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! 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!

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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.

Oregon Craft Beer Industry Workshop Series

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

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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.

 

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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

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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Portland Meet The Sushi Donut!

Portland Meet The Sushi Donut Great Food Great Stories Steven Shomler

Portland Meet The Sushi Donut!

February, 2016 Alex Naung, the Founder of Wasabi Sushi PDX was the first chef to bring the Sushi B-Ritto to the Portland area when he introduced it at his first food cart – Wasabi Sushi PDX At Happy Valley Station.

Today you can enjoy a Sushi B-Ritto at all three Wasabi Sushi PDX locations — The Wasabi Sushi PDX at Happy Valley Station Food Cart, The Wasabi Sushi PDX at Tidbit Food Cart, and Wasabi Sushi PDX at CARTlab.

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A year later Alex is bringing the Sushi Donut to Portland! Tomorrow, February 24, 2017 Alex will be unveiling the Sushi Donut at all three of his locations. I enjoyed a sushi donut this afternoon at CARTLab and it is a true culinary delight.

The initial sushi donut menu at Wasabi Sushi PDX will have three items —

#1 A Sushi Donut with Crab Salad Filling

#2 A Sushi Donut with Spicy Tuna Filling

#3 A Seared Salmon Sushi Donut with either Crab Salad Filling or Spicy Tuna Filling

I suggest you go to the Wasabi Sushi PDX location closest to you and get yourself a sushi donut ASAP.

By the way – in April Alex will be opening his 4th location in the Matterhorn Building at 940 SE Madison St, Portland, Oregon. I can’t wait to see what the menu there will have on it.

Here are a few photos of the sushi donut I devoured this afternoon. I took my sushi donut to Culmination Brewing and once the photos were taken I paired it with a pour of Culmination’s Amaterasu Yuzu Wit. Wow – every time I have sushi with that beer I am very happy man!

 

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Follow Wasabi Sushi 
Website – www.HappyPeopleEatSushi.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/WasabiSushiPDX

Instagram – www.instagram.com/wasabisushipdx

Twitter – www.twitter.com/wasabisushipdx
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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Toast – The Oregon Distillers Guild Tasting Festival Episode 10 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

 

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The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is now the Portland Culinary Podcast

Here is the link for Toast – The Oregon Distillers Guild Tasting Festival – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 10www.portlandculinarypodcast.com/toast-the-oregon-distillers-guild-tasting-festival-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-10

Toast – The Oregon Distillers Guild Tasting Festival Episode 10 Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

Episode 10 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode of the Great Food Great Podcast we are talking Toast  – The Oregon Distillers Guild Tasting Festival. Toast happens every February here in Portland, Oregon.

This episode begins with Ted Pappas with Big Bottom Distilling and your host Steven Shomler.

Steven and Ted talk about the Oregon Distillers Guild, the best way to enjoy Toast, and Big Bottom Distilling.

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Also joining Steven on this episode is Genevieve Brazelton with Improper Goods — RAFT Syrups & The Bitter Housewife, Michelle Vinn with Vinn Distillery, and Kyle Rourke and Tom Dunklin with The Waiting Room Restaurant

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is available on iTunes —https://itun.es/us/vqOneb.c

To listen to this episode see this SoundCloud link here – 


For more information about Toast or to purchase tickets see below or this link here – www.oregondistillerytrail.com

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is recorded at Culmination Brewing Company. Steven Shomler is the your host.

Many thanks to Ken Wilson the Media Maestro for his amazing engineering and editing!

 

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Toast Info

The 7th Annual TOAST presented by Bruni Glass is happening at Leftbank Annex from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on February 18!

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Distillers Guild is proud to bring TOAST back to Portland for the seventh year! The best small-batch, handcrafted spirits are on display as 40+ distillers from the Northwest and five of Portland’s top chefs delight your palate during this exciting tasting event. Participants can taste from more than 150 spirits. Some you may have heard of, some may be new but all are delicious. Spirits include whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, liqueur, grappa, brandy, absinthe, aquavit, starka, baiju, and more.

