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The Key to Virtual Happy Hour: Simplicity

Easy cocktails, hand sanitizer... and liquor—which can now be delivered to your door
It's a strange world we're living in. We have a real-life pandemic calling for social distancing, and now all the bars are closed and our nation has called upon distilleries to make hand sanitizer.

Platypus Pub Extinct

Beer bar and homebrew shop's closing mark end of an era
On March 9, I joined a small group of regulars and beer industry folks gathered to pay their respects on the final night for one of Bend's original beer bars, The Platypus Pub. Open in the basement of the old Nazarene church-turned-fine-dining-restaurant-turned-homebrew shop since 2011, the Platypus Pub was a lived-in, homey basement bar focused on great beer and camaraderie.

She Can Brew It

10 Barrel's Brewmaster of Research and Development gives a look inside her relationship with beer
The craft beer industry has evolved over the years, and imagining it as a male-only trade would be silly. Plenty of women brew beer, and Central Oregon is lucky to host a lot of that talent right here.

Foraging the Forest

In search of a delicious cocktail, courtesy of Mother Nature
Maybe it happens after a u-pick berry outing or a mushroom hunting trip in which you finally discover a stash of morels. However it comes on, foraging can be addictive.

The Spirit of Oregon Beer

A statewide collaboration that catches the Oregon vibe
This Saturday marks the 12th annual iteration of the statewide brewery open house, Zwickelmania. Organized by the Oregon Brewers Guild, Zwickelmania gives beer lovers an intimate peek behind the curtain and into the cellars of breweries around the state.

Out in the "Woods"

Sipping beer at Shade Tree Brewing
F or my second piece of 2020, I stuck with my promise to review more beers outside of Bend.

Beer Fest on the Lake

Inaugural beer festival at The Suttle Lodge benefits Oregon Adaptive Sports
The Suttle Lodge and Boathouse hosted its first Winter Beer Fest last weekend, donating a portion of its sales to Oregon Adaptive Sports. Brewers from Central Oregon, Portland, McMinnville, Hood River and throughout the Pacific Northwest came together to pour a few signature and specialty brews.

Collectively Built Spirits

Through connection, The Walter Collective finds art in distilling
I remember The Walter Collective vodka. That's notable, because I can't say I've sampled another vodka that left an impression.

Emerging Cocktail & Spirit Trends

Keep An Eye on Five Fads
Scanning the sea of glass bottles shelved in the liquor section of Newport Market, I looked for new local spirits. Not having luck, I posed the question to the attendant.

Defining Beer

What's beer, and what's just beer-flavored beer?
Before early microbreweries extolled the virtues of Cascade hops and two-row barley malt, there was a time when most people hadn't the haziest idea what beer actually is. People knew beer came in a bottle or a can, their dads reached for one after a hard day at work and that beer is what you chugged in college—but most people didn't think about it beyond that. Early "microbrewers" fought an uphill battle educating customers about the process and ingredients of traditional beer styles.

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