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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2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#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!

 

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

#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.

2016 Holiday Ale Festival

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.”

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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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Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 Edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 Edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

Last Night, Wednesday November 17th I stopped by Stormbreaker Brewing and enjoyed the 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat by the awesome outside fire pit they have at Stormbreaker.

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

This year’s edition has plum and sweet orange peel, chocolate malt, Special B malt, Fuggle hops and Sterling hops.

I love their Barrel Aged Winter Coat. Hats off to Stormbreaker Founders Dan and Rob. This is a great beer!

Go to Stormbreaker and enjoy a beer by their amazing outside fire pit and thank me later.

Cheers,

Steven

I am Steven Shomler I write about the great food and the great stories that I come across on my culinary adventures!

PS – The food menu at Stormbreaker is is pretty righteous as well.

PPS – If you want to know the Stormbreaker story, check out their chapter in my second book Portland Beer Stories.

Portland Beer Stories by Steven Shomler

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

Stormbreaker Brewing 2016 edition of Barrel Aged Winter Coat

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Tess and Patrick Barr Founders of Hood Crest Winery – Episode 7 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Tess and Patrick Barr Founders of Hood Crest Winery – Episode 7 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Episode 7 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode I visit with Tess and Patrick Barr Founders of Hood Crest Winery located in Hood River, Oregon.

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.

Tess and Patrick Barr Founders of Hood Crest Winery -- Episode 7 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

During our visit we talked about how Tess and Patrick first met, what led them from Port Townsend, Washington to Hood River, Oregon and how they started Hood Crest Winery.

We also enjoy a number of Hood Crest wines and talk about Tess’ approach to making wine.

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Tess and Patrick Barr Founders of Hood Crest Winery -- Episode 7 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

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 your host.

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

 

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pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern

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pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern

Last week I attended the pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern and I was blown away by how wonderful the experience was.

I knew that the beer would be fantastic; I have been following Josh pFriem since before he was a chapter in my second book Portland Beer Stories. I expected a good meal, however I was not prepared for how excellent the night would be.

From beginning to end, from reception to dessert, the entire evening was delightful.

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The setting, the service, the food, getting to hear from both Josh pFriem and from chef de cuisine Luis Escorcia, during each of the courses, every component added another layer to savor.

Altabira is passionate about craft beer and they regularly host beer dinners like the one that I attended. I encourage you to attend one sometime soon. You will not be disappointed.

Below is a photo centric account of my evening to give you sense of that kind of night you will have when you attend an Altabira Beer Dinner.

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Reception

The evening began with a glass of pFriem Wit and 3 delectable appetizers — Dungeness crab deviled eggs, Avocado toast, lime, cilantro, and Braised short rib & horseradish crostini.

I know that I have had a good meal when a few days later I am still thinking about it. I suspect that 6 months from now I will still be wanting more of these three appetizers. They were so good!

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

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pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

First Course

Our first course was a pFriem Pilsner paired with Diver scallop crudo with pickled sea beans, chorizo bread crumbs, and a parsley pesto.

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pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Second Course 

Our second course was a pFriem Belgian Strong Blonde that was cleverly paired with a Mixed Chicories Caesar Salad, topped with Spanish anchovy. pFriem’s Belgian Strong Blonde in one of my favorite pFriem beers and I loved how well this beer worked with the salad!

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Third Course

The third course brought together a pFriem Belgian Strong Dark and an Oxtail and beef tongue stew, with turnips, acorn squash, cipollini onions served inside of a squash. Upon devouring this dish, of my dining companions, who loved that our “bowl” was a squash said “I never want another bread bowl again.”

I also loved that our “bowl’ was a squash and better yet the richness of the stewed worked very well with the complex flavors in the Belgian Strong Dark.

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Dessert

Dessert was brilliant! A pFreim Oude Kriek and an Apple and quince tartin with cherry sauce. While each of the beer/food pairings were very good, this was my favorite. It was darn near perfect.

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

Many thanks to everyone who had a hand in this stupendous meal!

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

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

pFriem Family Brewers Dinner at Altabira City Tavern Great Food Great Stories by Steven Shomler

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The Wedge – Portland Celebrates Cheese! — Episode 6 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Great Food Great Stories Podcast

The Wedge – Portland Celebrates Cheese! — Episode 6 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Episode 6 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode I visit with Katie Bray Executive Director of the Oregon Cheese Guild, Sasha Davies Co-Founder of both Cyril’s Restaurant and Clay Pigeon Winery, and Cory Mcguire the Cheesemonger at the University Park New Seasons on N Lombard St, Portland.

