Portlanders love beer. We adore it.
There are more than 200 breweries and brew pubs in the state of Oregon with more than half of those breweries in the Portland metro area alone.
Gigantic Brewing made headlines just a few days ago by introducing their new take on coffee beer at a festival dedicated solely to the mating of coffee and beer (sounds like peanut butter and chocolate to us).
How did beer, craft beer, in particular, become so popular in Portland?
Portland is filled with a never-ending variety of events with a lot involving food… and beer. Man, do we love food and beer. At the beginning of September each year, we turn our stomachs to the Bite of Oregon, an annual event featuring purveyors of food and beer from all around our amazing state.
Portlanders love Amazon Prime and who wouldn’t? A Pacific Northwest-based company (sure, it’s in Seattle, but we won’t hold that against them) that offers free two-day shipping, streaming video and music, and even home delivery within a couple hours for just $99 a year? Where do we sign up?! (actually, click here if you want to start the addiction)
What could make it better? How about delivery of beer and wine in two hours or less?
What is it?
Casa Naranja serves Mediterranean tapas in the good ol’ Mississippi in Portland. For any one confused by tapas (like I was), these are just small plates of food… tasty, tasty food.
Where is it?
How is it?
Casa Naranja was one of those restaurants that I always meant to try, but whenever I walked by, I never got the courage to go inside. Maybe it was the fiery sign that I found intimidating, or maybe it was the single flight of stairs that I would have to walk up in order to go inside. Whatever it was, I have no idea what made me not want to venture in… tapas are tasty (and alliterative)!