2. Speaking of homebrewing, Peter DeFazio may have a batch of IPA bubbling down the valley. He is not only a homebrewer, but co-chair of the new House Small Brewers Caucus:
The only brewer on the small brewer caucus? That'd be cool.
The five Oregon members of the U.S. House of Representatives dominate the newly formed 34-member House Small Brewers Caucus, co-chaired by Democrat Peter DeFazio and Republican Greg Walden.
In the world of House caucuses, having co-chairs from the same state delegation is unusual, but, as Walden put it, "Yes, but if you have the best beer, you want the best co-chairs...."
DeFazio has an even stronger connection with the industry; he's a longtime home brewer himself.
"Summers I brew IPA (India Pale Ale)," he said. "And I brew English ales in the winter."
3. Finally, I'm working on my long-planned Best Brewpubs in Portland post as a part of my Beervana travel guide. This may slow other posting, but behind the scenes, I'm a busy bee.