Cascade Brewing to Release Three Beers In September

Cascade Brewing will release three beers in the next few days!  Today, September 13, the brewery will launch Pistil Whipped, a barrel-aged blonde ale with saffron and chamomile. Tuesday, September 17, Cascade will release two beers. Vlad the Impaler returns after an 8 year hiatus, and will re-appear in 500 ml bottles. Casual Friday, a hazy sour IPA, is a collaboration with Trap Door Brewing. For more details, check out the news release below.

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Cascade Brewing to release three packaged beers in September,
including its award-winning Vlad the Imp Aler

PORTLAND, Ore. –– Cascade Brewing has announced the release of three new packaged beers for the month of September, including two in 500ml bottles and one in 16-ounce cans. All three beers will also be available on draft.

On Friday, Sept. 13, the brewery is releasing its first bottling run of Pistil Whipped, a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with late infusions of saffron and chamomile. Pouring a rich golden-yellow from the saffron’s distinct color, this unique botanical blend captures saffron’s earthy, hay-like spice character with gentle floral and honey notes from the chamomile tea. Pistil Whipped is available in 500ml bottles and draft at the brewery's two Portland pubs and through limited distribution outlets.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 marks the return of Vlad the Imp Aler, one of the most iconic projects in Cascade's 20-year history of brewing and blending sour beer. A combination of quad and blond ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with orange peel and coriander, Vlad delivers a fresh acidity and light malt sweetness with notes of bourbon, citrus and spice. The 2017 project will be released at both Portland pubs and through Cascade's distribution channels. This marks Vlad's first bottle release since the 2011 project, and the first time it's available in 500ml bottles, as well as on draft. Vlad was the Silver Medal Winner at 2009 GABF for Barrel Aged Sour category.

Also on Tuesday, Sept. 17, Cascade will release Casual Friday, a collaboration with Trap Door Brewing of Vancouver, Wash. Casual Friday is a sour Hazy IPA made by blending Cascade's sour blond and experimental bret blond with Trap Door’s Hazy IPA hopped with Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado hops. Trap Door has packaged up a limited number of 16-ounce cans that will be available only at the two breweries’ respective pubs.

For more information, visit, and interact with the brewery on social media at @CascadeBrewing.

About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and is the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon; the company also has two taprooms in Portland, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Southeast, and the Lodge at Cascade Brewing in Southwest.

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Alesong & Friends: Wine-Grape Matured Beers

Eugene-based Alesong Brewing & Blending has been pushing traditional boundaries with its Terroir series of beer/wine hybrids. To learn more about the innovative techniques Alesong used to produce their newest Terroir beer releases, click here and here.

On October 19, the brewery is hosting Alesong & Friends. This event will offer a curated selection of 10 beer/wine hybrids crafted by other pioneers in this emerging style. A ticket to this event also includes round-trip transportation from downtown Eugene to Alesong's tasting room.

For more details, including ticket information and participating breweries, check out the news release below.

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Alesong Brewing and Blending to host third Alesong & Friends event – Harvest Edition
Rare opportunity to sample wine-grape matured beers from breweries around the country

EUGENE, OR:  Alesong will be hosting the third “Alesong & Friends” event at their tasting room October 19th, 2019. With harvest season in mind, ten wine-grape matured beers will be featured from some of our country's best breweries. Offerings from Jolly Pumpkin, Holy Mountain, Birds Fly South, Deschutes, Logsdon, pFriem, Alesong and more! Tickets are $60 and include ten 4oz pours of unique and unavailable beers with bus transportation from town to the Alesong tasting room and back, as well as Q&A with brewers from Alesong and our featured breweries in attendance!

A shuttle will leave from downtown Eugene at 4:00PM, the event will run from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, and the bus will return attendees to downtown Eugene by 9PM. Tickets can be purchased and more details can be found at

“Harvest in the Willamette Valley is always an exciting time and it feels like a great moment to be showcasing wine-grape-matured beers with some of our industry colleagues who are also enthusiastic about this emerging niche,” says Brian Coombs, Alesong Cofounder.  “We obviously love both wine and beer, but are also really finding that these beers appeal to a broad range of our customers who appreciate them for their complexity and food pairing capabilities.”

Featured breweries/beers:
  • Birds Fly South - Sea & Rhythm
  • Deschutes - Tempranillo Flanders
  • Holy Mountain - Sacrament
  • Jolly Pumpkin - Roja with currants and cabernet must
  • Logsdon - Deux Fermes Tempranillo (Alesong collab)
  • pFriem - Druif Rouge
  • Alesong - Deux Fermes Syrah (Logsdon collab)
  • And more TBD!

