Shipwreck PDX

I was able to attend Shipwreck PDX at their first pop up in March at Jacqueline, and they made my Eater PDX top pop up list. I plan to attend again at their next pop up in May 15 next from 5 PM to 2 AM at Taqueria Nueve, which is now additionally partnering with Rum Club while waiting for your table. It’s a strong sign how they are continually improving and actively making choices by learning from their experience in March.

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A Look at Lafitte’s

Lafitte’s, a hidden bar located on the 2nd floor of The Waiting Room in NW Portland at 2327 NW Kearney Street, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7 PM – midnight beginning May 2nd (today!), and will feature a variety of bubbles, cocktails, and  absinthe. I was invited to attend a media sneak preview, and here’s a look at some of the tastes I shared.
Lafitte's, a hidden bar located on the 2nd floor of The Waiting Room in NW Portland at 2327 NW Kearney Street, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7pm-midnight beginning May 2nd, and will feature a variety of bubbles, cocktails, and absinthe. Lafitte's is run by Chazz Madrigal (cocktail program manager) Lafitte's, a hidden bar located on the 2nd floor of The Waiting Room in NW Portland at 2327 NW Kearney Street, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7pm-midnight beginning May 2nd, and will feature a variety of bubbles, cocktails, and absinthe. Lafitte's also has a small bites menu
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Why you should go to Toast 2017

Coming soon on Saturday February 18 is Toast 2017. This annual event from the Oregon Distillers Guild gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 120 spirits from across the Northwest, the Country and the Globe.
Booths at Toast, an annual event by the Oregon Distillers Guild that gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 100 spirits from across the local Northwest, the Country and the Globe (tastings and bite snacks included in admission) Booths at Toast, an annual event by the Oregon Distillers Guild that gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 100 spirits from across the local Northwest, the Country and the Globe (tastings and bite snacks included in admission)

I am a huge fan of this event in learning especially about locally artisan spirits, and it’s a unique chance to be able to taste these spirits without committing to a whole drink or a bottle. Each of the booths is manned by representatives of that distillery, they are very knowledgeable about their products unlike most regular liquor store employees, so you can really have a conversation to understand what makes their product unique and what goes into each bottle.

A booth at Toast, an annual event by the Oregon Distillers Guild that gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 100 spirits from across the local Northwest, the Country and the Globe (tastings and bite snacks included in admission) Spirits

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VoteSom Cocktail Election

Starting yesterday and until Monday November 14, there’s another way you can make your vote count – and thankfully it’s not so heavy as the future of this country and your local government that will be decided. Instead, this is a more fun election: a VoteSom Cocktail Election, aka Pok Pok’s #VoteSom Election Week Cocktail Competition.
Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar comes in a variety of flavors that includes ones that are available all year round and special edition ones

Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar is doing an election-inspired cocktail competition event called #VoteSom happening at bars all around Portland. All of the participating bars were offered three seasonal flavors of Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar to choose from:

  • Cranberry
  • Szechuan Peppercorn
  • Honey

Pok Pok Som Honey Drinking Vinegar
The participating bar then used that flavor and their creativity to create a cocktail candidate which will be on their menu for the next two weeks. During that time, anyone can go out and try the cocktails, then visit Pokpoksom.com/vote-som to VOTE for the cocktail they think is the best! The winning drink recipe will be featured on the Pok Pok Som website so you can recreate it at home to impress your friends or enjoy as many as you want without judgement!

Below are the participating bars and their cocktail ‘candidates’ launching on menus for the 2016 VoteSom Cocktail Election. I’m going to be possibly doing a little cocktail tour next week to check out what are the positions of each of these candidates.

