Drew Mayer

Northwest Bar Night – “Beer & The Mariners Starting Line-Up” (ep 11)

Once again, we go from tasting great beer (this time two Amber Ales) to the Mariners starting line-up!  For our first show that officially airs in summer, we celebrate with our favorite summer songs of all time.  And yet, somehow, the conversation gets directed to a certain stars’ fascination with the Mariners. Enjoy this edition of Northwest Bar Night as …

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Northwest Brewery Makes Special Beer for Pride

BREWBOUND.COM – Hop Valley Brewing Co. has released Reveal, a pale ale brewed in collaboration with ambassadors from the LGBTQ communities in Oregon, Washington and California. Available on tap and in 12-ounce bottles throughout those states, a portion of proceeds from the sale of Reveal support local and regional LGBTQ nonprofit organizations. “When we realized no brewery had created a …

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Oregon Marine Veterans Find Their Next Calling in Beer

DEMOCRATHERALD.COM – Dean Howes, one of the founders of Vagabond Brewing in Salem, had noticed Albany’s evolving and expanding beer scene, as well as the area’s growing population. So when a storefront near Heritage Mall opened up, right in the epicenter of town, where people go to the movies or shopping for groceries and more, he and his business partners …

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Booze-Free Distilled Spirits?

OZY.COM – It’s an intoxicating idea. U.K. native Ben Branson can’t make Seedlip, distilled herbal concoctions that mimic the flavor of hard liquor without alcohol, fast enough. The notion of a botanical base for booze-free drinks that are complex and nuanced — and not pumped full of caffeine or sugar — is befuddling to many. But to non-drinkers or designated …

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Northwest Bar Night – “iPhones, iCider, iLove & iLust” (ep 10)

It’s finally starting to warm-up a little, so let’s taste some Hard Cider, perfect for summer!  We try a couple of good ones tonight, and speaking of apple, we get a little hung up in apple lingo.  After all, who wants to hear just a plain “oh yes” when you could hear an “iO yes.”  Okay, maybe our operating systems …

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NFL Greenlights Hard Liquor Ads on TV in 2017 Season

CNBC.COM – The National Football League is changing its policy on hard liquor this season, at least when it comes to its advertising spots. The NFL will now allow its television partners to accept advertisements from companies that sell distilled spirits, according to the Wall Street Journal. The league will accept no more than four 30-second hard-liquor ads per game …

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Oregon Plots ‘Largest Liquor Boost’ Since Prohibition

THESPIRITSBUSINESS.COM – In February the OLCC said it had approved three new stores, and had a further three under consideration. In addition, it says it plans to open another 43 stories over the next two years. There are currently 267 liquor stores in Oregon, with the Commission using net profits from distilled spirits sales for the state general fund, and …

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Five Myths About Beer

WASHINGTONPOST.COM – Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season’s first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. “This is a golden age for beer lovers,” as The Washington Post reported in 2016. Yet …

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Northwest Bar Night – “Unicorns & Long Magical Horns” (ep 09)

When the gang at the bar discover a certain factoid about Scotland, this tasting of Scotch Ale gets a lot more interesting!  We’ll give you a hint; it has something to do with unicorns.  You may debate whether these creatures are real or not, but we had a fun time until the bartender kicked us out. Enjoy this edition of …

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The History of Moonshine Distilled

FREEBEACON.COM – The first time I tried moonshine was in the 1990s at a Fourth of July party in Washington, D.C. Someone handed me a mason jar filled with a clear liquid. The mere whiff of it made me wince—it smelled like paint thinner. But since everyone was giving it a try, I agreed to take a swig. It was …

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