Alesong Brewing and Blending is a small artisan brewery based in the heart of Southern Willamette Valley wine country that crafts unique and small-batch beers with a focus on oak aging and Belgian-inspired techniques, brewing both wild and non-wild beers, using locally grown fruits, herbs and a host of special yeasts and other microbes.  Once the beer in the barrels has matured, the team samples and selects each barrel individually to blend. Paying homage to old-world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers, Alesong believes that the final, balanced blend of a barrel-aged beer is much more satisfying than the sum of its parts or each individual barrel by itself. For more information, visit

Downtown Oregon City's Wine & Cider Walk

Have you ever been to Oregon City? I haven't. I think I now have a great reason to visit!

Downtown Oregon City is hosting a Fall Wine and Cider Walk on Thursday, September 26. Participants will receive a tasting glass, a map, a tasting list, and are then set free to embark on a three hour self-guided wine and cider tasting adventure is a 5-block area of historic downtown Oregon City.  Click here for ticket info.  You can also find more details in the news release below. and the event Facebook page.

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Downtown Oregon City's Fall Wine and Cider Walk
Thursday, September 26th, 6-9PM

Downtown Oregon City hosts a Fall Wine and Cider Walk 6-9pm Thursday, September 26th, celebrating harvest season and the fermented bounty of Pacific Northwest grapes and apples. After two consecutive sold out wine walks, Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) is delighted to add local craft cider offerings to a curated selection of premium regional wines.

The fall walk begins in historic Liberty Plaza at 815 Main Street, where participants receive a custom glass, map and tasting list for their self-guided sip and stroll adventure. Fifteen downtown Oregon City businesses each host a local winery or cidery with a knowledgeable representative sampling unique offerings, sharing details about their wine and cider production techniques and providing packaged bottle/can to-go sales. The walk spans five blocks of Main Street and Railroad Avenue.

The Fall Wine and Cider Walk is part of a quarterly sip and stroll series hosted in downtown Oregon City. Tickets are limited to 400 guests; $25 cost includes all samples and a keepsake glass. Tickets are available online. DOCA’s next sip and stroll is a Winter Spirits Walk featuring local distilleries, held Thursday, December 12th. Downtown Oregon City Association is an award winning 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to building community and cultivating commerce revitalizing Oregon City’s historic downtown Oregon City.    

Oregon City was the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains and the first capital of the Oregon territory. Celebrated as the end of the rugged Oregon Trail that brought pioneers westward, this year, Oregon City celebrates 175 years since incorporation. Located just southeast of Portland, on the East side of the Willamette River the City’s unique topography includes three terraces, rising above the river. Historic Main Street is the ‘living room’ of the city and welcomes local and visitors alike.

Hosting Downtown Businesses include:
You Can Keep Your Hat On, Nebiollo Wine Bar, NextHome Realty, Oregon City Records, Mary Rose NW Boutique, Modified Screen Printing, Maizee Mae's Antiques & Treasures, Mad Genius, LiveEdge Eco Salon, Coin Corner, 818 Lounge, Haunted Oregon City, Ghoul Gallery, Sleep Dreams, Black Ink Coffee/White Rabbit Gifts

Wineries/Cideries include:
Dobbes Family Estate/Wines by Joe, Wines from Vhers Distributing, Portland Cider, Christopher Bridge Wine, Campbell Lane Winery, King's Raven Winery,15 Mile Winery, Tumwater Vineyard, WildCraft Cidery, Stone Circle Cidery, 12 Bridges Cidery, Coopers Hall Winery, Happy Valley Cidery, Bull Run Cidery, Alter Ego Cider/Helioterra Wines

McMenamins Goes Wild with Cerberus

In the last few years, we've seen many breweries release mixed fermentation and wild ales. McMenamins is no stranger to this realm. I got my first taste of their Cerberus Wild Ale three years ago at the Cornelius Pass Roundhouse Brewfest. In that incarnation (pictured below), three wheat beers were blended, inoculated with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, and aged for four months in a Hogshead whisky barrel. While I don't have my tasting notes, it was a memorable beer!

2016 McMenamins Cerberus

Flash forward three years, and McMenamins has released Cerberus in 500ml bottles. This year's edition is a blend of Golden Ale, Nectarine Brett Pale, and a Ginger Hibiscus Gose. Like its 2016 cousin, it was dosed with Brettanomyces Bruxellences and aged in a Hogshead Whiskey barrel–but this time it slumbered for two years in the barrel.