Regional Distillers

This year’s distillers includes 4 Spirits Distillery, Aria, Backdrop Distilling, Big Bottom Distilling, Bull Run Distilling Co., Clear Creek Distillery, Crater Lake Spirits, Crescendo Organic Spirits, Double Circle Spirits, Eastside Distilling, Elixir Craft Spirits, Flooded Fox Den Distillery, Heritage Distilling Co., Hood River Distillers, House Spirits Distillery, Indio Spirits, Intrepid Distilling, JVR Spirits, McMenamins, New Basin Distilling Co., New Deal Distillery, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Pilot House Distilling, Ransom Spirits, Rogue Spirits, Rolling River Spirits, Sinister Distilling Co., Stein Distillery, Stone Barn Brandyworks, Swallowtail Spirits, Thomas & Sons Distillery, Vinn Distillery, and The Walter Collective.

National Distillers

Drink Think – (representing Banhez Mezcal, Combier Orange Liqueur, Combier Pamplemouse, JR Ewing Bourbon, West Cork Irish Whiskey, Pogues Irish Whiskey, St. Elderflower Liqueur, Cold River Vodka, Cold River Gin,and Cold River Blueberry Vodka)

Non Distillers

Other vendors include Sage and Sea Farms (sipping vinegar), Improper Goods (The Bitter Housewife and Raft Syrups), Portland Soda Works, Bradley’s Tonics and Interrobang Vermouth.

Restaurants/Chefs

This year’s restaurants include Boke Bowl, Proletariat Butchery, Smokehouse Tavern, Verdigris and The Waiting Room.

Ticketing info:

TOAST takes place at the Left Bank Annex (101 N Weidler St. Portland, OR 97227) from 4pm-10pm. General admission tickets are $45 and all-inclusive. Your ticket gets you entry to the event, spirit tastings, a commemorative glass, and small plates from the chefs. Go even bigger and get VIP tickets for $65, which includes 2 cocktail tickets and access to the VIP balcony, private bar and the distillers after-party from 10 – 11 p.m. Designated driver tickets are available for $15 and include entry to TOAST, non-alcoholic drinks, and small plates from the chefs.

 

About the Oregon Distillers Guild:

Formed in 2007, the Oregon Distillers Guild is a nonprofit organization promoting the common interests of distillers in Oregon. The mission of the Guild is to spread the good word that Oregon is a premier destination for spirit aficionados, while furthering our post-Prohibition legislative agenda, all in order to sustain and build a thriving craft spirits industry. www.oregondistillerytrail.com

To listen to this episode see this SoundCloud link here – 

 

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Tiffin Asha Makes the Leap from Food Cart to Brick and Mortar!

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Tiffin Asha Makes the Leap from Food Cart to Brick and Mortar!

Tonight – Thursday December 5th, 2017 at 5 PM Tiffin Asha the restaurant will open their doors to the public. Tiffin Asha is located at 1670 NE Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97211.

Tiffin Asha serves cuisine inspired by South India with ‘influences spanning from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.”

I first wrote about Tiffin Asha back in 2013 for Portland Food Cart Adventures. I was lucky enough to be able to visit them on their very first day of business. I still remember that day and the amazing, new to me food that I devoured.

It was that afternoon that I discovered that the majority of Indian food I had previously enjoyed at Indian restaurants often featured the cuisine of Northern India. Tiffin Asha introduced me to many wonderful South India dishes that I have come to love.

Tiffin Asha opened to much well deserved acclaim. Michael Russell named Tiffin Asha one of his Top Ten Food Cart for 2013 –www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2013/08/portlands_top_10_new_food_cart.html and Karen Brooks featured them in this article – www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2013/6/12/southern-indian-snacks-at-tiffin-asha-june-2013.