  • American Local – “Oh! Pear” – Pear gastrique, orgeat, Pok Pok Som Honey drinking vinegar, El Dorado 3 year Rum, Angostura Bitters (3003 SE Division St)
  • NePo 42 – “Bigly” with muddled cucumber, lime, cilantro, simple syrup, mezcal, averna, soda, and the Pok Pok Som Szechuan Peppercorn drinking vinegar with a sugar cayenne pepper rim (5403 NE 42nd Ave)
    VoteSom Cocktail Election entrant from NePo 42 of Bigly with muddled cucumber, lime, cilantro, simple syrup, mezcal, averna, soda, and the Pok Pok Som Szechuan Peppercorn drinking vinegar with a sugar cayenne pepper rim
  • Southpark Seafood – “Lil’ Som Som” – Whiskey, Applejack Brandy, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, and a dash of House Made Cinnamon Bitters (901 SW Salmon St)
    Southpark Seafood VoteSom Cocktail Election Candidate of Lil' Som Som, a cocktail with Whiskey, Applejack Brandy, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, and a dash of House Made Cinnamon Bitters
  • Spud Monkey’s – “The Monkey Smash” – Muddled Lemons, Vanilla 360, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, Splash Sour, Sugar Rim (17312 NE Halsey St)
  • StormBreaker Brewing – “This Cocktail is Rigged” – Espolon Reposado tequila, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, lime juice, StormBreaker Brewing ‘When I Froot’ blood orange-conditioned blonde ale (832 N Beech St)
    StormBreaker Brewing This Cocktail is Rigged with Espolon Reposado tequila, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, lime juice, StormBreaker Brewing 'When I Froot' blood orange-conditioned blonde ale for Som Som #VoteSom campaign
  • Swift & Union – “Bad Sombre” – Hendricks Gin, Pok Pok Som Honey drinking vinegar, Angostura bitters, Lemon and simple syrup, this cocktail will also be their featured happy hour cocktail for $5 M-F 4 PM – 6 PM! (8103 N Denver Ave)
    Pom Pom Som #VoteSom campaign, this nominee by Swift and Union is the Bad Sombre with Hendricks Gin, Pok Pok Som Honey drinking vinegar, Angostura bitters, Lemon and simple syrup Pom Pom Som #VoteSom campaign, this nominee by Swift and Union is the Bad Sombre with Hendricks Gin, Pok Pok Som Honey drinking vinegar, Angostura bitters, Lemon and simple syrup
  • Tabor Tavern – “Pick Poket” –  Prairie Cucumber vodka, Orchard apricot liquor, Pok Pok Som Szechuan Peppercorn drinking vinegar, club soda (5325 E Burnside St)
    VoteSom Cocktail Election entrant from Tabor Tavern of Pick Pocket with Prairie Cucumber vodka, Orchard apricot liquor, Pok Pok Som Szechuan Peppercorn drinking vinegar, club soda
  • The Liquor Store {not a real liquor store} – “Not just Som Toddy” – Hot toddy with bourbon, lemon, raw organic honey, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, and a splash of orange juice.(3341 SE Belmont St)
    Are you researching the candidates of the Pok Pok Som #VoteSom Cocktail Election? Here's one from The Liquor Store their nominee is Not just Som Toddy Hot toddy with bourbon, lemon, raw organic honey, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, and a splash of orange juice Are you researching the candidates of the Pok Pok Som #VoteSom Cocktail Election? Here's one from The Liquor Store their nominee is Not just Som Toddy Hot toddy with bourbon, lemon, raw organic honey, Pok Pok Som Cranberry drinking vinegar, and a splash of orange juice

I’m a fan of Pok Pok Som multiple flavors because the sour acidity that the drinking vinegar offers in a cocktail or even just with club soda is really refreshing. If you have not heard of Pok Pok Som before, they originated from Pok Pok and are a variety of sweet and tart fruit and vinegar based concentrate available in different flavors.

I’m really intrigued by the one from South Park Seafood (and I also love whiskey), and the one with beer from Stormbreaker Brewing. South Park Seafood, by the way, was the winner of the last cocktail competition with Pok Pok Som during the past summer with their Brandy Ginger Som Sour.

Which of these sounds intriguing to you or are you tempted to go try?

 

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Barlow PDX October Cocktails

I’ve been a big fan of Barlow Artisanal Cocktail bar since they opened 2 years ago – the vintage atmosphere is glamorous, and the cocktails there are a combination of tasty and also a show! I wanted to highlight their October cocktails that I tried last week which are a sly nod to Halloween.
Barlow PDX special Halloween inspired cocktails during my visit October 2016

I always like sitting at the bar as I have always found the best service at the bar and am willing to sacrifice the more cushy seats by the windows that are also perfect for huddling among friends or coworkers for chatting over your drinks or with your date before a show or day downtown. Barlow is literally across the street from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and a block away from Regal Cinemas Fox Tower. They are also a great place for drinks downtown being only a few blocks from many hotels or after a day visiting museums like the the Oregon Historical Society or Portland Art Museum.