McMenamins 2019 Cerberus Wild Ale

The brewery sent me a sample bottle which I cracked open last weekend. Here are my tasting notes:

Aroma is loaded with juicy stone fruit. The taste starts with bright apricot. In the middle, subtle ginger emerges along with some funky and earthy notes. Faint whiskey is presentand that's a good thing, in my opinion, as it could easily overpower. Cerberus is light bodied and leaves a prickly effervescence on the tongue. It finishes with apricot and a distinctive funk from the secondary Brett fermentation.

Cerberus is a blend of three different ales that meld together seamlessly to create a distinctive beer with a life of its own. Although it has many layers of flavor, I can't distinguish the individual components. But there is no need to do so. It just works! At only 6.17% ABV, the alcohol is not noticeable, it drinks very easily, and is well balanced.

Cerberus is a limited release and is priced at $10 for a 500mL bottle. For a mixed fermentation, two year-old barrel-aged beer
that's a relative bargain in my humble opinion. Check it out at McMenamins 23rd Ave Bottle Shop and other McMenamins locations, while they’re still available!

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Little Beast Brewing Releases Four New Beers In September

Little Beast Brewing has been on a tear since it launched in April 2017.  In a little over two short years, co-founders Charles Porter and Brenda Crow opened a new production brewery in Clackamas, a tasting room in Portland (at the location of the former Lompoc Hedge House), launched the Guardians of Funk Bottle Club, and now are announcing three new releases in their canned beer series, as well as a draft-only release! The Little Beasts have been working overtime...

Anyway, this release brings us three lactobacillus-soured beers. One is loaded with juicy nectarines, and two are loaded with juicy hops. Can you spot the trend here?  Throw in the fourth release--a draft-only fresh hop IPA for good measure.  September sounds like it'll be a good month! For more details, check out the brewery's news release below.

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The Releases Include Two Sour Ales, One Fresh Hop, and One Fresh Hop Sour Ale

Portland, OR -- Little Beast Brewing today announces the upcoming release of four new beers throughout the month of September. Three of the beers are sour ales, of which one is also a fresh hop beer, available in limited 16oz 4-packs and draft. The fourth beer, available on draft only, is a fresh hop IPA collaboration with Our Mutual Friend Brewing from Denver, Colorado.

Sparkle Horn and Treasure Hunter - September 11th, 5:00pm
Sparkle Horn Nectarine Sour and Treasure Hunter Sour Session IPA are both sour ales available on draft and in limited 16oz cans. The beers are soured naturally during two distinct fermentations--the first with lactobacillus, and the second with saccharomyces, which is added to the first fermentation during high krausen. Each beer has varying levels of acidity and are unfiltered and unpasteurized when canned. 

With 500 pounds of fresh fruit from Parkdale, on the North side of Mt. Hood, added to the beer, Sparkle Horn Nectarine Sour Ale is full of stone fruit flavor. At 5.5% ABV the beer is light and zippy, with a soft and delicate tartness that complements the fruit. From one batch of beer, the brewery packaged 100 cases and limited kegs, which will be sold at Little Beast’s SE Portland pub and in a handful of bottle shops in Oregon and Washington. Four-packs cost $20.

Treasure Hunter, a sour session IPA, is the brewery’s newest seasonal release. Of the sour ales released this month from Little Beast, Treasure Hunter has the most pronounced tartness. The lemony acidity mingles nicely with the flavors of pineapple and stone fruit that comes from dry hopping the beer with El Dorado and Simcoe hops. Treasure Hunter is available until January and replaces Wolf Camp Hoppy Saison in Little Beast’s seasonal rotation. 

Green-Eyed Monster - September 18th, 5:00pm
Green-Eyed Monster is a fresh hop sour ale brewed in collaboration with New Seasons Market, and represents the first of two fresh hop beers this year from Little Beast. Crosby Hop Farm’s Centennial fresh hops were added on the hot side in the whirlpool, and the beer is wet hopped with Crosby’s fresh Comet hops. Similar to Sparkle Horn and Treasure Hunter, the beer undergoes a natural souring process. The acidity levels were dialed back a bit in order to create a balance between the fleeting melon-like characteristics of fresh hops. Cans of Green-Eyed Monster can be found in every Oregon and Washington New Seasons Market shortly after the release of the beer. Highly limited draft and cans are also available at the Little Beast year round beer garden.