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In 2014 Tiffin Asha was a chapter in my first book – Portland Food Cart Stories and it has been a joy to follow Elizabeth and Sheila’s journey.  I am so proud of them. The goal from the very beginning of Tiffin Asha was to build a brand and a fan base so that they could open up as a restaurant and they have done it!  

If you have not yet been to to Tiffin Asha, I encourage you to do so!

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Last night I enjoyed an amazing meal at Tiffin Asha with 3 of my friends. We had these five dishes:

Vada Holes – savory dal donut holes, coconut-chili fleur de sel, served with sambar & chutney.

When you go to Tiffin Asha make sure that you get an order of the Vada Holes, they are delightful with a light coconut flavor and I suggest that you choose the  coconut chutney.

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Lamb Kabab -pomegranate-sesame glazed lamb, resham patti.

I enjoyed the lamb Kabab, but it was very spicy.

Lamb Kabab -pomegranate-sesame glazed lamb, resham patti  Pork Kabab - pork meatballs, cashew butter, candied kumquat  Hot Chick Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney  Rava Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney

Pork Kabab – pork meatballs, cashew butter, candied kumquat.

Wow! This was likely my favorite dish of the evening. It just worked and the candied kumquats were an excellent component.

Lamb Kabab -pomegranate-sesame glazed lamb, resham patti  Pork Kabab - pork meatballs, cashew butter, candied kumquat  Hot Chick Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney  Rava Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney

Hot Chick Dosa – chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney.

This dish is terrific! The Hot Chick was the flagship item when Tiffin Asha was a food cart and I suspect that it will be just as popular at Tiffin Asha the restaurant.

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Lamb Kabab -pomegranate-sesame glazed lamb, resham patti  Pork Kabab - pork meatballs, cashew butter, candied kumquat  Hot Chick Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney  Rava Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney  Lamb Kabab -pomegranate-sesame glazed lamb, resham patti  Pork Kabab - pork meatballs, cashew butter, candied kumquat  Hot Chick Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney  Rava Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney

Rava Dosa – crispy dosa made with semolina, shallot, roasted green chili, served with pickle.

Quite delightful. A great option for vegetarians.

Lamb Kabab -pomegranate-sesame glazed lamb, resham patti  Pork Kabab - pork meatballs, cashew butter, candied kumquat  Hot Chick Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney  Rava Dosa - chicken pakora, black cardamom infused honey, pickled kale, creamy yogurt cheese, served with chutney

Follow Tiffin Asha

Websitewww.tiffinasha.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/tiffinasha

Instagram – www.instagram.com/tiffinasha

Twitterwww.twitter.com/tiffinashapdx

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!

Steven Shomler Eunice 2014

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Gabagool – From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar!

Gabagool – From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar!

Gabagool – From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar! 

Gabagool – the brick and mortar restaurant is opening today, Thursday December 22nd, 2016   at 7955 N Lombard St, Portland, Oregon in the St. John’s neighborhood.

They serve, to quote them — “Casual handcrafted Italian food.”

I have been writing about and following Gabagool since 2013 when they opened as a Portland Food Cart at the Beech Pod on Mississippi and Beech, across the street from Stormbreaker Brewing. I am so proud of Ryan and Pete for being able to make the leap from Food Cart to Brick and Mortar! Not many Food Carts are able to do that.

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On Tuesday I attended a private event there and the photos below are from that evening. The menu is comprised of the same items they had as a cart and I was thrilled to see that. Ryan and his team makes the pasta fresh every day and I am big fan of their fresh pasta.

The menu (see photos below) also includes piadina, salads, a kids menu, wine and local craft beer.

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One thing that caught my eye – Gabagool has a covered outdoor patio that will eventually have seating. I suspect that during summertime this patio will a fantastic place to enjoy a meal.

You can follow Gabagool on Facebook here – www.facebook.com/gabagoolfood

Below is a few more photos from Tuesday evening.

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!

