door, it occurred to me that I should walk over to Pod 28 and see what was new at that Portland Food Cart Pod.

I am soooo glad I did that!

When I got to Pod 28 I found that the FOMO Chicken Food Cart was serving two amazing specials!

I will let Chef Sun Kim the Founder of FOMO tell you tell all about them in these two short videos —

DEEP FRIED Hash Brown Corn Dogs!

 

DEEP FRIED Cinnamon Sugar Mozzarella Sticks!

They Really Do Taste Good!

I know what you are thinking and trust me – both of these culinary gems taste great! I highly encourage you to go to to FOMO and enjoy these specials while you still can!

This is a time that your really should have Fear Of Missing Out!

Where

The FOMO Food Cart is located at Pod 28.

Pod 28 is the Food Cart Pod located at 28th and Ankeny, just off of 28th and Burnside.

This Food Cart Pod has covered seating and it is home to the Captured Beer Bus Food Cart which always has a great selection of craft beer.

For more information about the FOMO Chicken Food Cart see this Great Food Great Stories here – www.greatfoodgreatstories.com/the-fomo-chicken-food-cart.

Below you will find a few more photos from my visit to FOMO today!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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Crazy DEEP FRIED Culinary Combinations That Work – Corndogs and Hash Browns, Mozzarella and Cinnamon & Sugar! FOMO Chicken Food Cart Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

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Crazy DEEP FRIED Culinary Combinations That Work – Corndogs and Hash Browns, Mozzarella and Cinnamon & Sugar! FOMO Chicken Food Cart Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

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The FOMO Chicken Food Cart!

 

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The FOMO Chicken Food Cart!

Sun Kim opened the FOMO Food Cart May 2017 and my first visit to this great Portland Food Cart was that very same month!

The Fomo Food Cart specializes in Korean style fried chicken.

I have not yet been to Korea, however if the fried chicken there, tastes anything like the magnificent friend chicken that Sun is serving at FOMO,  I cannot wait to get there!

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The FOMO Menu

At FOMO you can get four different fried chicken bowls – Spicy Korean, Sweet Soy Garlic, Chicken Katsu & Turmeric Curry, and Southern Fried Chicken.

The first three bowls come with rice, and the fourth one comes with mashed potatoes that will make your southern Grandma want to steal the recipe.

I have to say – the fried pickles that come with each bowl are stupendous!  I still want Sun to add those to the “A La Cart” (side dish) portion of his menu.

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Where

The FOMO Food Cart is located at Pod 28.

Pod 28 is the Food Cart Pod located at 28th and Ankeny, just off of 28th and Burnside.

This Food Cart Pod has covered seating and it is home to the Captured Beer Bus Food Cart which always has a great selection of craft beer.

One Fun Note – Pod 28 is where two great Portland restaurants both got their start – Burrasca, and Guero No. 1 Tortas.

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Follow FOMO

Website – www.fomochicken.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/fomochicken

Instagram – www.instagram.com/fomochicken

Twitterwww.twitter.com/FOMOChicken

Below are some more photos of the wonderful food they have at FOMO.

Needless to say — I highly recommend that you GO To This Food Cart! 

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

 

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The FOMO Chicken Food Cart Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

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Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

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Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

 Four years ago in May of 2014, Marica and Justin opened the Paiku Food Cart with the hope of someday being able to make the leap to brick and mortar.

The last week of March 2018 Marica and Justin will be opening the Paiku Restaurant at 7425 N Leavitt Avenue Portland, Oregon 97203 in the St John’s neighborhood.

The Menu

While Paiku was a Food Cart the menu primarily featured fantastic pies, both savory pies and sweet pies.

Making the move to brick and mortar will allow Justin and Marica to have an expanded breakfast menu as well as add soups and sandwiches to the menu!

Breakfast

The expanded breakfast menu will feature a number of terrific hashs including a Bacon and Potato Hash made with Nueske’s bacon, a Wild Boar Chili Hash, a Vegan Hash and a Veggie Hash.