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.

The Wedge - Portland Celebrates Cheese! -- Episode 6 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

 

The four of us have a delightful time previewing the 2016 edition of The Wedge – Portland Celebrates Cheese! event happening Saturday Oct 1st, 2016 here in Portland, Oregon at the Green Dragon Bistro and Brew Pub (and surrounding streets) at SE 9th and Belmont.

Episode 6 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode we cover what the Wedge is and what you can find when you attend, the wonderful Master Classes they offer each year at the Wedge, and the Cheesemaker Dinner happening Friday evening September 30th @ Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery.

We then enjoy five cheeses — River’s Edge Chevre Sunset Bay, Briar Rose Creamery Iris, Goldin Artisan La Chaumine, Ancient Heritage Adelle, and Cascadia Creamery Glacier Blue, two ciders — Wandering Aengus Ciderworks Bloom, & Portland Cider Kinda Dry, and a delightful wine – Clay Pigeon’s 2015 Pinot Gris.

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Ancient Heritage Adelle  Goldin Artisan La Chaumine

Towards the end of the episode Sasha drops the glorious revelation that we can have butter with our cheese and we talk about some of the artisan producers you will find at the wedge.

For more information about the Wedge see this link here – www.thewedgeportland.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 your host.

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

 

 

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Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Social – Thursday September 22nd 7 PM – 11 PM

Steven Shomler Presents Reverend Nat's Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Social

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

I am huge fan of Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider. The very first time I took a sip of it, I loved it and I immediately thought to myself — ” if you gave this cider to a talented bartender, I bet that they could come up with some amazing cocktails.”

Two years ago while enjoying a glass of Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider I decided that someday I would do that very thing and create an event where I could enjoy those cocktails.

Thursday evening September 22nd from 7 PM – 11 PM my watermelon cider cocktail event idea is coming into fruition!

         Reverend Nats          Box Social

 

I am also a huge of Box Social.  Box Social is one of my favorite bars in Portland. I love a good Old Fashioned and Michael, the bartender at Box Social makes one of the best Old Fashioneds that I have ever had.

Thursday evening September 22nd from 7 PM – 11 PM you are welcome to join me at Box Social for Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night.

Michael at Box Social

Michael at Box Social has come up with three amazing cocktails that each feature Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider — Drunken LoveNapoleon’s Last Stand, and Sir Basil’s Hot Monkey.

Please note — This is a cocktail event at a cocktail bar. Reverend Nat’s Cider Holy Water(melon) Cider NOT be poured at this event, instead it will used as an ingredient in each of these three cocktails that were specially created for this fun evening. 

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Drunken Love Cocktail 

This cocktail features Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider,  Mezcal and St. Germain.

This cocktail gets it name from the Beyonce song Drunk In Love which references “drinking watermelon.”

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Napoleon’s Last Stand Cocktail 

This cocktail features Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider, Aperol, Gin, and muddled Hermiston Watermelon.

This cocktail is a fun riff on the Waterloo Cocktail found on the Box Social summer cocktail menu which features muddled Hermiston watermelon and has Campari instead of Aperol.

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Sir Basil’s Hot Monkey Cocktail 

This cocktail features Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider, Vodka, New Deal Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka, and muddled Basil.

This cocktail gets it name from the splash of New Deal Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka and the muddled basil.

Steven Shomler Presents Reverend Nat's Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Socia

Snacks

Box Social has an excellent food menu. We selected one item that we think will go particularly well with each of the three cocktails mentioned above.

The Baked Brie will pair well with the Sir Basil’s Hot Monkey Cocktail.

The Caprese will pair well with the Drunken Love Cocktail.

The Nibble Plate will pair well with the Napoleon’s Last Stand Cocktail.

If you love either Reverend Nat’s Holy Water(melon) Cider or craft cocktails, you do not want to miss this fun event!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Steven Shomler Presents Reverend Nat's Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Social

Steven Shomler Presents Reverend Nat's Holy Water(melon) Cider Cocktail Night at Box Social

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Brett Aube Founder Conundrum Trail Mix — Episode 5 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Brett Aube Founder Conundrum Trail Mix — Episode 5 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Episode 5 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode I visit with Brett Aube Founder of Conundrum Trail Mix.