Steven Shomler Eunice 2014

 

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Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles — Episode 9 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles -- Episode 9 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

 

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is now the Portland Culinary Podcast

Here is the link for Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 9 –

www.portlandculinarypodcast.com/vanessa-holden-founder-smitten-artisan-truffles-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-9/

Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles — Episode 9 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

In this episode Steven Shomler visits with Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles.

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is available on iTunes —https://itun.es/us/vqOneb.c

To listen to this episode see the SoundCloud link at the bottom of this article.

Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles -- Episode 9 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

During this Great Food Great Stories Podcast you will learn why Vanessa chose to name her culinary start up Smitten, what a truffle is, how to make a great truffle at home, some of the fun and innovative truffles that Vanessa has made using ingredients like olive oil, rosemary, wine, bourbon, beer, cider, yuzu, calamansi, passionfruit, and more.

Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles -- Episode 9 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

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Steven suggests a few collabs for Vanessa to consider doing such as #1 making a truffle with Dragon’s Gate Brewery’s Le Morte d’Arthur Belgian Chocolate Stout, #2 that she make a special truffle for the annual Beer. Cider. Love. dinner using Finnriver Cacao and Fort George Cavatica Stout, #3 working with Buddha Kat Winery’s Chat Noir Blackberry and #4 Vanessa could head out to Astoria and meets up with baker extraordinaire Tamee Harden Blankenship. Together Tamee and Vanessa would make culinary magic happen!

Vanessa Holden Founder Smitten: Artisan Truffles -- Episode 9 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

Toward the end of this podcast Vanessa shares some of what helped get her culinary startup off the ground – people skills, networking and tenacity.

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is generally recorded at Culmination Brewing Company. This episode was recorded at Hood Crest Winery. Steven Shomler is the your host.

Many thanks to Ken Wilson the Media Maestro for his amazing engineering and editing!

 

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Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier — Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast

 

Great Food Great Stories Podcast Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier -- Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier — Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

In this episode Steven Shomler visits with Jacob Grier— Acclaimed Bartender, Author of Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, and Founder of Aquavit Week.

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is available on iTunes —https://itun.es/us/vqOneb.c

To listen to this episode see the SoundCloud link at the bottom of this article.

Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier -- Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

During his Great Food Great Stories visit Jacob tells us what Aquavit is, talks about some of his favorite aquavit cocktails, and shares where in Portland you can get an excellent Aquavit cocktail including Broder, The Bit House Saloon, Expatriate, La Moule, The Multnomah Whiskey Library, and Wayfinder.

Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier -- Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler
Steven and Jacob then talk about the 2016 edition of Aquavit Week. The Portland edition runs December 4-10. “Aquavit Week is a celebration of the classic Scandinavian spirit, whether distilled in Europe or elsewhere, served neat or in cocktails. Founded in 2012, Aquavit Week returns in its fifth year.”

During the discussion about Aquavit Week Jacob talks about some the distilleries making aquavit here in Portland Including House Spirits Distillery, Bull Run Distillery, and Rolling River Spirits.

Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier -- Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler  Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier -- Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

Toward the end of this episode they enjoy some aquavit – Brennivin & Linie and Steven tells Jacob about the Beef on Weck – a sandwich popular in western New York that is served on kummelweck roll – a roll is topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds.

One Fun Note — Following the recording of this Podcast, the Beef on Weck tangent led to a phone call, which resulted in Lardo being part of 2016 Portland Aquavit Week.

Lardo is going to be offering a special cocktail and a special sandwich for Portland Aquavit Week.

If you want to here the story of Rick Gencarelli, Founder of Lardo see Episode 1 of the Great Food Stories Podcast.

Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier -- Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler

Speaking of Fun Aquavit Events  –check out the Aquavit Week calendar here for a full listing — www.aquavitweek.com/complete-schedule.

If you like beer – you might be interested in Snaps & Taps (Dec. 4-10) – “Sample aquavit and beer pairings featuring special beers from some of Portland’s finest brewers at Portland’s best bars. Look for beers from Breakside Brewing, Upright Brewing, The Commons, Drinking Horse, and, for our first ever Aquavit Week cider, a special release from Reverend Nat’s”www.aquavitweek.com/snaps-taps-2016

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is generally recorded at Culmination Brewing Company.  Steven Shomler is your host.