The breakfast menu will also include Biscuits and Gravy, and an Italian Omelette made with Olympia Provisions Sausage, Provolone, and Peppers.

Lunch Sandwiches

The lunch menu will include sandwiches such as a Venison Sandwich made slow simmered venison, cheese, and onions, a Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich, an Italian Sandwich made with Olympia Provisions soppressata, ham and cheese, a vegan sandwich, as well as veggie sandwich.

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Savory Pies

Some of the savory pies they will be serving include a Chicken Pot Pie, a Venison Shepherd’s Pie, and a Vegan Pot Pie, Macaroni and Cheese Pie, Pastrami and Swiss Pie, Corned Beef Pie and a Easter Pie – an Italian egg pie made with Olympia Provisions soppressata, Olympia Provisions ham, provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan, and hard-boiled eggs.

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

Sweet Pies

When it comes to sweet pies Paiku will be offering a number of seasonal pies including Apple Pie, Blueberry Ginger Pie, Marionberry Port Pie, Blackberry Cabernet Pie, and a Cranberry Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie,

They will also have a number of specialty sweet pies that will be available every so often on the menu including – a Mango Blackberry Pie made with candied ginger and coconut, Chocolate Walnut Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie, a variety of Cheesecake Pies including a Chocolate Cheesecake Pie, a Berry Cheesecake Pie, a Thai Iced Coffee Cheesecake Pie with a cardamom cream sauce.

Stay Tuned!

When the exact dates this week for Paiku’s First Day Open, and their forthcoming Grand Opening Celebration happening in April  are announced, I will update this article.

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

Paiku – From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar Restaurant – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 26

Marica and Justin were featured on Episode 26 of the Portland Culinary Podcast.

Here is a link – www.portlandculinarypodcast.com/paiku-from-food-cart-to-brick-and-mortar-restaurant-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-26

Or if you prefer you can listen here –

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

If you are look for Information about the Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview see this link here – www.stevenshomler.com/paiku-restaurant-friends-and-family-preview

 

Cheers!

Steven Shomler

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Brewstillery at StormBreaker Brewing – Beer ~ Spirits ~Jucy Lucy Burgers ~ and More!

Brewstillery at StormBreaker Brewing - Beer ~ Spirits ~Juicy Lucy Burgers ~ and More!

Brewstillery at StormBreaker Brewing - Beer ~ Spirits ~Juicy Lucy Burgers ~ and More!

Brewstillery at StormBreaker Brewing!

Beer ~ Spirits ~ Jucy Lucy Burgers ~ and More!

On Saturday Feb 24th, 2018 from Noon – 8 PM StormBreaker Brewing will be hosting  the 2018 edition of Brewstillery – Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival!

They will have 21 Breweries, 20 Distilleries, and one great burger!

This will be my 4th year attending this awesome Portland Beer Festival, and each year it just gets better!

Below, at the end of this article – I have advance photos of the program so you can read about each pairing and scope out the ones that you want to enjoy when you attend Brewstillery.

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Between the Brewstillery Media Preview I attended and the Portland Beer Podcast Brewstillery 2018 Preview I recorded, I have been lucky enough to enjoy quite a few of the Beer/Spirit Pairings they will be pouring this year.

Of the ones I have previewed – my very favorite 2018 Brewstillery pairing was the

Nocino Vlad – Cascade Brewing Orange Vlad + Stone Barn Brandyworks Nocino

I also really enjoyed these parings-

Gin Beast: Little Beast Brewing Bes Tart Wheat ale + Rose City Distilling Cricket Club Gin

Mesclando Sabores – Baerlic Brewing Oatmeal Stout + Engenho Buritide Minas Famosinhade Minas Cachaca

Noble’s big Triple – StormBreaker Brewing Barrel Aged Big Bottom Triple XL IIIPA + Big Bottom Distilling Bourbon Finished in Port Casks

To Peach Their Own: Ecliptic Brewing Carina peach sour ale + Townshend’s Distillery Bluebird Alpine Liqueur

Breakfast Time! Great Notion Brewing Double Stack Imperial Stout + Bull Run Distillery Oregon Single Malt Whiskey

Douglas Rain: Pelican Brewing Umbrella IPA + Clear Creek Distillery Douglas Fir Brandy

 

Brewstillery at StormBreaker Brewing - Beer ~ Spirits ~ Juicy Lucy Burgers ~ and More!