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.

 

Brett Aube Founder Conundrum Trail Mix -- Episode 5 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

 

In this episode Brett shares how he started his company making granola and why he has pivoted to trail mix, he shares an amusing story about Portland and the Cantina theme from Star Wars, and what is in his excellent trail mix – including rosemary, lavender, and Jacobsen flake salt.

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Brett also shares what it is like to launch a culinary startup in Portland, what effort it takes to launch a startup, what keeps him going through the tough times, the culinary startups that inspired him, and the role that social media has played in his company’s success.

Toward to end of this podcast we chat about what beverages Conundrum Trail Mix pairs well with. Brett’s pairing suggestions were not at all what I expected, but they were spot on!

Conundrum Trail Mix -- Episode 5 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is 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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Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill – Episode 4 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill – Episode 4 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Episode 4 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode I visit with Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill.

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.

Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill - Episode 4 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

In this episode I visit with Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill.

I have had the joy of following Ramy’s culinary journey since the very beginning of his first cart.

Ramy is a chapter in my first book Portland Food Cart Stories.

In this episode we catch up with and talk with him about what has happened in his journey since Portland Food Cart Stories was published.

Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill - Episode 4 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

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We talk with Ramy about his move to the parking lot of the brand new Cider Riot Public House founded by Abram Goldman Armstrong. You can hear Abram’s story of opening the Cider Riot Public House in Episode 10 of the Portland Beer Podcast.

Ramy Armans Founder of Ramy’s Lamb Shack Food Cart and Baba’s Mediterranean Grill - Episode 4 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Ramy is also opening a brick and mortar restaurant — Baba’s Mediterranean Grill and he tells all about this endeavor.

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is 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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Wine, Blues and More Event – Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery

Hood Crest Winery

Wine, Blues and More Event – Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery

An Afternoon of Wine, Cheese, Charcuterie, Chocolate, Pizza, Pasta, and Blues at Hood Crest Winery!

I have put together a very fun event happening this Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery in Hood River, Oregon from Noon – 5 PM and you are invited!

Starting at Noon — The Beautiful Pig (Charcuterie), Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery (Cheese), and Smitten Artisan Truffles (Chocolate,) will be on hand sampling and selling their culinary delights.

Hood Crest Winery

 

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Excellent Food

Hood Crest Winery will be offering special wood fired pizzas and pastas featuring both A Beautiful Pig charcuterie and Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery cheese. Smitten Artisan Truffles will be offering truffles made with Hood Crest wine.

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Blues

At 3 PM the Tess Barr Band will take the stage!

This is going to be a wonderful event!

Below are a few more photos I wanted to share.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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Michael Russell Restaurant Critic for the Oregonian – Episode 3 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Michael Russell Restaurant Critic for the Oregonian – Episode 3 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

Episode 3 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast is here!

In this episode we visit with Michael Russell  Restaurant Critic for the Oregonian.

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

Michael Russell Restaurant Critic for the Oregonian – Episode 3 Great Food Great Stories Podcast

In this episode we visit with Michael Russell and you will learn what brought him to Portland, and about his first job at the Oregonian.

Michael talks about his journey as a restaurant critic and what led him to recently shed his anonymity – http://www.oregonlive.com/editors/index.ssf/2016/06/restaurant_critic_michael_russ_1.html.

Michael also gives us the 411 on the Oregonian’s annual restaurant guide, and tells what he looks for in a restaurant when he is doing a review.

The week that this interview took place Michael had just released his list of Portland’s 10 best new Food Carts for 2016 and Portland’s 15 Best Food Foods (see links below) and during this podcast we have a delightful extended chat about the Portland food cart scene.

Some the Food Carts mentioned in this podcast include Burmasphere, Burger Stevens, Matt’s BBQ, Tiffin Asha (Note – Tiffin Asha is in the process opening up a brick and mortar restaurant), Viking Soul Food, The Wild Hunt, Straits Kitchen, Bari PDX, the Egg Carton, The Pod Bar, and the Carts on Foster Food Cart Pod.

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Portland’s best new Food Carts of 2016 –  http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/07/portlands_best_new_food_carts_4.html

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Portland’s 15 Best Food Cart –http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/07/portlands_15_best_food_carts.html#0

The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is 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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