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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More on Irish Whisky (Plus 11-year-old Stout)

Well, it's that time of the year. Our Disney-fied version of St. Patrick's day is in full commercial gear, leprechauns and pots of gold a'plenty. Fortunately, more serious people are delving into actual Irish culture. John Foyston reports that whisky expert (say with a brogue now, you lot) Stuart Ramsay is doing some beer-and-Irish-whisky tastings for the season. And these are two events you should really consider seriously. (Predictably, the article from the print edition isn't online. No idea how you're losing subscribers, fellas! John posted the press release on his blog, though.)
And the perfect Celtic marriage is a dram of whiskey and a porter back. I've teamed up with Ireland's only independent distillery, several local breweries and some stellar drinking establishments to explore this union.

We'll be tasting Kilbeggan, The Tyrconnell single malt and Connemara peated single malt.They are the award-winning juices from Cooley, Ireland's only independent, Irish-owned distillery. The distillery was nominated World and European Distiller of the year in 2008 for their portfolio of whiskey, so the drams and the craic will be good. I've asked some Oregon brewers to bring their porters or stouts to pair with the whiskey, and two of the chefs (Ten 01's Mike Perez and Joshua Boyd at Harborside) have designed a menu around the whiskey and beer.

There are some whisky tastings at various places, but here are the two events that will attract the particular attention of beer lovers:
Monday, March 16th 6:30 pm
Highland Still House Celtic Festival,
201 South 2nd Street, Oregon City. 503-723-6789

The three Cooley whiskies, Southern Oregon Porter and Still House appetizers. The brewer, Anders Johansen, will be joining us.
$25 at the tent entrance. Please RSVP.

Tuesday, March 17th 5:00 pm
McCormick & Schmick's Harborside at the Marina

The three Cooley whiskies paired with beers from Full Sail's Master Brewer, John Harris. (Including John's 11 Year Old Imperial Stout with the Connemara.) Chef Joshua Boyd has prepared a special menu for the event. At 5pm guests will gather in the bar of the restaurant; the pairing and the food begin at 5:30 pm on the mezzanine level. Mr. Harris will be joining us. $25. Please RSVP to the restaurant (and copy me if you wish) Be sure to ask for the $25 Irish Whiskey and Beer Tasting.
Twenty five bucks for that Harris 11-year-old plus whisky--hard to beat that deal.


  1. I know your thing is beer but if you're talking whisk(e)y - then if its Irish its Whiskey. If its Scottish is Whisky. The rest is crap.

    Some whisk(e)y snobs are going to ding you on this misuse of the two words. Might as well be consistent and please the masses. I've been told mixing and matching the two words is like referring to vodka as gin. :-)

  2. I be edumacated. Thanks. And ding away--everyone else does!

    How else will I learn?