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The Jucy Lucy Burger!

They have a fantastic burger at Stormbreaker Brewing  — The Jucy Lucy!

This gem of a burger is inspired by the wonderful regional burger  you can get in the Twin Cities, is a fontina cheese stuffed burger  and it comes with bacon jam, iceberg lettuce, tomato and herb aioli.

My suggestion – go to Stormbreaker for Brewstillery  and have some off the Beer and Spirit pairings and then take a break and fuel up with the Jucy Lucy before going back for even more of the 2018 Brewstillery Beer and Spirit pairings!

Brewstillery at StormBreaker Brewing – Beer ~ Spirits ~Jucy Lucy Burgers ~ and More!

Tickets to the 2018 Brewstillery edition of Brewstillery

Advance Tickets will be on sale on the Stormbreaker website until Saturday 2/24/18 at 10 AM

Advance Regular Admission is $25. Includes festival beer tasting glass and 10 tickets.

Advance VIP tickets are $45. Includes festival whiskey snifter, festival beer tasting glass, 15 tickets, and early entry and mingle with makers such as Big Bottom, New Basin, Rose City Distilling, StormBreaker and more!

Use code “stormbreaker5” at checkout to save $5 off advance general admission tickets

Use code “brewstillery5OFF” at checkout to save $5 off of Advance VIP tickets

 

Link for Tickets

www.merctickets.com/events/50901994/4th-annual-brewstillery-festival

Music

Playing this year at Brewstillery 2018

Noon – 2:00 PM Ben Rice Band

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Folk Inception

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jumptown Aces

Breweries and Distillers

Here is the complete list of Breweries and Distillers participating in Brewstillery 2018

Baerlic Brewing / Engenho Buriti de Minas
Base Camp Brewing / Wild Roots
Breakside Brewing / House Spirits
Cascade Brewing / Stone Barn Brandyworks
Coalition Brewing / 4 Spirits Distillery
Coin Toss Brewing / Trail Distilling
Double Mountain Brewing / Hood River Distillers
Ecliptic Brewing / Townshend’s Distillery
Ex Novo Brewing / New Basin Distilling
Golden Valley / Stein Distillery
Great Notion Brewing / Bull Run Distillery
Hopworks / New Deal Distillery
Laurelwood Brewing / Camp 1805
Little Beast Brewing / Rose City Distilling
Lompoc Brewing / Rolling River Spirits
Migration Brewing / Hood River Distillers
Pelican Brewing / Clear Creek Distillery
Rogue Brewing / Rogue Distilling
Von Ebert Brewing / Eastside Distillery
Wild Ride Brewing / Bend Distillery
StormBreaker / Big Bottom Distilling

The 2018 Brewstillery Pairings

 

Brewstillery Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival 2018 Preview - Portland Beer Podcast Episode 58

Brewstillery Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival 2018 Preview - Portland Beer Podcast Episode 58

Brewstillery Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival 2018 Preview - Portland Beer Podcast Episode 58

Brewstillery Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival 2018 Preview - Portland Beer Podcast Episode 58

Brewstillery Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival 2018 Preview - Portland Beer Podcast Episode 58

 

Brewstillery Portland’s Beer and Spirits Pairing Festival 2018 Preview - Portland Beer Podcast Episode 58

Other 2018 Brewstillery Articles

Beer Musings PDXwww.bitteredunits.blogspot.com/breweries-20-distilleries.html

Brewpublic – brewpublic.com/beer-events/previewing-stormbreaker-brewwings-4th-annual-brewstillery-festival

Portland Beer Podcastwww.portlandbeerpodcast.com/brewstillery-portlands-beer-and-spirits-pairing-festival-2018-preview-portland-beer-podcast-episode-58

I will be at the 2018 edition of Brewstillery and I hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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The 2018 Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting 2018

The 2018 Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

The Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting is happening on Sunday Jan 21st from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Double Tree Hotel – 1000 Multnomah St, Portland, Oregon.

