The 18th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest in Portland, OR, Friday session was marked most notably for brewers who were NOT in attendance. In fact it appears this event has shrunk considerably over recent years. Missing notables were Deschutes, Bridgeport, Rogue, McMenamins – to name a few. However the 37 breweries that were there were fine representatives of the craft.
A particular treat was found at Big Bottom Whiskey. Brand Rep Monique Shearer was pouring some really fine bourbon. You can contact BB at their Portland location (link above) or find their spirits in 13 states, including Tennessee, which I thought was pretty daring of them. But after sampling it, I think they will compete very well down South.
Read the entire story at the Spring Beer & Wine Festival festival page.