Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room

Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room

Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room

After taking in a meal at Twede’s Cafe and viewing the Snoqualmie Falls I decided to get down to business. Beer business that is. So I made a stop at the Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room. I walked into the tap room and found myself a seat at the bar. Some of the wedding goers that I had seen at the Snoqualmie Falls wedding were at the brewery throwing back a few pints while complaining about the dry wedding. Ugh a dry wedding – why bother going? Continue reading

Twin Peaking Out, Snoqualmie Falls Washington

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Snoqualmie falls Washington from the Twin Peaks opening credits

The eerie orchestra music, a slow snap, a secret diary and a dead homecoming queen wrapped in plastic….. Continue reading

Chehalem Valley Brewing Newberg Oregon

Chehalem Valley Brewing Newberg Oregon

Bald Peak Black Ale at Chehalem Valley Brewing

I believe I have a knack for spotting breweries. It’s like I’m a living brewery locator app. I often find myself driving down the road and out of the corner of my eye I see “brew”, which is just enough to catch my attention. I whip the car around, find myself a parking space and discover a new beer. It’s divine.

While driving through Newberg Oregon I was running late. I had planned on eating dinner on the Oregon Coast but was delayed due to Friday night traffic in Portland. Yeah I know who in their right mind tries to drive through Portland at 5pm on a Friday. After being stuck in traffic for 2 hours I was starving and knew I was not going to make it to the coast for dinner. As I started to contemplate what to do I saw a sandwich board on the side of the road that said “Brewery” with an arrow pointing to a building. I immediately pulled in and found Chehalem Valley Brewing.

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No Hops For Me! Fort George Brewery, Astoria Oregon

Fort George Brewery, Astoria Oregon

Fort George Brewery, Astoria Oregon

There is a hop revolution going on in the beer world right now. There are all sorts of hop combination in beer being developed and the boundaries are being pushed on the bittering levels. Oregon breweries are well known for the use (or in some people’s opinion, overuse) of hops. Although I am of the mindset that there can never be to much hop I am open to the idea of a beer made with no hop. While visiting Fort George Brewery in Astoria Oregon I found just that, a beer made with no hops. Continue reading

Beer Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Beer Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Beer Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry sauce sometimes gets a bad wrap. Perhaps it’s because some people… OK a lot of people go the simple route and use canned cranberry sauce. The sound that the jiggling tube of goo makes as it slowly seeps out of the can and splats into the dish is enough to justify it’s bad wrap. Continue reading

Lighthouses of the Cape Disappointment Washington State Park

Cape Disappointment lighthouse

Cape Disappointment lighthouse

I love lighthouses, specifically the black and white striped ones. Boomer and I had visited a few lighthouses while in Oregon but on this day we were visiting two in one day. Cape Disappointment is located at the mouth of the Columbia River, across the river from Astoria Oregon. I chose to visit the park mostly because of the intriguing name but also because it would ensure our passage across the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Continue reading

Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing, Astoria Oregon

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Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing in Astoria Oregon

While we were in Oregon it rained a lot. You’re probably thinking “thanks Captain Obvious, we knowit  rains a lot in Oregon.”

One byproduct of rain and traveling with a dog is a wet dog. For those of us who own dogs we cringe at the thought of a wet dog, right? One because they stink to high hell and two they seem to always want extra love and attention while sopping wet. Boomer is no different than your typical dog while wet :-) Continue reading

Beer Brined Buffalo Wings Recipe

Beer Brined Buffalo Wings

Beer Brined Buffalo Wings

OK I finally got over my burn out on wings that I had earlier this year. I am ready for some new wing recipes. How about you? I found this recipe from our good friend Betty Crocker. Well she would be our good friend if she wasn’t made up. I won’t go on about how I feel deceived by the General Mills Company about this Betty Crocker business, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels duped. What’s next? The Pioneer Woman – is she made up too? My world just turned upside down. Continue reading

Shipwrecks and Batteries – Visiting Fort Stevens State Park, Astoria Oregon

Visiting Fort Stevens State Park, Astoria Oregon

Peter Iredale Shipwreck

One of the many things I love about Oregon is that they are very dog friendly. Most of their state parks allow dogs, which is handy because I travel with my dog. While planning my trip to Oregon I only had time for one park while in Astoria. It was between Fort Stevens State Park and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park.

I love to learn about history while on my trips and while Lewis and Clark may be the more obvious choice I picked the Fort Stevens State Park instead. Why you may ask?  Well because Boomer was welcome to join me at Fort Stevens, where as the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Boomer would spend his time waiting in the car. Continue reading

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria Oregon

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Boomer overlooking the Columbia River

Boomer and I sat out on our small hotel patio overlooking the bay and the Columbia River the last morning we were in Oregon. It was an overcast day and the river was calm. It is not always calm however, as the mouth of the Columbia River that feeds into the Pacific Ocean can be treacherous. So treacherous that it has earned the nickname Graveyard of the Pacific. 2000+ vessels have met their fate while trying to cross the Columbia Bar since 1792. Continue reading