A lot of people think I am obsessed with craft beer, mostly because I am. My wife thinks I am an “alcoholic” which is clearly not the case. I drink beer because I savor the flavor. I do not drink beer to get drunk. We recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Chicago, Illinois. Portland is considered the beer capital of the world and “Beervana” for good reason. Oregon has over 200 brewpubs across 60 cities and 52 of these are within the Portland city limits. We have been here for about 6 weeks now and I have gone crazy exploring the various breweries, pubs, and beer stores to figure out which ones I enjoy the most. This post is a comprehensive reflection on my experiences thus far.
I will be covering my experiences over three posts.
Post #1: Breweries and Brewpubs
Post #2: Pubs and Taprooms
Post #3: Festivals and Events
Warning: These are my personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I apologize in advance if you do not agree with them. I try to be fair but at the same time honest. Also please keep in mind there are several places I still have yet to visit.
I can not say enough good things about Hopworks. They offer some of the best beers and food in Portland. The beer is also 100% organic! My wife and I have been to the main location on the East side numerous times and we recently tried the BikeBar location as well. The food is consistently great and I absolutely love all of their beers. I have not had a beer yet that I did not enjoy. Hopworks has quickly become the “go to” place for us when we don’t really have reason to go elsewhere and just want to have a good experience.
Boneyard is based out of Bend and had a really cool story behind its beginnings. They started out by buying up old, used equipment that other breweries did not want anymore, thus coining the “Boneyard Beer” naming. Besides producing top notch beer that somewhat reminds me of Three Floyds, it is pretty hard to find in Portland. They do not distribute via cans or bottles – only kegs. It can be quite difficult to find it on tap some days. I haven’t made it down to Bend yet to check out their tasting room but man do they make great beer.
Deschutes has been around since 1988. Their Mirror Pond Ale is considered a Portland/Oregon classic and can be found nearly everywhere in Portland. I have been to the Portland location several times. The first time was during my interview trip. The experience I had was so great it fueled me to seriously pursue the job opportunity I was flown out for. The food is great and the beer is phenomenal. They have a crazy large brewing capacity and a gigantic spectrum of beer styles that they produce. Their Fresh Squeezed IPA features one of the best uses of mosaic and citra hops I have ever experienced.
Raccoon Lodge and Cascade are kind of one in the same. They brew the regular craft beers (IPAs, porters, stouts, etc.) at Raccoon Lodge. Then, they take some of those beers over to Cascade Barrel House and age them in barrels with various fruits for up to 3 years to make sour beers. Before moving to Portland I had never really tried a sour beer to my knowledge. One day after visiting Green Dragon we noticed Cascade Barrel House across the street and decided to do a couple tasters. This was a life changing experience and I have been in love with sours, wild ales, and lambics ever since. They offer a broad spectrum of sour beers from “soda pop sour” to “face puckering sour.” The prices on the sours are really high but makes since when you think about the 2-3 year aging process that the beers go through. That is a long time to hang on to product before you see a return on investment!
Raccoon lodge is within walking distance of our apartment and we go there often. They always have at least 3 of their sours on tap. I honestly find most of their non-sour beers to be average at best with a surprise every now and then. Raccoon Lodge has great food on top of the beer as well. Thanks to Cascade I am really looking forward to Puckerfest later in July. It features sour beers from all over.
#5: Lompoc Sidebar
Sidebar is a small bar that features Lompoc’s small batch and specialty beers that you won’t necessarily find at their other locations. I went ahead and tried a flight of all of the beers they had to offer on tap and I was pleasantly surprised. The beer is fantastic, the server was very friendly, and the appetizers we got were great as well. We will definitely be back to Sidebar and now I really want to try Lompoc’s other locations as well. C-Note features 6 different hops that all start with the letter C (Cascade, Centennial, etc.) and is quite a delicious beer. I found Kick Axe to be a very underrated pale ale as well.
