Portland News to Chew

Local booze awards abound, wine country gets new eats, and Vancouver has a new brunch option.

By Salish Davis April 8, 2014


Reverend Nat’s Wins Cider Gold: Ciders worthy of an “Amen!” from Reverend Nat’s Cidery (including Hallelujah Hopricot, Lorrie’s Gold, and Revelation Newtown Pippin) won noteworthy awards at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry as well as the Annual New York International Beer Competition1813 NE 2nd Ave


Honeybees Check in to Local Hotels: Looking to "bee" sustainable on the fly? Check into any PDX Provenance Hotel—the Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe, and Sentinel—and know Bee Local’s bees are enjoying their stay as well. These hotels are now offering sustainably harvested honey from rooftop urban bees in-room and in their restaurants. Small urban hives are more important than ever to combat hive collapse—you’ll be supporting local bees against monoculture while sampling a taste of the neighborhood flora. Available at Hotel Lucia’s Imperial Restaurant, Hotel deluxe, and Hotel Sentinel.

Europa Wine Merchant Opens: Tried and true wine wholesaler Michael Rhodes of Triage Wines and Vine Merchants has opened a new location in downtown's West End. The new wine haven features imported and locally sourced wines that won’t break the bank—but there's no shortage of Grower Champagne, Barolo, Barbareso and their familiars. 1111 SW Alder

Wine Country

Storrs Smokehouse Now Open: Owners of Newberg's lauded restaurant The Painted Lady have officially opened Storrs Smokehousea new family-friendly venture featuring slow-roasted meats and good old-fashioned BBQ. A perfect pit stop for your upcoming weekend drive! 310 E. 1st St. Newberg, OR.

Dining Room Open Soon at Ruddick/Wood: New wine country restaurant Ruddick/Wood will debut in downtown Newberg in a Kickstarter-funded space on April 15. The menu is set to include locally sourced whole-animal butchery—think leg of lamb with kale and shell-bean ragout and woodfired sirloin steak sandwiches with red onion marmalade. 720 E. First St. Newberg, OR

Hawks View Cellars Tasting Room Now Open: Just a 30-minute drive out of the city, Hawks View Cellars provides a view of five Cascade peaks, a cozy living room atmosphere, and wine tastings from a variety of West Coast AVAs. Open on weekends, just in time for spring! $15, Saturday/Sunday 11am-5pm. 20210 SW Conzelmann Rd., Sherwood, OR.


Full Sail Brewing is Craft Brewer of the Year

Beverage World Magazine has deemed Full Sail Brewing the Craft Brewer of the Year for their “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity.” 25 years ago, the small company pioneered early craft brewing in a small space in Hood River overlooking kite- and windsurfers. They’ve maintained standards for excellence in their beers, an employee owned business model, and over 300 awards for sustainable practices.

Two Oregon Meaderies Win Medals at the Mazer Cup: Two Oregon Meaderies won medals at the prestigious mead-only Mazer Cup International competition. If you’re jonesing for a drink with a 20,000 year old history, check out the award winners: “Elegance” from Kookoolan World Meadery and “Ginger Session Mead” from Nectar Creek Honeywine. “Elegance” won for its full-bodied semi-sweet flavor, made from raw honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, and beeswax. The ginger-y winner from Nectar Creek placed for its fresh ginger nose, and is great paired with Asian foods.


New Brunch Service at Willem’s on Main: Vancouver Main Street's casual dining epicenter is set to bring French-Italian flair to brunch audiences. The new menu features a localvore emphasis, seasonal options, and a variety of boozy brunch cocktails. Brunch 10am-2pm, Saturdays and Sundays.907 Main St, Vancouver, WA

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