At the Grand Tasting attendees will have the opportunity to sample all the best Tempranillo from around the state – 24 different Oregon winemakers will be on hand pouring their Tempranillo.

The wine you enjoy will be accompanied by an array of sumptuous tapas and you will receive a logo souvenir wine glass.

Tickets are $75, however if you use code “Shomler15” at checkout you will be able to save $15.

For tickets go to www.oregontempranilloalliance.com/oregon-tempranillo-celebration-2018

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

The Tapas Menu Includes:

Grilled Baguette with Roasted Tomato & Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Cherry Smoked Beef with Sweet Onions & Pommery Mustard, Served on a Garlic Toast Point

Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roulade on Lavosh, Watercress & 25 year Balsamic

Pork Pot Stickers with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce

Smoked Chicken Tartlet with Rogue River

Bleu & Caramelized Onions

Farm Fresh Vegetable Display with Crisp Seasonal Vegetables, and a Green Chile Cilantro Dip

Mediterranean Display with Lemon Oregano Grilled Chicken, Roasted Mushrooms, Olives, Roasted Zucchini & Peppers, Pesto Roasted Prawns, Hummus, Cracked Pepper Crusted Pita Chips, and Warm Brie en croute

House Made Jam · Sliced Baguette · Crackers

Mini Eclairs

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

The Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting is an event put on by the Oregon Tempranillo Alliance and it is occurring at the end of the Oregon Tempranillo Celebration — a wine industry event happening here in Portland from Jan 19 – 21. For more information about this event go to www.oregontempranilloalliance.com

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 20

For more information about Oregon Tempranillo and about the Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting check out Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 20.

Here is a link – www.portlandculinarypodcast.com/oregon-tempranillo-celebration-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-20

In this episode of the Portland Culinary Podcast Host Steven Shomler visits with Julie Meyers with Clink Wine Events, Bill Holloran with Holloran Vineyard Wines, Patrick Reuter from Dominio IV Wines, and Jim Seufert with Seufert Winery.

I will be at the Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting and I hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting

 

 

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Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

I have been attending the Holiday Ale Festival since 2014 and it is one of my favorite Portland Beer Festivals!

We Drank ALL 55 Standard Beers!

Yesterday – Wednesday November 29, my good friend Don Scheidt and I drank ALL 55 of the standard beers being poured at the 2017 Holiday Ale Fest – www.holidayale.com/the-beers-standard-release.php

We also had a wonderful lunch, and enjoyed some terrific food!

If you would like to see listen to the Portland Beer Podcast episode that Don and previewing the 2017 Holiday Ale Festival see this link here – www.portlandbeerpodcast.com/holiday-ale-festival-2017-preview-portland-beer-podcast-episode-52

Ezra’s Best and Worst 2017 Holiday Ale Festival Beers

I always appreciate the recommendations of my friend Ezra Johnson-Greenough here is link to his 2017 Holiday Ale Festival best and worst beer – www.newschoolbeer.com/2017/11/best-worst-2017-holiday-ale-festival.html

Here are my recommendations for your visit to the 2017 Holiday Ale Festival!

Food!

Make sure to plan on having a meal or two while you are at the Holiday Ale Festival. They have some terrific options.

Urban German Grill
is always a great choice – I had their Schwienebrater (pork roast) and it was amazing as always!

 City Slickers PDX is new this year to the Holiday Ale Festival this year. I had their pulled pork nachos and they were fantastic!

