Pairing Preview: OR: Brewing Up Cocktails hosted by Spints Alehouse, April 24th 5PM – 8PM

image courtesy of Ezra Johnson-Greengrough & Jacob GrierPortland, OR – This Sunday April 24th Spints Alehouse will be hosting another seminar promoting the harmony of beer and spirits, when combined. This time around the duo of Ezra Johnson-Greenough and Jacob Grier will team up with Oakshire Brewing and their local sought after lineup of beers.
Brewing up Cocktails teams up with Oakshire Brewing out of Eugene, OR and Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk to showcase traditional 'Flip' cocktails on Easter Sunday. Flips are a class of mixed drinks that use raw eggs.
According to Wikipedia:
The first bar guide to feature a flip (and to add eggs to the list of ingredients) was Jerry Thomas's 1862 How to Mix Drinks; or, The Bon-Vivant's Companion. In this work, Thomas declares that, "The essential in flips of all sorts is to produce the smoothness by repeated pouring back and forward between two vessels and beating up the eggs well in the first instance the sweetening and spices according to taste."[1]
Furthermore the origin of Flips are as beer cocktails made on ships during Colonial times using a mixture of Rum, Ale, Eggs and Sugar then heated with a red hot poker. Since we have yet to find a way to recreate that we have designed a drink list inspired by both the modern flip cocktails and recipes dating back to 1862.

image courtesy of Ezra Johnson-Greengrough and Jacob Grier About Brewing up Cocktails
Founded by Ezra Johnson-Greenough, a brewer, writer, artist and event coordinator, Brewing Up Cocktails started as a one-time event for Oregon Craft Beer Month in July 2010 and has turned into something much larger. Johnson-Greenough asked hot local bartender/mixologist and writer Jacob Grier to collaborate with him in crafting some unique beer cocktails in the hope of proving that craft beers can be as good in mixed drinks as they are on their own. The venue they chose had to have great beer and an outstanding selection of fine spirits, and that is where partner Yetta Vorobik's property, North Portland hotspot The Hop & Vine. In addition to a great location for events, Vorobik adds her creative spirit and an adventurous third palate to the mix. 
the July 2010 event was met with great interest, but it was not until the partners decided to do a follow-up event in the fall that the critics and public started to catch on. Beervana described one of Brewing Up Cocktails' signature drinks, the Hot Scotchy, as:
"The Greatest Beverage in the World"
Mix Magazine opined:
"Straight-ahead beer fan that I am, I have to agree that beer cocktails open up a brave new world."
"a merger of Portland’s craft beer and quality cocktail cultures could push the next evolution of our increasingly sophisticated drinking scene."
And finally the Associated Press caught on, with a story carried internationally, including on ABC News.
About Oakshire Brewing
The name Oakshire represents Strength, Independence, Community and Bioregion, values held by our owners and employees.   Begun inOctober 2006 by brothers Jeff and Chris Althouse, Oakshire Brewing operates as a production brewery next to the train yards in Northwest Eugene.     We make three year round beers, available in 22oz bottles and on draft found throughout Oregon.  Oakshire makes a rotating seasonal beer available in 22oz bottles and on draft as well.  And the brewers at Oakshire craft a range of single batch beers only available on draft.  The brewery aims to make clean, consistent, high quality beer – humble brewers of delicious beer.
Sunday April 24th, 2011 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brewing Up Cocktails at Spints Alehouse
401 NE 28th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 503-847-2534
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