Friday, January 13, 2006

A Taste of Portland

A display table of some wee beers at Hair of the Dog's annual sale.

The New York Times has a long article up today about Portland brew pubs, apparently promoting beer tourism here.
For people partial to fine craft brews and plenty of local color, Portland's rainy winter season is a great time to visit the city that is king of beers. Indeed, Portland has more breweries - 28 - than any other city in the nation if not the world, and it has arguably become one of the best destinations anywhere for beer-tasting...

Portland's reputation for producing quality craft beers developed in the 1980's, when Oregon repealed Prohibition-era laws banning brew pubs (restaurants with on-site breweries), helping to pave the way for the opening of several microbreweries...

About 11 percent of the beer consumed in Oregon comes from local craft brewers, representing the highest percentage of local craft beer consumption in the country, according to the Oregon Brewers Guild. The national average is only 3.4 percent.
The general picture is right, but unfortunately, the story is not a particularly informed guide when it comes to the details of microbrews or drinking in Portland. For a real guide to local beer and much else about Portland, it is much better to check out the excellent alt.portland.

And there is far more to Portland than just beer. Sadly, post 9/11 security concerns put an end to the tasteful Dial a Sailor Program, which for me was the cultural highlight of the annual Rose Festival. The 24 hour Church of Elvis is no longer with us. And all that is left of Hung Far Low Cock/ is the sign.

But we still have Wanker's Corner (a favorite of Sally Timms'), Powell's City of Books and a lot of insane bicyclists who don't seem to mind the rain.

Known for its hospitality to visiting dignitaries, Portland was dubbed little Beirut by Dubya's father after he had the poor judgment to visit here during the first Gulf War. And here is how we greeted little George's war without end.


At 1/13/2006 6:36 PM, Anonymous andy said...

Are you telling me Far Hung Low is no more? How can I go on? First Bodacious Classics and now this. Oh the inhumanity of it all. Well, at least I still have my Holiday in Beirut commemorative t-shirt. Have a Fred's for me.

At 1/13/2006 8:01 PM, Blogger Comandante AgĂ­ said...

I love microbrews. I might have to hit up Portland this summer if the wife and I end up doing a West Coast road trip.

At 1/14/2006 9:54 AM, Blogger velid said...

Let me know if you decide to come up and I'll drink a few with you.


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