Many thanks to Ken Wilson the Media Maestro for his amazing engineering and editing!

 

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How to Enjoy the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival and Beer Recommendations

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

How to Enjoy the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival and Beer Recommendations

I love the Holiday Ale Festival! It is one of my two favorite Portland beer festivals. I was there most of yesterday , Wednesday December 1st, and I enjoyed lots of food and 38 of the 53 standard release beers.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

Jim and Beth’s Holiday Ale Festival Story

Yesterday I met Jim and Beth at the Holiday Ale Festival and their Holiday Ale Festival story exemplifies what makes it so special to so many people.

Jim lived in Portland for many years and attended the Holiday Ale Festival many times. Three years ago Jim moved to North Carolina. It was there that Jim met Beth and he introduced Beth to me as “his love.” I wish that you could have seen the smile on his face when  he introduced her.

Jim brought Beth to Portland to show “his love” the city that “he loves” and their first stop in Portland was at the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival. I am pleased to report that Beth was having a great time and was enjoying the Holiday Ale Festival as much as Jim was. Their story warmed my  heart.

Holiday Ale Festival Details

The Holiday Ale Festival — also known as HAF takes place at Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown Portland, Oregon. The entire event is tented and they even heat this event. If you have not been to this beloved Portland beer festival, go check it out and thank me later.

While this is a beer festival, make sure that you take in the whole experience. Enjoy the Christmas music, allow time to visit with friends, enjoy a meal, and make sure to get some of the Oregon artisan cheese, and get some roasted nuts or roasted chestnuts.

Here are my suggestions for getting the most out of this festival followed by my beer recommendations.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#1 Go with Friends! This a great event to have friends join you.

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#2 Go see the good people at Family Tree Nut Company and get a bag of cinnamon almonds or chestnuts.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

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#3 Go buy some  Willamette Valley Cheese from Nicole. Get your beer, remember which one you got, walk over to Nicole, tell her which beer you have, and she will pair your beer with the perfect piece of cheese. Each piece is only $1.00.

#4 Get a Meal while at the Holiday Ale Festival.

Urban German is a Portland beer festival staple. You will find Urban German at many Portland area beer festivals. I love their food and I highly recommend it!

New to the Holiday Ale Festival this year is Oregon Deli Co. I enjoyed their Roasted Squash Sandwich –Roasted squash, wilted kale, goat cheese, crispy onions and balsamic dressing on ciabatta and I devoured it!

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#5 Make sure that you go upstairs. Sadly, yesterday I ran into people at the Holiday Ale Festival who did not know they there was an upstairs to go to!

 

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#6 Go more than one day. Keep your cup & wristband, and go to the Holiday Ale Festival more than one day. In addition to the 53 standard release beers, each day they have special beers that you can only get that day. Plus, when you go back for a second or third visit you get the chance to try even more of the beers on tap.

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#7 Say Thank You. Portland beer festivals like the Holiday Ale Festival would not happen without the staff and volunteers who work hard and make the beer festival magic happen. Please be sure to tell them thank you.

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Beer Recommendations for the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival

As I mentioned, I had 38 of the 53 standard release beers. I was not able to get to every beer that I wanted to try, however I was able to enjoy many great beers.

Here is my favorite beer at the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival, 13 others beers that tickled my fancy, and 5 honorable mentions.

Please note — I am fan of craft beer, however I more interested in whether or not I liked the beer I just had, than I am in whether or not it fit a certain style, or used an innovative hop, or was brewed with a special malt.

I am blessed to have many friends in the Portland craft beer community, who know beer and I love to listen to them talk about beer. Many of them really know their stuff.

My approach to beer is much simpler — Did I like it? And if so – how much did I like it?

