Posts for October, 2014

October 24, 2014

MWL, One Year In

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 8.36.47 PMWhen Multnomah Whiskey Library opened its doors last fall, Portland had never seen anything quite like this handsome downtown den of whiskey excess, oozing old money refinement and boasting a boggling bottle collection, dashing vest-clad bartenders mixing tableside via vintage cocktail carts, and an inch-thick drink menu dubbed “The Bible.”

Word spread, waits ballooned, and the library’s memberships sold out in a snap. A year later, the waits are still as long, the bartenders are still as dashing, memberships are still as hard to come by as a bottle of Pappy, and MWL is now a firm fixture on the discerning drinker’s spirits circuit.

Last week, I retired to the Library’s Tasting Room with general manager Jake Heil and events manager Jen Quist to discuss the challenges of a seated bar, the nuances of genteel bribery, $15,000 bar tabs, and exactly who has to dust all those bottles.

Read interview on Eater>>


Follow my stomach on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.  

October 19, 2014

Choktoberfest & Ice Cream Operatics

morgansttheaterYou have a lot going on this week, no doubt about it. There are brown overalls and bits of bark to be collected for Halloween costumes (yes, I am (going to be) Groot), there are mud boots to be dug out of the basement for pumpkin patch stomping, and there’s a bunch of chocolate, beer and ice cream to be consumed.

If the latter is your main priority, as it should be, put a big heart around Thursday on the calendar, because it’s your date night with both the Portland Chocolate Mob’s Choktoberfest, and Morgan St. Theater’s Night at the Opera ice cream extravaganza, which are happening within a few hours and blocks of one another so you might as well do both. That’s my plan, anyway. Read full story »