Family Nut Tree Company is back again with their wonderful nuts! Yesterday Don and I had their sesame roasted trifecta – filberts, cashews, and peanuts – so good! However I do wish that they had used hazelnuts instead of filberts. I just like the taste of hazelnuts better. 😉

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Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!  Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!  Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

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Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations!

 

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations! Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations! Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

On to The Beer!

I love what I call “Christmas beers” – dark, rich, complex, high ABV beers. While there is plenty of beer like that available for you to enjoy, there is also a number of other great styles there as well including – bocks, IPAs, sours, and more!

My very favorite beer was the Eel River Brewing Co. Conspiracy of Ravens Chocolate Coconut Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal/Milk Stout.

Goodness that was an amazing beer! I predict that it will be one of the first standard beers to blow!

My second favorite beer was Don’s very favorite beer –  Golden Sour Ale aged in White Wine Barrels with Mulberries, Candied Ginger, Orange Peel, and Muscat Raisins. A stellar holiday sour beer!

Here listed in alphabetical order are the other beers/ciders/mead I recommend that you try while you are at the 2017 Holiday Ale Festival.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty Imperial Cider. A perfect holiday cider!

54°40′ Brewing Co. Restoration Bock Dopplebock. There are a couple of Bocks at the 2017 Holiday Ale festival and this is one of the good ones. Don said it was of a maibock, but he enjoyed it nonetheless.

Base Camp Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Imperial S’more Stout Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. I love the regular S’more Stout and have for many years. Getting to have a barreled aged version was awesome!

Bear Republic Brewing Co. Olive the Other Reindeer Dark Sour. A fun name and a great sour!

Drake’s Brewing Co. Vin-Drak       Wine Grape Fermented Imperial Stout. I do loved beer that have been aged in wine barrels. Perhaps Ezra should do a beer festival with that theme…

Fremont Brewing Winter Fuego Imperial Winter Ale. A lovely “Christmas beer”, if you like beer with cacao nibs – this one is for you.

Hopworks Urban Brewery Yule Only Live Once Imperial Dessert Beer. This beer is sweet as fuck. It really is a “dessert” beer and something to try, because well – YOLO!

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Gin Sally AKA Gin Barrel Aged Aunt Sally – a Barrel Aged Blend. I love gin, and if you love gin, get a taster pour of this beer! Please note – Don was not wrong when he said that this beer is a “over the top, gin bomb!”

Lompoc Brewing Top Shelf Dubbel, Old Sport Belgian Dubbel. If it raining while you are drinking this beer, look up through the see-through tent and imagine that you sitting in front a fireplace while a storm rages outside. Its that kind of a beer.

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Modern Times Beer Black House Vanilla Macadamia Nut Latte Oatmeal Coffee Stout with Vanilla and Macadamia Nuts. Wow! A complex beer that really delivers.

Montavilla Brew Works Severe Concussion IPA Triple IPA. If you like IPAs, get this beer!

Nectar Creek Top Bar Coffee Session Mead. Who would have thought the best coffee beer at the Holiday Ale Festival would be a mead.

pFriem Family Brewers Juicy Winter Ale Winter Ale. The best IPA at the 2017 Holiday Ale Festival.

Portland Cider Co. Cranberry Sauced Spiced Fruit Cider. I love cranberry in both beer and cider, and this cider nails it!

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Warm Abbey Spice with Cranberry Cider. A warm cider that is not to be missed!

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations! Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

StormBreaker Brewing Barrel Aged Kilt By Death Barrel Aged Scotch Ale. By the time we got this one, Don and I had sampled a number of beers in a row that were not to our liking. When he took a drink of this beer, he smiled broadly and said “actually this is really good” If you like Scotch Ales this one you need to try.

Three Mugs Brewing Co.  Mrs Claus’s Peppermint Desire White Chocolate Ale Blonde Ale with White Chocolate and Peppermint. OMFG. As Don succinctly described this “beer” – “It’s like drinking a God damn candy cane!” This “beer” is too crazy to pass up.

