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Wayfinder Beer

Portland’s Brewing, Not Burning

written by Beau Eastes Let’s kill the “Portland is burning” narrative right here. Yes, Stumptown is changing, as any dynamic and modern city should. But Portland still oozes creativity and innovation, it still embraces anyone willing to think outside the box, and it still finds ways to surprise and inspire. Especially in the city’s perpetually evolving beer scene. We here at Beerlandia recently took up the cause of exploring everything new, awesome and funky coming out of Portland’s craft beer scene in the hopes of shattering the notion that the city is essentially RoboCop’s dystopian Detroit with bike lanes.  Here’s what we found: Helles yes to Wayfinder: Is anyone in the state making better beer than Wayfinder Beer on SE 2nd? Their helles, the Wayfinder Hell, won silver at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival and their CZAF Czech-style pilsner is the poster child for the perfect Zoom-with-buddies beer. Best…

Mary Andrus teaching students

Art and Soul

Art therapy can satisfy our deepest needs, transform lives and heal communities written by Cathy Carroll Mary Andrus has seen how working with people through art therapy can transform their lives and build community, and she believes it can ultimately create a more just society. She has spent years working with people in a range of settings, from community mental health programs and nursing homes to an inpatient psychiatric hospital and therapeutic day schools. Art therapy and artistic expression in general, however, can benefit anyone, she said. Art therapy’s aim is to help people function better in their lives and elevate a sense of well-being. “It would be for anybody open to using the creative process to find and get to know themselves,” she said. “Art therapy isn’t about drawing pretty pictures … it’s about tapping into who you are inside—and maybe drawing really ugly pictures—and giving yourself permission to…

A rain chain fashioned by sculpture artist Christine Clark, who hand-bent every link.

DIY: Hang a Rain Chain

Rain chains have been a mainstay in Japanese culture for centuries, serving to collect rainwater for practical use. They make sense in the rainy Northwest for a number of reasons. Rain chains add personalized décor to the exterior of a house and garden, as well as the soothing sound of trickling water. They’re also practical; slowing down the water’s rush averts soil erosion and prevents gushing runoff from overwhelming the municipal storm system. Locate Choose a location where you’ll be able to see and appreciate the rain chain, and make sure the water drains away from the house and foundation. Consider having a receptacle for the drained water, such as a rain barrel, a trail of river rocks that lead to a garden, or a container of some sort, which could produce a gurgling fountain effect. Install Downspouts funnel rain water off the roof and away from the foundation into…

Terminal Gravity Brew Pub

Beerlandia: Patio Beers

written by Beau Eastes The two sweetest words in the English language just might be “patio beers.” With the right group of buddies and a sun-soaked deck, a plain old pale ale or basic bitter can be elevated to a near religious experience. (In-the-shower beers have been known to exhibit similar traits.) Fortunately, our state is flush with outstanding outdoor beer-drinking options. Here are some of our favorites: Terminal Gravity Brew Pub Enterprise How many people have planned hiking trips to the Wallowas, in large part so they can have cool-down beers in the park-like setting at Terminal Gravity? Grab a picnic table, order a pint and some food, and plan your next great adventure in Eastern Oregon. terminalgravitybrewing.com Crux Fermentation Project Bend It blows the mind to think how this former AAMCO transmission shop in the heart of a light industrial area has transformed into a premier outdoor imbibing…

Cannon Beach Zoom Town

Oregon’s Top Five Zoom Towns

Oregon’s best places to live when you can work remotely from anywhere written by Cathy Carroll Reflect a moment on how you felt during a favorite Oregon getaway—gliding through fresh powder, hiking among fragrant pines, swimming in a lake reflecting a snow capped peak, paddling on liquid serenity or being rejuvenated by the salt-infused breeze of the Pacific. Remember wishing you didn’t have to leave, vacation over, back to work?  More than ever, work can be wherever you choose. To be certain, the global pandemic has few silver linings, but the shutdown of offices and the rise of remote work allows more choice in where to live. Across America, millions have begun working remotely since last spring, a trend that’s clearly taking hold in Oregon, too.   “Zoom Towns,” idyllic places where you can connect with workplaces virtually, have spurred migrations that appear to be doubling down on existing growth patterns,…

Northwest Wild Products owner Ron Neva pauses while searching for razor clams

2020 in Photos

Some of our most inspired faves from our amazing photographers this year

Oregon wasabi

Oregon Wasabi?

Oregon-grown wasabi is a versatile and spicy option for your cooking written by Sophia McDonald Sushi aficionados, take note: That spicy, lime green paste next to your dragon roll may be called wasabi, but chances are it isn’t the real thing. Most of the time, it’s a combination of horseradish, powdered mustard and green food coloring.  Wasabi is native to Japan, but you can buy it closer to home than you might think. Oregon Coast Wasabi in Tillamook County is one of only three commercial growers in the United States. Co-founder and CEO Jennifer Bloeser quite by accident stumbled onto the relative of the horseradish plant at an equestrian event. A fellow participant had brought some plants to the gathering and was giving them away. Bloeser’s neighbors in Southeast Portland were always sharing the bounty from their gardens with her, and she was looking for something to give back. Wasabi,…

gin cocktail

Cocktail Card

Rosemary’s Bee Bee recipe courtesy of Hannah Loop at The Winchester Inn, Ashland •  2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice  • ¾ ounce rosemary black peppercorn honey syrup  • Rosemary garnish FOR SYRUP​ •  tablespoons black peppercorns​ •  cup water​ •  cup honey​ • handful of fresh rosemary FOR COCKTAIL Combine and shake over ice, then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with rosemary. FOR SYRUP​ Toast black peppercorns, then add to saucepan with water and honey. Bring to a low simmer.  Add a small handful of fresh rosemary and let simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Strain. 

Ultimate Oregon Road Trip

The Ultimate Oregon Road Trip

12 days, tons of sights Get ready for the drive of a lifetime written by Sheila G. Miller After being cooped up, hitting the open road can be invigorating.  The past few months have been a trying time for all of us. But there’s no balm like the outdoors to soothe anxiety and give us a renewed sense of self.  We spent some time trying to construct the ultimate Oregon road trip—that is, a twelve-day trip that takes you through the natural wonders of our state. From the dunes of the Oregon Coast to the jagged edges of the Wallowas, we tried to hit them all. For now, reopening our state to tourism is uncertain, so some of this may continue to be a pipe dream. But that doesn’t mean we can’t plan and dream—join us, won’t you? DAY 1 BEND Bend is in the center of the state, making for…