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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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How to pretend to drink this holiday season

It was W.C. Fields who most famously warned ”never trust a man that doesn’t drink” — and many abstainers from alcohol will tell you that his advice is taken more often than you might think. Now, as an Appalachian American, I’m not one to shy away from a glass of Kentucky bourbon (or just “bourbon,” as any drinker worth his salt knows it) — and I’ve been known to end my day with one to…

Local craft distilling lags behind beer — for now

Throw a rock in Maine, and you’ll probably hit a brewer. The state’s beer tradition has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. But our craft distillers aren’t too shabby either — even if they might seem less visible.I sat down for a rye with Ned Wight, who owns and operates New England Distilling in Riverside. Wight’s small factory and barrel storage facility produces gin, traditional colonial rum, and the aforementioned rye whiskey. I wanted to know…
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