Festival Preview: WA: 11/18–11/23 Latona Pub celebrates the brewers of the Columbia Gorge.

Next Monday, less than two weeks before Thanksgiving, the Latona Pub (6423 Latona Avenue N.E.) is featuring five breweries, each night, for five nights.

This writer won't bore you with details only to tell you that each night shares the same theme, the Columbia Gorge.

Starting on Monday the 18th, Latona host Backwoods Brewing. Located in Carson (Washington) Backwoods has slowly been making their presence known in bars throughout the I-5 corridor.

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Where the forest meets the valley, you will find us busy brewing craft beers from one of the freshest water sources in Carson, Wa. This direct water source holds a key ingredient for our beers. Our Northwest resource for yeast, barley and hops carries a culture of it's own. The Northwest environment holds a strong presence for fresh grown surplus making our brewery one of a kind, for having access to the freshest farmed goods. Our heavy hitting ales bring a smooth refreshing taste, yet full of brilliant flavor.

Then on Tuesday the 19th, Latona hosts Everybody's Brewing from White Salmon. Located just a short drive from Hood River, Everybody’s Brewing produces a solid lineup of beer.

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We are a small to medium sized brewpub, located in White Salmon, Washington. Our pub has a warm, cozy inviting feel to it. We are a family friendly environment. Our food is affordable, large portions, and made with the highest quality local ingredients.

We focus on session beers with all the flavor. Our location is right in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. We feel that this is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Our outside deck seats 50 people and has a stunning view of Mt. Hood. You gotta check it out for yourself!

On Wednesday the 20th, Bob, Pat, and Elliott welcome Logsdon Farmhouse and their blend of wild ales and Belgian-style beers. From the Seizoen to the oft’ appreciated Cerasus, David Logsdon and this team of talented brewers continue to demonstrate that you don’t have to be from California or Colorado to make a solid wild ale.

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Our traditional farmhouse brewery is located in Hood River County on a small farm where we also grow some of the hops we use in our beer. Truly handcrafted in every sense of the term. we prefer to use locally grown organic hops, not pulverized hop pellets. Our nursery of "sharbeekse kriek"(cherry) trees brought over from the small Bam's orchard located in East Flanders are growing nicely.

Thursday the 21st welcomes Double Mountain. Now under different ownership, with former owner Charlie Devereux moving onto a new project. Thankfully the beer has remained the same.

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Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereux founded Double Mountain in 2007 with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Ours is a "brewers' brewery", with an uncompromising focus on beer quality.

From the beginning, our goal was to make beers that we liked to drink. All of our beers are served up unfiltered and long-aged, to deliver maximum flavor and character. The beers can be very complex and assertive, but with the ultimate goal of proper balance. We aim to satisfy both the hardcore aficionados and the more casual craft beer fan, all in the same glass.

In June of 2013, Matt purchased Charlie's shares of Double Mountain, vowing to continue the good work the two partners created.

Friday, November 22nd, the 'Pub brings back a familiar face in Hood River's Full Sail Brewing. No doubt they will have a blend of holiday, rare, and consistent beers for you to try.

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... Much has been written about the day you drive off the lot in your first new car, but let us tell you, there’s nothing quite like taking delivery on your very first, brand new stainless steel mash tun. (Woo hoo!)

Determined to make world-class beer in our own backyard, one of our first, and perhaps best, decisions was to invest in new, state-of-the-art brewing equipment. Other micros had been brewing with varying degrees of success in open fermentation tanks or old, cast-aside dairy equipment. But we weren’t taking any chances: the beer had to be great or there was no point in brewing it. So we bit the bullet, laid down our borrowed cash, and spent the better part of 1987 installing the new system.

By September, we had our first crew on board – a classic mixture of beer geeks and boardheads – and we were ready to brew. Yeah, our operation was tiny and the work was nonstop, but to be in Hood River at the forefront of not only the craft beer movement, but also the rise of windsurfing, was thrilling. Microbreweries were springing up all over the Northwest. The windsurfing craze was in full swing. Hood River’s storefronts were filling up with gear shops. And we put up a whopping 287 barrels that first year. Things were really humming.

Finally, to wrap things up, pFriem Family Brewers returns to remind you that there is more to beer than India Pale Ales, Porters, or Stouts. With the focus on brewing high-quality Belgian-style ales, Josh Pfriem is living his dream. Stop by on Saturday to congratulate him, as well as enjoy his Belgian-inspired beers.

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2012 will forever be a benchmark year for the Pfriem family. After over a decade of award-winning experience in the Northwest Craft Brewing Community, I finally achieved a life-long dream of opening my own artisanal brewery in Hood River, Oregon.

This dream never could have come to fruition without the help of my two esteemed friends and business partners, Ken Whiteman and Rudy Kellner, and the loving support of our respective families.

Our goals for the brewery are modest ones— to build a business that was tightly integrated with our family lives, to honor the place we call home and love so dearly, and to create a warm, friendly space where others could experience our creations. Our goals for the creations themselves are anything but modest.

Pfriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to our homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are served humbly, each glass is overflowing with pride and a relentless aspiration to brew the best beer in the world. We’ll let you decide.

Celebrate the Columbia River with Latona and the brewers of Washington and Oregon's Gorge.


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