The Secret Life of Beer Yeast

Yeast is the moving part of brewing, the living factory that churns sugar into alcohol, fizz, and flavor. It’s the only ingredient that’s absolutely non-negotiable....

Serendipity Thrives In Joe Swick’s Wines

The wildness, the vigor, and sometimes the flaws, mean that natural wines can be challenging to conventional aesthetic standards. But when they work, they make you want to pour convention into the spit jar.  ...

Kampai!

SakéOne makes mold marvelous. "For me, this is growing and culturing, not brewing. Flavor comes from the way these living organisms are manipulated."...

Agrarian Revolution

The road to Agrarian Ales, just north of Eugene, winds gently through the town of Coburg, full of antiques shops and charm, before giving way to flat farmland nestled between the Coast Range to the west and the Coburg Hills to the east....

Tradition with a Twist

Walk through the doors of Elixir distillery in Eugene, Oregon, and prepare for a surprise. Outside, it’s a modest industrial park; inside, it's an Italian apothecary, fragrant with bitter herbs and warm spices and presided over by Andrea Loreto, the unlikely Florentine liqueur-maker of the Willamette Valley....

Old is New Again at Antiquum Farm

Stephen Hagen stands among rows of Pinot Noir vines at his vineyard, Antiquum Farm, a few miles outside Junction City. Hens peck at the soil. Gray sheep graze in the shade of the vines, with the Coburg Hills sleeping purple on the horizon....

Perfect Pairing

Founded in 1985, a time when the number of total U.S. distilleries, small and large alike, numbered in the dozens, Clear Creek Distillery has been a stalwart of the Willamette Valley food scene for the past 30-plus years....

Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden

More than a decade ago, Barbara and Bill Steele left high-pressure corporate careers in Manhattan and Marin County to pursue small-scale sustainable farming. A daring move? Absolutely....

Beverage Artisan: Nossa Familia Coffee

Nossa Familia Coffee was the 2014 Local Hero Award winner in the Beverage Artisan category. Read about the Local Hero Awards and the nominees. Nossa Familia Coffee founder Augusto Carneiro takes pride in having the friendliest espresso bar in town. He trains his baristas not just to make and serve great coffee – which is mainly sourced straight from his family’s farm in Brazil – but also to be coffee ambassadors and educators. “If someone walks into our Espresso Bar knowing nothing about coffee,” he tells them, “that’s the best thing that could happen. Then you have an opportunity to educate them and to be their coffee hero.” We sat down with Augusto over a latte at the Nossa Familia Espresso Bar in the Pearl District...

Beverage Artisan: Sokol Blosser Winery

Sokol Blosser Winery not only produces excellent wines from organically-grown grapes, but also works to embed sustainable practices in every part of its family business....