Wednesday December 11, 2013
The name "microbrewery" may entail being small, but they deservedly have a big following here in Portland. And there are close to 50 of them right in the city, after all.
I've noted some of my faves, and I plan to revisit as many as I can to put together more full-fledged reviews of each soon (tough work, I know).
In the meantime, check out Portland's Best Brew Pubs: Eastside and Portland's Best Brew Pubs: Westside. Did I miss an important one? Please do let me know if the comments below.
Photo: Photo-bombed by Michael, the affable bartender at Rogue. ŠJoshua Liberles
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Why just walk, or crawl, between Portland's brewpubs when you could arrive in style, and with very limited sweat, courtesy of a gigantic BrewCycle bike?
The rigs seat 11 or 15, depending on the model, and each trip will hit three different Northwest Portland pubs. There are a couple of different routes, and some customization is possible.
A seat on a BrewCycle tour is just $20 Sundays through Thursdays and $25 on Fridays and Saturdays. As a BrewCycle tour member, you're also eligible for happy hour rates at each stop -- so the actual cost of the trip is even less.
Read more about the BrewCycle experience, where they go and the new BrewCycle pub that has just opened up at the company headquarters: http://portlandor.about.com/od/fooddrink/fl/BrewCycles-Pedal-Powered-Portland-Pub-Tours.htm
Photo: BrewCycle Portland Group, tutus not required. ŠJoshua Liberles
Saturday December 7, 2013
The Grotto -- a Catholic shrine just off of Sandy Boulevard that's dedicated to providing a retreat as well as comfort, support and healing to people of all faiths -- is home to two of Portland's most impressive holiday traditions. The Festival of Lights illuminates the night with 500,000 bulbs stretched across a quarter-mile path; and the Christmas Choral Festival hosts nearly 155 performances -- five per night -- from November 29th through December 30th.
The scale of these events is startling, as is the location to those who haven't visited. But the 62 acre shrine/retreat is an urban oasis, and the holiday season is an ideal time for a visit. Read more about both festivals: The Festival of Lights and Christmas Choral Festival Return to The Grotto.
Photo: Christmas Lights at the Grotto, via flickr by dolanh
Friday December 6, 2013
Christmas Ships have returned for the 59th time, parades will run almost every night from December 6th through 21st, 2013. Two fleets will rule both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, with joint, combined-fleet expeditions planned as well.
See our write-up for more info, and be sure to check christmasships.org for any last-minute cancellations.
Photo: Christmas Ships light up the rivers. Courtesy christmasships.org