Each year my friend Ezra publishes a list of the beer he recommends at the Holiday Ale Festival and I love reading it.

Here is link to it for your enjoyment and perusal — http://www.newschoolbeer.com/2016/12/best-worst-2016-holiday-ale-festival.html

 

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

My Favorite Beer at the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival

My favorite standard release beer at the 2016 Holiday Ale Festival was Vanguard Brewing Co.’s Lee’s Coconut Snowballs. 

“Based on a recipe from Vanguard’s assistant brewer, this American strong ale was made with a hefty grain bill to create a malt forward, copper colored beer with undertones of toasty caramel, toffee and dark fruit flavors. Locally grown Cascade and Willamette hops were used to balance out the malt sweetness. Finally, coconut toasted flakes were added during fermentation to fill out this winter warmer. American Strong Ale • ABV: 8.5% • IBUs: 30”

I was blown away by the coconut flavor and this beer spoke to me. If you don’t like coconut, do NOT get this beer and know that it is on the sweeter side. For me , it was awesome! Give me this beer and some chocolate and I would be a very happy man!

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

13 Other Beers I Loved 

Here are 13 other beers that I loved — listed alphabetically

#1 Deschutes Brewery Ginger Cookie Imperial Porter “This imperial porter was spiced with chocolate, ginger puree, nutmeg and cinnamon. ABV: 11.2% • IBUs: 48”

A perfect “Christmas” beer. Worth a full pour.

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#2 Ecliptic Brewing Barrel Aged Tarantula Belgian Dubbel Ale “Named after the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, this beer will trap you in its web. Dark and smooth with spicy Belgian yeast, rich malt flavors predominate with hints of dried fruit. This special beer is blended with a barrel aged version of Tarantula that slept in 12-year-old bourbon barrels for two years. This beer drinks smooth and strong. ABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 19”

I was with someone in the Oregon craft beer industry when I was tasting this wonderful beer from Ecliptic. They said and I quote — “This beer makes want to go out into the street and sing. I want to go wassailing.” I could drink lots of this beer.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#3 Finnriver Farm & Cidery Winter Ruby Cider Oak-Aged Cranberry Cider “This is a festive, bright fruit cider made to toast the season. Traditional cider apples from world-renowned Poverty Lane Orchards in N.H. impart complexity, blended with a tart, organic cranberry wine made from Starvation Alley Farms cranberries and finished with Mexican vanilla extract and aged with toasted oak. Enjoy this semi-sweet celebratory dance of apples, cranberries, vanilla and oak on the palate. ABV: 6.5%”

This cider is stupendous. I can’t say enough about it.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#4 Fort George Brewery All Seeing Pie Barrel-Aged Stout “This spiced stout was aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels, adding notes of woody vanilla and oak. Jammed with hearty malts, a blend of spices, plus homemade apple pie filling tucked into the barrels, this stout is a warm reminder of a fresh baked apple pie…with a touch of holiday cheer. ABV: 12.0%”

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#5 Fremont Brewing Co. S’mores Bonfire Ale Winter Ale “Fremont Brewing took its roasty, chocolaty and slightly smoky Bonfire Ale and infused it with Theo cacao nibs, marshmallows, graham crackers and toasted oak to create S’mores Bonfire Ale. Light a Bonfire today! ABV: 6.0% • IBUs: 40”

If you like s’mores, you will LOVE this beer.

#6 Gigantic Brewing Holy Cow! Imperial Milk Stout “The brewery took its Shazoo Imperial Milk Stout and added toasted coconut and cold pressed Coava coffee, resulting in a beer that is enormously delicious with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel and coconut. ABV: 8.5% • IBUs: 45”

#7 Loowit Brewing Co. Snow’s Ghost Golden Stout “Snow’s Ghost is a deceptive stout made without any dark malts; it may look light and clean but underneath, it is a rich stout with flavors of coffee, roast and chocolate. To add to the complexity of this seasonal gift, Loowit added toasted marshmallow and coconut. As you huddle up on a wintery night watching big snowflakes mask the ground, grab a pint of Snow’s Ghost to keep you warm during the dire hours of a snowy night. ABV: 8.6% • IBUs: 48”

This beer grabbed me and didn’t not let me go until the music stopped and we ended our dance.

