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Food-movement offshoot: Natural wine bar puts Portland on cutting edge

With one-year-old Washington Avenue retail shop Maine & Loire a certified success and a bar called Drifter’s Wife under development in the front of the same space, business and life partners Orenda and Peter Hale are thrusting Maine to the forefront of the natural wine movement. “There’s definitely something afoot,” says Peter. Though it gets a lot of attention from high-end publications, natural wine is mostly only popular in “tiny pockets within larger markets” like…

An Ale by Any Other NameThe Arbitrary Nature of “New Beer Styles”

I drank a beer last week called Cult Rider from Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing. The beer is labelled as an imperial black IPA. It’s excellent: a beer that smacks you in the mouth but also has a ton of depth and which cuts a very long and slow track across the palate. But it’s not an imperial black IPA, it’s a super hoppy imperial stout, or maybe it isn’t.

Holiday beers that don't suck

The holidays are here again, and with them, the trials of interacting with family members, the massive lines at the post office and the spunky drone of holiday-themed muzak everywhere you turn. Give thanks that holiday beers are here to help! In the age of religious and cultural pluralism, the notion of a “holiday beer” is a cloudy one. Is it a beer laced with frankincense? With schmaltz? With ghee? Last year, I picked a…
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Holiday beers that don't suck

The holidays are here again, and with them, the trials of interacting with family members, the massive lines at the post office and the spunky drone of holiday-themed muzak everywhere you turn. Give thanks that holiday beers are here to help! In the age of religious and cultural pluralism, the notion of a “holiday beer” is a cloudy one. Is it a beer laced with frankincense? With schmaltz? With ghee? Last year, I picked a…
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Boozy brunchWhere day drinking is acceptableDrinking and brunch go together like bacon and more bacon. In Portland the options for great boozy brunches are practically endless. These restaurants provide an opportunity for delicious grub, tasty drinks, and the wholesale observation of hungover 20-somethings. But it’s important to know before you go. After all, is there anything worse than a terrible Bloody Mary? Here are a few of my favorite brunch spots that also have outstanding…
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