All-stars and celebrity chefs of the modern culinary world took over downtown Portland for Feast last weekend. Game-changers in the food scene weren’t alone in showing their best creations — mixologists, brewers, and winemakers were along for the ride, showing off new products and unexplored pairings and combinations. Here are four of our favorite boozy happenings at Feast 2013.
Not only did The Country Cat restaurant take home the people’s choice award for its lamb burger at the Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational, the crowd favorite came up with a stellar pairing by serving Widmer Brothers Steel Bridge Porter (5.6% ABV) with its savory and sweet little burgers.
Clear Creak Distillery’s Hood River Iced Tea
Clear Creek Distillery combined Steven Smith Fez Green Tea with its own pear brandy, liqueur, and Douglas Fir Eau de Vie along with fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and Oregon-grown spearmint leaves. Served over ice, this jacked iced tea was optimal for sipping during the Feast USA Pears Night Market presented by Snake River Farms.
Sake Cider by Sake One
Sake One may be one of the largest distributers of sake in the nation, but when it comes to a fresh tasting cocktail using local ingredients the company brings it back home with its Sake Cider served at the Night Market. To make your own Sake Cider, infuse Hot Lips Pear soda with allspice berries for an hour. Remove the berries and mix with Oregon-made Moonstone Asian Pear.
Union Wine Co., maker of Underwood, Kings Ridge, and Alchemist aspires to end wine snobbery with its line of Underwood canned wines. Wine-Os at the Sandwich Invitational got a first glimpse into a new trend in wine drinking: keeping those pinkies down.
The canned wine hasn’t hit store shelves yet but we’ll keep you posted when it becomes available. Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia says it best when it comes to canned wine:
“I think it’s brilliant. I mean I’m active, I’m gesturing with my hands, and I don’t feel restricted. If I was holding a wine glass right now I’d be spilling wine all over the god damn place.”
via Drink Portland