The exterior of Barlow Artisanal Bar The interior of Barlow Artisanal BarThe interior of Barlow Artisanal Bar The interior of Barlow Artisanal Bar 

Besides, by sitting at the bar you can watch them make all the cocktails using liquid nitrogen to cool the glass… a show all night long of mixology magic.

Here’s a look at what I sampled that had a nice nod to the spooky time coming up. Above, you saw the Fraise Corpse Reviver cocktail with Strawberry Sour laced with absinthe with choice of Ransom Dry Gin (fashioned after Holland styles but produced locally here in Oregon) or Bols Genever Gin (Holland). I loved that all the drinks offered an option of two spirits – so even if you like a particular drink, you could try it two different ways if you like. This particular cocktail is dangerously delicious and easy to drink –  I didn’t find it sour as so much half strawberry and half anise flavor with herbaceous backbone.

My favorite was the White Zombie cocktail with coconut cream and tropical tonic and overproof rum of either Cruzan Estate Light Rum or El Dorado 3 year. This is obviously fruity and creamy and what I really liked was the mouthfeel texture which is something you don’t always get in cocktails. This drink would be perfectly in place on the beach or pool side too.
Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of White Zombie cocktail with coconut cream and tropical tonic and overproof rum of either Cruzan Estate Light Rum or El Dorado 3 year.

Ghost World cocktail with apple and mint and Japanese whiskey choice of either Suntory Toki or Nikka Coffey Grain was one that is surprisingly light despite the whisky base because Japanese whiskeys are more mild and smooth than American and Europe Whiskey and has threads of slight fruit and floral notes that are subtle. Japanese whiskys are gaining popularity and trending –  learn more at this great Thrillist article on Japanese whisky brands.
Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Ghost World with apple and mint and Japanese whiskey choice of either Suntory Toki or Nikka Coffey Grain Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Ghost World with apple and mint and Japanese whiskey choice of either Suntory Toki or Nikka Coffey Grain Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Ghost World with apple and mint and Japanese whiskey choice of either Suntory Toki or Nikka Coffey Grain

Tempest Tea, an uprooted colonial punch with brandy, peach, and islay smoke with either George Dickel Rye or James E Pepper rye – check out the layers in the glass. The smokiness here is a mellow compliment to the punch that I could also imagine in a glass handled punch glass.
Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Tempest Tea, an uprooted colonial punch with brandy, peach, and islay smoke with either George Dickel Rye or James E Pepper rye Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Tempest Tea, an uprooted colonial punch with brandy, peach, and islay smoke with either George Dickel Rye or James E Pepper rye Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Tempest Tea, an uprooted colonial punch with brandy, peach, and islay smoke with either George Dickel Rye or James E Pepper rye

Ernest, Old Pal cocktail is a Beachcomber’s Negroni riff with secretly blended spiced grapefruit (I think it includes cinnamon…?) with Hamilton Overproof Dark Rum or Lemon Hart 151 is not a Halloween inspiration, but instead a nod to Donn Beach (Ernest) the founding father of Tiki.
Barlow PDX cocktail for October 2016 of Ernest, Old Pal a Beachcomber's Negroni with secretly blended spiced grapefruit with Hamilton Overproof Dark Rum or Lemon Hart 151 is a nod to Donn Beach (Ernest) the founding father of Tiki.

I ran out of steam/ahem sobriety so can’t speak for the Candy Warhol cocktail with Brazilian fruit and rhubarb and choice of Gordon’s or Ketel One vodka but here’s a shot from their Instagram

Since I last wrote about them two years ago, they have scaled back their food menu which is also now simplified to primarily snacks, with the main hearty bites (which you might need if you have more than a couple drinks) of grilled cheese, Croque Madame, or a double burger, or go with rich cheesiness with their Poutine or with their Mac and Cheese. The food is intended as something to nibble on or keep you sober rather than be a dinner meal. And their frites go with everything! They have an early and late happy hour – Mon and Sat 3 – 6 PM and 10 PM – midnight.

Which of these cocktails sounds up your alley? Have you been to or heard of Barlow before?

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