Fresh Hop IPA - Release Date TBA
Brewed in collaboration with Our Mutual Friend Brewing in Denver, Colorado, the recipe for the beer was written by OMF co-founder Jan Chodkowski and highlights ingredients only from Oregon and Washington. The malt bill includes pale, pilsner, wheat, and Munich malts from Skagit Valley Malting in Washington and Mecca Grade from Madras, Oregon. Jan and Charles both have a love of Amarillo hops so they picked up fresh Amarillos directly from Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon, and added them to the whirlpool just hours after leaving the farm. The beer will tap at the Little Beast pub the moment the beer is ready. Stay up to date on the release of this beer by following Little Beast on social media.

About Little Beast:
Founded by partners in life and work, Charles Porter and Brenda Crow, Little Beast is a family brewery with a passion for making great beer and sharing it with others. We craft wild, wood-aged, and blended beer naturally with diverse cultures, including Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and wild flora. By harnessing the little beasts that ferment our beer, we capture their untamed beauty and produce farmhouse beers that are diverse in flavor and rare in character.

24th Annual Holiday Ale Festival: December 4 - 8

In just about three months, the Holiday Ale Festival will return for its 24th year! Check out the details in the press release below. The beer list has not been released yet, but rest assured that it'll be excellent. I'll publish it as soon as it's ready. So in the meantime, mark your calendars!

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Highly-regarded Holiday Ale Festival presents unparalleled
tap list of exclusive rare beers and ciders in Portland, Oregon
Clear-topped tents, heaters and the city’s Christmas tree also make the outdoor festival a must-attend event

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sep. 6, 2019)–– The 24th annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place Dec. 4 through Dec. 8 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in Portland’s Living Room at 701 SW Sixth Ave. Event hours are 11am to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. The Northwest’s longest-running outdoor winter beer festival will feature at least 50 craft beers, ciders and meads in the main lineup, as well as a number of meet the brewer events and dozens more specialty and rare beer tappings. 

The Holiday Ale Festival has been referred to as one of the most influential and successful beer festivals in the country. Its requirement that participating breweries and cideries serve a product that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer or cider that isn't commonly tapped in the state, creates a tap list that can’t be found anywhere else in the nation.

The festival’s atmosphere has also made it a must-attend event. Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 10,000 attendees stay cozy and warm under clear-topped tents fueled by gas heaters. A second level above the main floor, dubbed the Sky Bar, serves additional taps and provides ample elbow room for attendees to relax, spread out and peek at the revelers below. Portland’s lighted Christmas tree serves as a festive and colorful centerpiece for the holiday event.

The purchase of an entry package is required to enter the venue. Advance general admission for one person costs $40 and includes the 2019 tasting glass and 12 taster tickets, plus express re-entry all five days (express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2019 tasting glass and is subject to festival capacity). Advance general admission for two costs $80 for two tasting glasses and 28 tasting tickets (an additional four tasting tickets). Advance VIP packages cost $100 and include the tasting glass, 30 taster tickets, special VIP beer lines with little to no waiting, exclusive VIP only vintage beers, bottled water, and express entry all five days. Advance tickets are on sale now at

General admission at the door costs $40 and includes the 2019 tasting cup and 12 taster tickets but does not allow for expedited entry. Beers and ciders cost one ticket for a four-ounce taste, or four tickets for a full pour. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full pours or may cost extra tickets. Additional taster tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ mugs/glasses will not be filled.  There are no designated driver tickets available; the festival is located along TriMet MAX Light Rail Blue and Red lines and is easily accessible to rideshare companies.

An onsite coat and bag check and the Crater Lake Soda Garden raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Association MyMusicRx Program, which delivers the healing power of music to the bedsides of children and teens facing cancer and other serious illnesses. The Holiday Ale Festival matches and doubles all funds raised. The festival offers two food vendors and self-guided cheese and beer pairings. The event is for ages 21 and over.

For more information, visit and follow the event @HolidayAleFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #HolidayAleFest.

About the Holiday Ale Festival
The Holiday Ale Festival started as the Winter Ale Festival in 1995 and continued in 1996, then took a year off in 1997. It returned as the Holiday Ale Festival in 1998 and is now regarded as presenting one of the best lineups of beers and ciders anywhere in the nation.

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Rock Creek Corner and Pfriem Partner to Benefit Beaverton Arts Foundation

Want to have a beer and help a great local charity? As part of Rock Creek Corner's Pints with Purpose Program, you can do just that! During the month of September, for every pint of Pfriem beer purchased, Rock Creek Corner will donate $1 to the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

For more information, as well as details about a Pfriem beer tasting and a special benefit dinner night being held on September 25, check out the news release below.

