Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Built by Beer Blasts Off from Bayne Building

Well, lookee here!

The blog's been on hiatus, but this was too nice not to notice:  The folks behind the creative pub crawls are doing a beer history tour.

We approve!

The tour starts from the Bayne building, on the alley off of State Street between Commercial and Liberty.

The Bayne building is a fine brick two-story, designed by William C. Knighton, who also designed Deepwood and the Supreme Court Building, and funded by the hops business of George Bayne.
Details here and here.

The history tour is free and starts at 6pm at the Bayne Building. Kylie Pine of Mission Mill will lead it. She also put together a larger map of Salem area hops highlights.

The beery part costs $15 and is self-guided. With a wristband you get tastes of beers from seven area breweries - seven! The sampling goes from 5pm to 9pm.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Go Hops!

Sorry Volcanoes...Our Hearts are with the Hops.

For more on Hops history, and ties to Salem, go here!

Bridgeport Long Ball Ale will be available at the ballpark and a few selected taps starting tomorrow.

Pretty neat.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Salemis and Salem Fires

Over at Salemis, Chris Hagan's got a neat story on fires and the buildings Salem has lost.  In the note on the Guardian building, he links to our own note on architect Fred Legg.  Glad to see Fred get some notice!

Fire, State Hotel and Schreiber Block, State Street
Salem Library Historic Photo Collection
There is some uncertainty, however on the date
see note below
Here's some other stories involving the sites of Salem fires - including some Chris discusses from a different angle.  In many cases there are empty lots where once buildings stood.

McMahan's Furniture

Oregon State Capitol

Bligh Hotel and Schreiber Block

Peerless Bakery and Chinese Tea Garden

Waters Field, Salem Senators, Hillsboro Hops

The Fire Bell, and Confusion on "Bell Tower" Brothel

Monday, April 22, 2013

Oregon Garden Brewfest Gets More Interesting Every Year

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is this weekend. Every year it gets better, and this year is no exception!

Here's the list of breweries. The New School has the list of beers (which isn't on the brewfest's own site, strangely enough).  There's a pretty good range of beers from "crafty" macro-brew clones, to beers that will interest the geekiest of beer geeks.  And the middle is represented pretty well too.

At the door admission is $15 per person, and includes admission to the Garden, a commemorative glass beer mug, and five tasting tickets. (They don't say the cost of additional tastes.) Other packages are included as well.

Opens at noon Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Have a designated driver, or stay at a hotel in taxi/stumbling distance!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Andrew Sullivan + Amicus Brief Makes Talk Tonight Essential!

Not sure why this isn't blowing up!*

Some readers may know that late yesterday a bunch of influential Republicans filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage.

Andrew Sullivan has been out in front with the conservative case for gay marriage at least since his landmark essay in 1989.

Andrew Sullivan is speaking tonight at Willamette University.

This could be electrifying!  It is hardly possible for the combination of topic and current events to be more timely!

From the press release (written last month before this all went down):
On Feb. 26, the Atkinson Lecture Series will feature Andrew Sullivan, a writer and commentator NPR calls “one of the most widely read, influential and prolific political voices online.”
Smith Auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. presentation, “Knowing (and Loving) Thine Enemy: Gays, Conservatives and Common Ground.”

"Gays are fully part of our world and it is conservative to integrate them into mainstream society - through marriage equality and full access to military service," Sullivan writes. "Such reforms contribute to the conservative values of family, personal responsibility, mutual support, and service to a greater good. There is no contradiction here."

After the lecture, Sullivan will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale in the lobby.

Tickets are available online or in the Putnam University Center beginning Feb. 11. General admission tickets are $15. Students, faculty, staff can reserve one free ticket and buy additional tickets for $5. Alumni may purchase $10 tickets through The Compass.
And here are some of Sullivan's own quick thoughts on it.

This should be a big deal.  We are in the midst of a real moment in civil rights history.  Tip a pint to history, will you?

*Oh wait, we do, actually...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tour Salem's Breweries on the Zwickelmania Shuttle Bus this Saturday

Praise the Lord and Pass the Pint! God wanted us to be happy, and He provided us with Beer.  The monks called it "liquid bread," you know.

Zwickelmania Map and Bus Times
Zwickelmania, that celebration of Oregon's birthday and its Beer and Breweries, finally has reached Salem. It happens from 11am to 4pm at five of Salem's breweries.

Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Pale Horse Brewing: 2359 Hyacinth Street NE, Salem Oregon 97301 11:15, 12:50, 2:25, 4:00
McMenamins Thompson Brewery: 3575 Liberty Rd S, Salem, OR 97302 11:40, 1:15, 2:50
Gilgamesh Brewing: 2065 SE Madrona Ave., Salem Oregon 97302 11:55, 1:30, 3:05
Santiam Brewing: 2544 SE 19th St SE, Salem OR 97302 12:10, 1:45, 3:20
Ram Restaurant & Brewery: 515 12th St SE, Salem, OR 97301 12:25, 2:00, 3:35

Zwickelmania has already taken root in Portland, Eugene, the Bend area and elsewhere, and it's great to see Salem finally join the list. 

After sampling - make sure you have a designated driver! It does no good to ride the shuttle only to get behind the wheel after a pleasant afternoon of drinking.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Toast Repeal Day and your Right to Beer on the Fifth!

Remember to toast Repeal Day tomorrow! EatSalem has news about at least one Prohibition Party.

Toast the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition!

Repeal Day is December 5th, the date in 1933 the states and nation formally ratified the 21st Amendment.