First the New York Times got a huge crush on us, and now Beer Advocate. Have you noticed that three of the last four BA magazine covers feature Portland beer people?
- #56: Ryan Schmiege (Deschutes Portland Pub)
- #57: Geoff Phillips and the gang at Bailey's Taproom
- #59: Eric Bottero (Bazi Bierbrasserie)
The New York Times has been all over Portland for a few years now, especially for our food carts and restaurants. But when they published a gushing review of Portland barbershops -- including Bart's Barbershop, where I get shorn every few months -- I knew their infatuation had crossed the line into weird obsession. The picture of Bazi manager Bottero mixing a beer cocktail creeps me out in a similar way. I don't mean any offense to Bazi by that -- it's an interesting new place -- but it doesn't seem to me to be at the forefront of beer cocktails, or even of the Portland beer scene.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Find a Portland connection in the picture on the cover of Beer Advocate #58. One of the bottles? One of the people wandering around?