If you are with a group, only have once person get a taster and pass it around. Just a sip will be all you will need.

Wayfinder Beer Rotorvator Doppelbock     Doppelbock. The best Bock at the 2017 Holiday Ale Fest and a overall wonderful beer! This beer was named for the second album from the group Coil – Horse Rototvator 1986.

I hope to see you at the 2017 Holiday Ale Fest!

Cheers,

Steven

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations! Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

Holiday Ale Festival 20017 Recommendations! Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

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Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

The HR Group is offering a fantastic series for those who are work in Oregon craft beer – “Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshops are designed to promote, educate, and support the people and businesses in the Oregon Craft Beer industry.”

This series will have 10 sessions – one per month from Feb 2017 to Nov 2017.

2017 Dates for the Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

February 15, March 13,  April 17,  May 16, June 5,  July 10, August 15, September 12,  October 16, and November 15.

Who Should Attend

I attended session one – which took place Feb 15th and it was fantastic. I would say that if you are part of a Portland area start up or business in any industry you would do well to attend this event. Then content presented at this first session was very helpful and would apply to any business or start up.

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March 13th, 2017 — Standing Out from the Crowd: Strategies for Building and Maintaining Great Wholesale Relationships

The next Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop is happening March 13th from 2 PM – 4 PM at Base Camp Brewing 930 SE Oak St, Portland, Oregon 97214.

See this link for tickets — www.merctickets.com/events/41520473/standing-out-from-the-crowd-strategies-for-building-and-maintaining-great-wholesale-relationships

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This workshop titled – Standing Out from the Crowd: Strategies for Building and Maintaining Great Wholesale Relationships will be taught by Dr. Sam Holloway, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at University of Portland, and President of Craftingastrategy.com.

“The craft beer consumer is increasingly promiscuous, which places an increased burden on your wholesale partners to consistently offer new and exciting brands and styles. How can you be sure your products are featured and promoted over the long run?

Dr. Sam Holloway, will discuss the wholesaler’s viewpoint, supplier strategies and tactics, and help ensure your brewery’s product capture and hold attention throughout the distribution chain.”

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February 15th, 2017 — Developing Healthy Brewery Culture Through Effective Leadership.

The first Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop took place at Alameda Brewing on Feb 15th, 2017. The presenters that day were Ben Edmunds Founding Brewmaster Breakside Brewery and Nicole Kasten Founder of Beer Connections.

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Nicole Kasten 8 Things Brewers Need to Know – Portland Beer Podcast Episode 16

Speaking of Nicole Kasten, last fall I had her on the Portland Beer Podcast and she taught about 8 Things that Brewers Need to Know.

Here is a link to that episode – www.portlandbeerpodcast.com/2016/12/14/nicole-kasten-8-things-brewers-need-to-know-portland-beer-podcast-episode-16

“Whether you own a brewery, are part of a brewery, want to someday own a brewery, or are part of a startup that has nothing to do with the beer business, you will find this podcast to be helpful, informative, and entertaining”

Photos From the First Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop –Developing Brewery Culture Through Effective Leadership

Below are a few photos I took at the first Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop — Healthy Brewery Culture Through Effective Leadership.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

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Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night at Solae’s Lounge

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Saturday evening March 25th from 8 PM – Midnight a very special event is happening at Solae’s Lounge — Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night.

Solae’s Lounge is located at 1801 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211.

Below is the story of how this event came to be and how to be and the details on the three awesome Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktails that will be served that night — the Shark Fin, Pirate Booty, and the Sour Tortola.

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If you are going to Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night at Solae’s Lounge you can let us know here via this Facebook event – www.facebook.com/events/1175170619248158. We want to make sure that Alan makes enough Kool-Aid Pickles! 😉

 

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Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Social

Last September I did my first cocktail event — Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Social and doing that was so much fun!

Since then I have been on the lookout to do another one.