#8 Nectar Creek Top Bar Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee/Bourbon MeadRaw wildflower honey was fermented and aged in bourbon barrels, then finished with locally roasted coffee beans and bourbon cured oak. The mead is smooth with rich notes of coffee, honey, vanilla and oak. ABV: 8.1%”

Trust me on this, if you like subtle coffee flavors you will love this mead. It’s a wonderful, inspired, combination of flavors that come together in unexpected and wonderful ways.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#9 Old Town Brewing Co. Kris KringAle Spiced White Ale “As fluffy and exciting as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is met with anticipation. The familiar characters of winter citrus and wheat are complemented by the festive spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Together the orange, nutmeg and cinnamon provide the perfect amount of spicy warmth for those wet chilly days and long cold nights, leaving you wanting a bit more. ABV: 5.8% • IBUs: 9”

Andrew Lamont does it again. I love just the beer that he makes. Andrew is a gifted brewer. I want  keg of this in my house. It would not last very long.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#10 Santiam Brewing Co. Pirate Stout: Govna’s Reserve Rum and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout “Taking their popular Rum Barrel-Aged Pirate Stout and arming it to the teeth, this Govna’s Reserve Pirate Stout is a special strength version that is 100% aged in rum and bourbon barrels for more than six months. It is infused at the end of fermentation with coconut for a complex blend of rum, bourbon, oak and coconut. ABV: 11.5% • IBUs: 59”

Last night I meant Waldo (pictured above with Mimi, Kendra and Brittney) at the Hoilday Ale Festival. First of all his name really is Waldo. He showed me his ID. Secondarily Waldo insisted that I get some of the Santiam beer. I am so glad that I listened to Waldo. Lots of great stuff going on in this beer.

#11 Sixpoint Brewery Big Raspy Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Raspberries “A new take on a classic Sixpoint beer called Bolshoi! This version is brewed with raspberries and blended with a separate batch of Bolshoi! that has been aging for nine months in first-fill bourbon barrels. Hoo-da-lali! A big thanks to festival manager Preston Weesner for flying across the country to collaborate on this brew. ABV: 10.8% • IBUs: 35”

#12 StormBreaker Brewing Zero Visibility Winter Warmer “This oatmeal cream ale was inspired by one of StormBreaker’s favorite holiday beverages. Adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the boil, the brewers then split the batch and aged it on soaked oak chips, half on whiskey and the other half on rum. Finally, they blended them back together to create the perfect Winter Warmer. Remember, you don’t have to black out to have Zero Visibility. ABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 10”

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#13 Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. A Tipple for Nikolaus Barrel-Aged Fruit and Spice Lager “Zoiglhaus teamed up with PINTS Brewing to create this seasonal treat. A Tipple for Nikolaus is a plum-infused gingerbread lager blended with the rarest of PINTS’ beers: an Imperial Stout aged three years in a bourbon barrel. ABV: 6.0% • IBUs: 40

I was with Teri Fahrendorf and Jon Graber (two amazing people)  when i was enjoying this beer and I was so glad that I was. I loved what I was tasting and I had no idea how to describe it.

Teri and Jon helped me out. According to them this beer is reminiscent of Lebkuchen ( a spiced Christmas cookie) and has a gentle almond finish. All I know is that I love it! Alan J. Taylor — one heck of a brewer.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

5 Honorable Mentions

Here are five “beers” that you would do well to invest your pour tickets into.