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Beaverton Arts Foundation Named Beneficiary of Rock Creek Corner’s September Pints with Purpose Program

In partnership with Pfriem Family Brewers, month-long activation to benefit campaign to build the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

Beaverton, Ore. (Aug. 28, 2019) - Throughout the month of September, the Beaverton Arts Foundation will be the beneficiary of Rock Creek Corner’s Pints with Purpose program. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, every pint of Pfriem Family Brewers beer purchased will contribute $1 towards the campaign to build the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

Additionally, on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. through 7 p.m, the Beaverton Arts Foundation will join Rock Creek Corner for a beer tasting featuring the locally owned restaurant’s Brewery of the Month, Pfriem. The Beaverton Arts Foundation will be on hand to share information about the campaign for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25 starting at 5 p.m., members of the community are invited to dine at Rock Creek Corner with 25 percent of their food tab added to the total donation to the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts campaign. Most tables are for walk-in visitors, but a limited number of reservations will be accepted. To make a reservation, please call 503.645.8225.

In 2019, Rock Creek Corner launched its Pints with Purpose program to develop deeper connections and give back in a more substantive way. The program joins the restaurant’s Brewery of the Month program, which promotes a featured brewery all month long with tasting events, giveaways with purchase and an end of month grand prize drawing. 

Rock Creek Corner is located at 18515 NW West Union Rd. in Portland.

About Rock Creek Corner
Husband and wife team Christy and Robert Bennett-Hanes bought Rock Creek Cafe and Pub in 2007 from beloved local character George Athanasakis. It was renovated inside and out, updated to feature a creative new menu rooted in quality, seasonality and locality. The restaurant features local purveyors including Your Backyard Farmer, Newman’s Seafood, Laney Family Farms, SP Provisions/Cascade Natural Meats and Vibrant Valley Farm. 

About pFriem Family Brewers
pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced “freem”) is a Northwest and Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. Founded in 2012 by Josh pFriem, Ken Whiteman and Rudy Kellner. Best known for artisanal beers influenced by the great brewers of Belgium while staying true to homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest, pFriem craft brews are unmistakably unique in both flavor and balance. For more information visit, or onsite daily at 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031.

About the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years. Nestled adjacent to The Round between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Hall Boulevard, the facility will include a 550-seat theater, art gallery, rehearsal, workshop and meeting space, lobby, outdoor plaza and adjacent parking structure. With innovative offerings in the performing arts - theater, music, dance and spoken word - the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be a beacon for civic engagement, creative learning and greater social cohesion. For more information, please visit: and


McMenamins Oktoberfest Celebrations

Summer is winding down, and crisp fall weather will soon arrive. Don't despair, because fall means it's time for Oktoberfest! There will be many Oktoberfest celebrations across the state and McMenamins is hosting three events at its Portland properties. Check out all the details below.  Prost!

  • Noon - 9 pm; all ages welcome
  • $20 for Brewfest glass & 10 tokens; tokens: $1.50 each
  • Place your vote for the best brew at Oktoberfest and the winning brewery will be graced with a trophy
  • Brewery tours every half hour from 1 - 5 pm
  • Live music:
  • McDougall, Noon - 2 pm
  • Bigfoot Mojo, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Brian Copeland, 5 - 6:30 pm
  • Strange Hotels, 7 - 9 pm

  • All day; all ages welcome
  • Free to enter
  • Live music:
  • Little Red Shed
Julie McCarl and Bodacious, 1 - 3:30 pm
Tribal Heart Bellydance, 4 - 5 pm
Chervona, 5:30 - 7 pm
  • Loading Dock
Haldeman's OOM-Pah Boys • 11 am - 1 pm
McDougall • 1:30 - 3 pm
Thomas Mudrick • 3:30 - 5 pm
The Hasslers • 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Chuck Mead • 8 - 10 pm
  • Winery Tasting Room
Lane Norberg, 5 - 6:30 pm
Brian Copeland Band, 7 - 9 pm

  • All day; all ages welcome
  • Free to enter
  • Live music:
§  Front Lawn
Trashcan Joe, 1 - 2:30 pm
Haldeman's OOM-Pah Boys, 3 - 5 pm
Brian Copeland Band, 5:30 - 7 pm
The Hasslers, 7:30 - 10 pm
§  Garage Door
Julie McCarl and Bodacious, 2 - 4 pm
The Campfire Boys, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
McDougall, 7 - 10 pm
      • Roaming
Balloon & Face Painter • 3 - 6 pm

Image courtesy of McMenamins

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