Functioning as a multifaceted operation, certainly the one thing The Wine Valet knows better than anything else is wine. Part event space, part tasting room, and part tour guide, The Wine Valet hosts one-of-a-kind events for up to 75 and offers tours with transportation that visit local wineries and vineyards. The staff welcomes patrons to sample varietals from different wineries before traveling to Artisanal Wine Cellars to sniff, sip, and listen to vinos. The Wine Valet is so immersed in the regional wine culture that they offer a free Android app for self-guided tours of more than 200 wineries.
The Ingram family has tended the same picturesque plot of land since 1942, when Marvin Ingram first settled on the 35-acre parcel in the Willamette Valley. Before the family started making wine in 2003, it ran as a purebred black Angus farm. Today, second, third, and fourth generation of Ingrams take care of the rolling hills lined with rows of wine grapes, applying environmentally friendly practices just like Grandpa Marvin did when he started. The winemakers transform their harvest into mature and sophisticated wines. Visitors can sip samples of those wines inside a tasting room, which also showcases items created by local artists, or they can enjoy a private tasting led by a knowledgable guide as opposed to an old instructional film starring a talking cork.
At their new location on 82nd Avenue, the family that owns and operates Morrow Brothers Produce carries on a tradition that's been going strong since 1999. They select the finest fresh, local produce, showcasing it by the flat or by the case. The crew stocks displays with pyramids of organic Idaho potatoes and pomegranates, Troutdale cabbage, and juicy Hermiston watermelons that are ideal for whittling sculptures of Gallagher.
The market's friendly staff can also recommend the best selections for canning or juicing, or point gardeners in the direction of vegetable starts or bedding plants. The shelves boast a wide variety of ethnic foods and seasonal items, including pumpkins and holiday greenery.
From humble beginnings as a small but passionate basement brewing operation, Above the Rest Home Brewing has now outgrown three spaces since 1993. Now residing in a 1,500 square-foot commercial store with an adjoining classroom, Above the Rest’s staff guides both rookies and seasoned pros through the steps of not only wine- and beer-brewing, but also soda- and cheese-making as well. Staffers can also guide visitors though the selection of equipment, malts, hops, and yeast, helping them pick out the right combination of ingredients to craft an IPA, porter, or a replica of the beer Santa Claus drinks before fact checking his Naughty/Nice list.
Hopworks takes its role as a patron of the earth very seriously. At the heart of its operation, this eco-brewpub maintains an unbending commitment to sustainable practices, utilizing everything from rain barrels to composting. Even the building it resides in—an industrial ski lodge crafted from reclaimed materials—stands as a testament to that commitment. It's also easily accessible via public transportation and bicycle, enabling customers to play a part in the brewpub's mission, too.
Hopworks produces a staggering 10,000 barrels of beer annually. The brewery's handcrafted organic beers—made from organic malts and locally sourced hops—keep the facility's 10 taps loaded throughout the year. The selection includes seasonal specialties and year-round creations, such as the popular Survival 7-Grain Stout, a dark concoction made with barley, wheat, oats, quinoa, amaranth, spelt, and Kamut.
With so much of its focus on beer, it might be easy to assume Hopworks isn't a place to bring children. But that couldn't be further from the truth. The brewpub encourages families to visit by keeping a play area stocked with toys and books to entertain the kids. Every month, Hopworks also hosts fun family events featuring craft activities, story time, and healthy snacks. Just like its use of sustainable practices, these events are all part of Hopworks's mission to engineer a safe future for younger generations.