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Food Carts, Radio, and Synchronicity

On Sunday Dec 11th I went to Hana’s PDX Food Cart for the first time ever. I got a great cup of chili because they were sold out of the jambalaya. I saw on the menu something called a Kool-Aid Pickle. I had never of heard this before and I ordered one from Alan Bell, the owner of Hana’s PDX.

Alan explained to me that he take a regular pickle and marinates it in Kool-Aid and that doing so gives it three progressive layers of flavor when you bite into it — pickle, Kool-Aid, and pickle. As Alan told me all about the Kool-Aid Pickle I looked at him like he had lost his damn mind.

I bit into my Kool-Aid pickle and he was completely right – I tasted pickle, Kool-Aid, and pickle. As soon and took my bite I said, out loud — “I want this in a cocktail.” Alan then looked at me like I had lost my damn mind.

As fate would have it I was headed to see a friend and I took half of my pickle to show them and to share it with them. Leaving out my cocktail ideas, I explained the glorious insanity that is a Kool-Aid pickle and they took a bite.

The first they said after taking that bite was  – and I quote – “I want this in a cocktail.” BAM! Right then I knew that I would be a Kool-Aid Cocktail event!  But where????

I host an FM radio show — Tasty Tuesday 99.1 FM Portland Radio Project. Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM I have a Food Cart guest live and in studio. On Saturday  Dec 10th, the guest scheduled for Tuesday Dec 13th had canceled, and once I had tasted Alan’s food on Sunday the 11th, I  asked him if he wanted to come on the air on Tuesday and he said “yes.”

Tuesday morning Dec 13th, Alan shows up for his radio appearance and he brings a friend with him. Once the on air interview was over I talked with Alan about a getting bunch of his Kool- Aid pickles for the Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail event I was going to do.

Alan was all for it and he asked me where I am going to do this event. I said that I did not know yet. It was then that the friend that Alan had brought with him —Lalu Mouton, spoke up and said “I am the General Manager of Solae’s Lounge and we can host that event there.” BAM! That is how my life works.

Synchronicity is real my friends. You head out toward what you want and then, once you have walked a ways down that path with determination, things will begin to come together for you. As Henry David Thoreau put it –“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams…” www.IfOneAdvances.com

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Three Awesome Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktails

Maharlika Erickson is a very good bartender and he has come up with three awesome cocktails, and each one has a Hana’s PDX Food Cart Kool-Aid pickle component.

The best way to enjoy a Kool-Aid Pickle is:

#1 Sip the cocktail and taste it

#2 Bite the Kool-Aid Pickle and taste it

#3 Take a second bite of the pickle and then immediately take a sip of the cocktail and notice how the Kool-Aid pickle enhances your drink.

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Shark Fin

The Shark Fin cocktail is a riff on a Chauncey a cocktail that was first written about in 1935 in the The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book.

This cocktail features Gin, Rye, Brandy, and a Cherry Kool-Aid Pickle.

 

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night at Solae’s Lounge

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

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Pirate Booty

This cocktail is a riff on A Rum Daisy and it features Cannon Beach Distillery Dorymen’s Rum, and a Tropical Punch Kool-Aid pickle.

 

Indio Spirits Vodka Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night at Solae’s Lounge

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Indio Spirits Vodka Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night at Solae’s Lounge

The Sour Tortola

This cocktail features Indio Spirits Vodka and a Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid pickle.

 

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Music

Saturday evening March 25th, The Flat Nines will be on stage at Solae’s and I cannot wait to hear them.

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If you are going to Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night at Solae’s Lounge you can let us know here via this Facebook event – www.facebook.com/events/1175170619248158. We want to make sure that Alan makes enough Kool-Aid Pickles! 😉

Solae’s Lounge is located at 1801 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211.

I hope to see you Saturday evening March 25th! this event is happening from 8 PM – Midnight. We are going to have a great time!

Below are a few more photos!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

I am Steven Shomler I write about the great food and the great stories that I come across on my culinary adventures!
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Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

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Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

Kool-Aid Pickle Cocktail Night Presented by Steven Shomler

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