Oregon Cideries

It’s as American as apple pie. Hard cider was the beverage of choice in early New England, and a renaissance is now sweeping the nation. What does the iconic apple mean to our local agricultural and beverage industries in the Pacific Northwest? Consumed with all meals by people of varying age and socioeconomic status across Colonial America, cider was the safe alternative to unreliable drinking water. By the 19th century, hard cider consumption had reached 32 gallons per person annually. Despite the utilitarian and life-sustaining history of cider, its popularity began to wane at the turn of the 20th century, and brought to its knees due to Prohibition. Lorin Gelfand of Square Mile Cider Company elaborates: “Our forefathers drank cider on a daily basis. In fact, some early presidential candidates handed out cider at their campaign rallies. There really is a rich cider history in the United States that most…


Defining Stouts + Porters

As the weather turns colder, Pacific Northwesterners look toward winter—hearty stews and melted sandwiches warm our bellies, washed down with complimentary porters and stouts. These flavor-packed beers are perfect companions for everything the chilly months have to offer. The creativity of Oregon brewers shines as traditional styles, born in England and Ireland, are given a Northwest twist. In a state saturated with pioneering spirit, Oregon’s beers reflect the rich historical heritage of our forebears, as well as the skill and innovation of today’s brewmasters.


Joseph Oregon

Mutiny Brewing Company | The new brewery in town not only has a solid beer list, but a menu that surpasses most brewpubs.   Embers Brewhouse | Summer in Joseph is practically defined by sitting on the patio with a beer and a pizza at this local brewhouse. Live music on the outdoor stage is a nice compliment to the unobstructed view of the mountains. Old Town Cafe | 541.432.9898 The wait can be long, but breakfast in this tiny cafe is worth the wait.   R& R Drive-In | 541.432.9000 Fast food never tasted so good. The independently owned burger and ice cream joint serves cones this size of the Wallowas for less than a buck.   Vali’s Alpine Restaurant | Fine dining, alpine style. Check the website and make a reservation, because this cozy restaurant is tiny and only serves one Central European dish per night.  …


Best Beer

Winner: Ninkasi Total Domination IPA Ninkasi has gone from zero to 100,000 barrels in six years, with that number expected to triple in the next eighteen months. The first batch of Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA hit the market in 2006, and since then, beer lovers have been lapping up the hoppy brew. The Brewers Association, a trade group that tracks industry trends, named Eugene-based Ninkasi the fastest growing regional brewery in the country in 2011. Total Domination along with Believer Double Red Ale, Tricerahops Double IPA and Oatis Oatmeal Stout are on tap or in bottles throughout the West. Ninkasi does not have a brewpub but visitors are welcome in its tasting room for a pint and bites from visiting food carts. Runner-Up: Boneyard RPM IPA In beer-soaked Bend, Boneyard got started by recycling other brewers’ cast-off equipment. Two-plus years later, the brewery can’t keep up with demand and “our…


Best Brewery

Winner: Deschutes Brewery, Portland Photo by Michael Mathers With a highly successful brewpub in Bend and its Black Butte Porter the best-selling porter in the country, Deschutes Brewery knew it was time to enter “Beervana,” Portland’s nickname for having the most brewpubs per capita in the nation. In 2008, Deschutes opened in an old converted body shop in the Pearl District, where locals and tourists can experience on-site dining and drinking that is part laid-back Bend, part upscale urban. “The best way to experience a craft beer is by going to the pub,” says Jason Randall of Deschutes Brewery. Both locations recycle spent hops and grains from the brewing process to feed locally farmed cattle that eventually end up on the table. Order an old favorite like the fish and chips or the newer, Obsidian Stout braised beef, with one of the nineteen beers on tap. Runner-Up: 10 Barrel, Bend…


Hop, Oregon

Oregon hops are the building blocks supporting the state’s burgeoning microbrewing industry.