me and booze, a natural combination

Greetings Portlanders and wish-you-were Portlanders (I know you’re out there, I was once one of you.)

My name is Derrick and I’m new here. I’m an east coast transplant on year 3 in PDX. That’s out of the way now, good.

I like beer, wine, food and the occasional spirit and will probably write about those things a good deal. I also dig sports and faux sports (I’m looking at you, ultimate fribsee). I have some interest in civics and development and I’m intrigued by the sweeping impact of the sustainability/green trend. I profess expertise in none of these things.

So that this post has some use to you, let me pass along a few events I’m geeked about.

First, if you like beer and aren’t a complete and utter hermit, you probably know that Deschutes Brewery, the impeccable central Oregon brewery that’s a master of classic NW style ales, is opening a new public house in the Pearl (NW Davis and 11th). But what you may not know is that there’s an opportunity to get in the door before the masses. Oregon Trout and Deschutes are hosting a pre-opening extravaganza on April 26 from 7-10 p.m. $50 gets you in the door, two brews, food and entertainment. For more info, visit Not having to drive to Bend to get public-house-only-small-batch-brews from one of the best breweries in the nation? … count me in.

Deschutes will have some competition in the Pearl on the weekend of May 2, as the annual Portland Independent Wine Festival will be running May 2-4 from 3 – 6 p.m., each day. This is a great chance to meet the winemakers at over 30 small craft wineries throughout Oregon and drink their splendid wine. There will also be classes and tastings. Check for more info.

Speaking of independent wine makers, I’ve got one more event for you. Anne Amie Vineyards in Carleton will be hosting a tasting of estate pinot noirs from the Yahmill Carleton AVA on April 26. Sixteen wineries, many without there own tasting rooms, will be participating. I was at Anne Amie Saturday … bright, clean whites and some damn tasty pinots, to go with top notch service. $10 gets you in the door. check

So, there’s a little about me and a few events to get you started. Now I want to know, what do YOU want to know about? Why do you come here? What do you want to read about? Events? Openings? Tech happenings? Music? Hit up the comments and give the new guy some initiative to go forth and gather.

5 Comments so far

  1. brewcaster on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

    Most importantly, Derrick looks JUST LIKE John Cusack.

    Also, he is a pretty awesome dude.

  2. divebarwife on April 11th, 2008 @ 7:27 am

    So does than mean people sing Peter Gabriel at you everywhere yo go?

  3. derrickvee on April 11th, 2008 @ 7:34 am

    They would, but deep down they know I’m more of a Phil Collins guy. That’s me outside your window with my boombox blasting "One More Night." If No Jacket Required isn’t one of the most underrated albums of all times, I don’t know what is.

  4. dieselboi on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:06 am

    Do you use a face cleansing gel mask also? What color of bone are your business cards?

  5. derrickvee on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:11 am

    I’d tell you, but I have to go return some video tapes. Also, I’m meeting Cliff Huxtable for lunch at the Four Seasons.

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