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Honorable Mention #1  Collaborator Bacon Cigar German Rauchbier “This is a traditional German Rauchbier, brewed with German beechwood smoked malt. It features an upfront bacon-like aroma, with a well-defined balance of smoky and toasty-rich malt flavors, imparting smoky notes throughout the finish. Oregon Brew Crew member Rodney Kibzey brewed this beer with pride! ABV: 5.4% • IBUs: 24”

My friend Rodney Kibzey is likely one of the best home brewers in the US. I even read that in book once. This  beer is worth checking out. I had people I respect, who are both prominent in the Portland culinary community come down on different sides of the coin regarding this beer beer. One loved it and one said that they “could not taste the bacon or the cigar.” Try it and decide for yourself.

Honorable Mention #2 Drake’s Brewing Co. Grape Fermented ZinDrakonic Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout “Drake’s Barrel Program Manager, Travis Camacho, worked with HAF’s Preston Weesner to create another special blend of Drakonic Imperial Stout. Inoculated with Drake’s house wild yeast culture and fermented with Zinfandel grape skins, then aged for eight months in Zinfandel Port barrels, the final blend is pleasantly tart with deep raspberry & grape fruitiness, coupled with a malt profile reminiscent of dark chocolate and tobacco. ABV: 9.8%”

I love what I call “Christmas” beers and you can get many of them at the Holiday Ale Festival. This beer is in no way a “Christmas” beer, but damn it is good! Get it and appreciate it. This beer will disappear quickly.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

Honorable Mention #3 Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Where Apple Pies Go When They Die Cider “Fermented with muscovado sugar, this version of their Winter Abbey Spice has the addition of WHOLE APPLE PIES (this cider is not gluten free!). The cidery also used raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg to create this beverage that’s especially suited to the colder months. Served warm for your added enjoyment! • ABV: 7.4%”

For my money Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider always has something terrific to enjoy. This year, like last year, their HAF offering is served warm and it is quite the treat.

Honorable Mention #4 Pelican Brewing Co. Abuela’s Casita Holiday Stout “This special holiday stout is inspired by Champurrado, the classic hot Mexican drink of masa and chocolate made by abuelas. Robust chocolate flavors with hints of cinnamon come from Tanzanian cocoa nibs and Vietnamese cinnamon. It was brewed with traditional corn and lactose to add depth and round out the palate. ABV: 6.0% • IBUs: 35”

This beer is something very different and very good! My brother Marco grew up with these flavors and this beer like tastes like some of the incredible dishes that my sister in law Gudelia makes.

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Speaking of flavors and dishes my family loves — I would love it if next year the Holiday Ale Festival has Churros Locos as a food vendor!

Churros Locos is a local Portland company run by two salt of the earth people – Isabel and Daniel and getting have a churro with a “Christmas” beer would be such a treat!

Honorable Mention #5 Portland Cider Co. Holiday Juniper Cider “Crafted in the spirit of winter in the Northwest and fermented on juniper berries and red plums, this off dry cider has a frosty juniper nose which quickly gives way to the festive richness of local plums. As crisp as a breath of morning air on Mt. Hood; you can almost smell the trees! ABV: 6.9%”

This cider is bright and refreshing and a perfect way to take break from the higher ABV “Christmas” beers that I love.

Speaking of Portland Cider Co., go to their Cider House on Hawthorne and get their Winter Spice / Santa’s Sauce. It is available this time of year and it is wonderful!  Quoting from the Portland Cider Co. website “…this natural cider is infused with cinnamon, cardamom, and a little cayenne pepper.”

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

For More Info on the Holiday Ale Festival 

If you would like more information about the  Holiday Ale festival see these links here —

Websitewww.holidayale.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/HolidayAleFest

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The Holiday Ale Festival on The Portland Beer Podcast

Lastly — I recently had Preston Weesner with the Holiday Ale Festival on the Portland Beer Podcast and a link to that episode is below. I am a big fan of Preston and what he does for the craft beer community and it was a delight to get to interview him about HAF.

You can subscribe to the Portland Beer Podcast via iTunes here –  www.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/portland-beer-podcast/id1122710910?mt=2 

 

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!

Steven Shomler Eunice 2014

 

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

 

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

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