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Unique Beers, Beachy Brewery in Southern Oregon

Are you looking for different beer styles?  Do you live in Southern Oregon or are you visiting the area? Do you like fruity flavor choices?  I have a brewery option for you, located in the heart of Medford, Oregon, Portal Brewing.  Portal is owned and operated by Mike and Theresa.      My husband and I stopped in recently to taste their beers and...

Applegate Valley: Well Balanced Food Friendly Wine

SMALL VINEYARD PRODUCING BIG RED WINES “We are a small family owned and operated Estate winery growing 5 varietals on site – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Syrah. It is our desire to grow the best fruit possible and to produce 1,000-1,500 cases of Small Lot, quality wines from that fruit.” Rex and Sandi Garoutte were in search...

Pacific Northwest 9 Day Road Trip…

9 day road trip, traveling through Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Island, Canada.  We started in Southern Oregon, Medford, and made it all the way to Seattle, close to 450 miles in one day!  On the way we stopped in Centralia, WA at the McMenamin’s Olympic Club featuring a restaurant, bars, movie theater and hotel to get some “passport” stamps and...

10 Breweries in Two Days, The Outstanding “Bend Ale Trail”

Bend Oregon has created a great marketing idea combined with great breweries, they call the Bend Ale Trail.  They even have an App to help you complete it.  Download the App “Bend Ale Trail” and visit participating breweries and scan the QR Code at each one.  Once you have been to at least 10 breweries, go to the Visitor’s Center and collect your prize,...

Memorial Day Weekend 2015 at McMenamin’s “The Grand Lodge” and Oregon Coast Outing

I decided it was time for us to take a road trip.  A perfect opportunity to hit the road and get out of town was the upcoming 3 day weekend, Memorial Day weekend 2015.  With a little research, we chose to stay at the beautiful McMenamin’s Grand Lodge located in the Pacific Northwest city, Forest Grove, Oregon.  The main goal of our trip was to have...

31st Annual Barrel Tour Umpqua Valley Winegrowers

Located in Roseburg, Oregon and surrounding area is the Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour.  Last year was the first time I had heard of this tour from a co worker who had been taking this tour with her husband every year for the past 24 years.  I was intrigued and curious about this tour and what would keep this couple coming back year after year.  Luckily...

Pub Crawl in Portland, OR

Our Portland pub crawl started at Kells.  A true Irish pub and in keeping with the theme, I ordered a classic pint, Guinness, of course.  Kells is located on SW 2nd Ave downtown Portland, close to the water front.  They have great pub food, a full bar and their own cigar bar downstairs that you must check out even if you don’t smoke, just to see and...

Enjoy Great LOCAL Wines: Recommendations for Christmas Dinner!

Christmas dinner in our family consists of Prime Rib with horseradish sauce and Au jus, potatoes, mixed vegetables and Yorkshire pudding with gravy, YUM. If you have never tried Yorkshire pudding before it is not an actual pudding, it’s a savory soft bread kind of a roll made from batter consisting of eggs, flour and milk, hard to describe, but is absolutely...

McMenamin’s 2nd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest

My first McMenamin’s brew fest! Several past and present brewers from McMenamin’s concocted new beers for this competition. There were 14 different seasonal beers offered. Some of them include Blood of the Beast DIRA, Oak-aged Redcap’s Tooth Scotch Ale, Jacks’ Pumkin Dunkelweizen, Rum Flew over the Coconut Porter, Saucy Goat Doppelbock, and many more…....

Wine and Beer Travels Brought me to Arch Rock Brewing

Arch RockThe Oregon coast has the reputation of being cold, windy and rainy, however it can also be warm and sunny.  We drove from Brookings, OR and drove north to Bandon.  While meandering through the coast road we stopped in Gold Beach for lunch at Port Hole Cafe, located next to Jerry’s Jet Boats.   In the process of deciding on what to eat we noticed...

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