Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Bar Tab, our editor’s weekly selection of what to drink in the Northwest now. Full transparency, there is zero rhyme or reason to this grouping of beverages, other than that we enjoyed them and think you should too. So come on in, belly up to the counter and order a digital drink on us.
Around these parts, it’s hard not to think seasonally when eating. Summer produces berries and corn, fall with apples and lettuces, winter has pears and squash; but in spring, before the fields have bloomed with what’s to come, fresh Washington asparagus reigns supreme.
In 2014, after retiring from a 22-year naval career, Joe Behan realized he could pursue the entrepreneurial dream he always wanted. He traded in his EA-18G Growler fighter jet controls for pint glasses and founded Bastion Brewing Co. in Anacortes, Washington.
A regular homebrewer for most of his life, Behan and his wife, Christine, decided to create Bastion toward the end of 2015.
While California might be the continent’s largest wine producing region, the burgeoning enological areas of the Pacific Northwest are nipping at its heels. Lucky enough to experience all four seasons, the warm summer days and cool nights create ideal conditions for grape-growing, and the Northwest has been offering a more consistent and quality climate than the Golden State in recent years.
There are plenty of over-used phrases in wine: “bold yet balanced” and “terroir-driven” come to mind right away. There are others like “wet slate” and “subtle barnyard” that are perhaps hard to understand. Yet one phrase is both over-used and poorly understood, and that’s “food friendly.” As the wine industry grapples with a wide range of styles and tastes, claiming that your bottle is “food friendly” has become an easy crutch, even if it’s often not true.
Itching for some people-watching? Try the crowded corner of SE 6th Street and SE Ankeny in Portland, Oregon, where the newly-opened Marukin Ramen shares a building and a hallway with the equally popular Nong’s Khao Man Gai.
Ramen-loving Portlanders had been anticipating Tokyo-based Marukin’s opening for months. In this rainy city, the pursuit of a warming bowl of steaming ramen is less a hobby, and more like a religion.
When John Vissotzky tells prospective customers that he owns a distillery in Battle Ground, Washington—a city in Clark County with a population of approximately 18,000 residents—the response is usually surprise.
But when he and Steve Vissotzky, his co-owner and brother, envisioned a welcoming space that would attract residents and tourists to the tasting room of Double V Distillery, Battle Ground’s zoning requirements hit the sweet spot.
It’s not hard to find Great Northern Brewing Co.: it’s located inside the tallest building in Whitefish, Montana, rising to a towering three stories above the historic downtown of rustic Old West-style structures. Great Northern Brewing is all glass and steel, hinting at the innovative brewing happening inside. Architecture aside, the food and drink here represents a thorough homage to Montana’s scenery and culture.