Pints is one of the newer breweries in Portland. While they are still adjusting their recipes and tweaking things I find most of their beers to be pretty dang good for being so new. They also just recently got a new head brewer that has some crazy experience under his belt (his own yeast strains from Europe, etc). I have noticed improvement already as Pints is my typical lunch spot at work. They do not have a big menu but it includes most of the standard pub fare. I will definitely keep going back to see what they keep coming up with.
Rogue used to be my favorite brewery on the planet until I moved to Portland. We no longer support them because they treat their employees like crap. Don’t believe me? Just google it. For shame!
Thats all I have for this one. Until next time, enjoy a pint for me!
My wife and I recently moved to Portland from Chicago. We are in an apartment complex in South West Portland. We are as close as you can get to Beaverton while still being technically in Portland. We are absolutely in love with the area! Everything is so lush and green. Trees are everywhere. This is exactly the kind of place that my wife and I want to live. It has been a while since I last blogged and I normally blog about technology or software related topics. This time I really wanted to reflect on my experiences from our first three days in Portland.
We are both still battling a violent virus that we acquired right before the move. As a result we haven’t been able to start making our routine visits to the local breweries in the area. We did discover a lot of other cool stuff though.
Good bye Starbucks. I wont be looking back after having easy access to this coffee. It is served practically everywhere we have been so far and we both really like it.
The Tao of Tea
My wife and I have been consumers of high quality loose leaf teas for a very long time. In Portland we discovered this great find that already is one of our favorites.
New Seasons Market
This place reminds me of my old coop that I went to all of the time when I was studying at SIUC in Carbondale, IL. My wife and I immediately fell in love with it.
Down to Earth Cafe
I found this gem on Yelp. It had great reviews and they were dead on. We will definitely be going back soon.
I am sure I’ll have another blog post soon once we get over this virus and we have a chance to get out a bit more. I have big plans for trying all of the local breweries and I will likely blog about that soon.
MySQL community edition has a bad reputation for not performing well enough for enterprise level usage. This is why originally a lot of open source shops jumped ship for postgres. The Percona team has made a significant series of changes to the InnoDB storage engine which they package as a drop-in replacement called Percona XtraDB. You can find an itemized list list of changes on their website. Many of these are optimizations for performance. You can also see a recent performance comparison on their website here.
This collective boost of performance is what makes it so appealing to me. Percona’s devotion to open source is absolutely fantastic. All of their software is completely open source and they make all of their profit through training, support, and consulting. The company I work for has a Gold support contract with them. I have been using this support rather often lately and they have provided us with top notch responses. I have applied several of their suggestions, tips, and tricks to my daily efforts on various projects and it has had a noticeably positive impact on results.
They also have several added value pieces I use pretty much every day, including:
If you are interested in learning more about Percona and high performance MySQL you can find a sea of information at the following links.
I just changed employers a few weeks ago and went from a psql shop to a mysql shop. One of the things that I missed was the ability to set a pager in a .psqlrc file and get readable output from query results. After some digging and ignoring the posts about \G and vertical output which is nearly useless to me I finally found out the proper flags for less to achieve what I wanted.
On the fly:
mysql> \P less -S PAGER set to 'less -S'
$ vim ~/.my.cnf
Add the following…
[client] pager = less -S
I recently started listening to the Sarlacc Pit Podcast over at Galactic Binder. I really enjoy listening and they talk about some very interesting stuff. They have created a Kickstarter project to fund a Star Wars trivia book that Chris is working on. I would really like to see it get funded so I can have a copy for my (future) kids. One of the excerpts that really captured my attention:
This book is for all ages, but was created for the first and second Star Wars generation, to pass along the love of the movies to our third generation and beyond. This book will help to excite the younglings who have only known the “Clone Wars”. Watching these movies, they will become more intrigued as they search for answers.
Please pledge $5 or more and help this project fund!
Lindsey Stirling had a strange, but wonderful idea – to mix the violin with the wonderful genre of dubstep! Without further introduction, I present you with a song titled Crystallize which is her first song experimenting with this mix. I really like it and hope you do as well.
This track can be downloaded from her website in high quality for $0.99! Please check out her website and support her at http://lindseystirlingviolin.com/store/crystallize-single/