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This Week In Portland Food News: Two New Breweries Open, Zeus Cafe Changes Its Name, and Sweet Lorraine's Closes

June 23, 2023 Edition
June 22, 2023
Now you can enjoy Crux Fermentation Project's beers without the drive to Bend: The brewery recently opened a Portland pub. (Crux Fermentation Project)
Beer lovers are in luck this week, as Crux Fermentation Project and Labyrinth Forge Brewing Company open new spots in Portland. Read on for other food and drink news befitting the upcoming sunny weekend, from Pride Vegan Night Market Portland to Jade Rabbit's bunny-shaped bao. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Crux Fermentation Project List
The cult-favorite Bend brewery Crux Fermentation Project recently opened a Portland pub in the former Vagabond Brewing List space. The new spot boasts 20 taps and a happy hour and plans to add a patio and fire pit. 
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Labyrinth Forge Brewing Company List
The local nanobrewery Labyrinth Forge Brewing Company took over the former home of Hair of the Dog Brewing List  on June 16. The spot features a dozen taps, including hazy IPAs, stouts, Kolsch-style ales, Mexican lager, and more.
Central Eastside
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The Mule Bar List
Bridgetown Bites reports that a bar called the Mule Bar is set to take over the former Stanich's List space. The upcoming spot is owned by Paula Hylland, owner of the G.O.A.T. Bar List in Rose City Park.


Pono Brew Labs List
Craft brewery Pono Brewing, known for its fruity, South Pacific-inspired beers, closed its taproom and pub on Wednesday due to a lack of traffic. Pono Brewing will continue production of its beer.

Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More List
As a result of its North Albina Avenue pod closing, this New York-style Jewish food cart closed at the end of May. However, all is not lost: Owners Lorraine Platman and Gary Sussman are seeking alternate options and are currently serving breakfast and brunch at the newly opened Labyrinth Forge Brewing Company (above) through July 1.


McMenamins' Zeus Cafe changes name
In tribute to longtime manager Hal Finkelstein, who passed away in January 2022, McMenamins' downtown Zeus Cafe has changed its name to Hal's Café List and put up new signs on Wednesday. Finkelstein helped open the cafe in 2011 and was responsible for shaping its guest experience. The business's menu has also been updated to honor Finkelstein and will include his favorite brunch dish, smoked steelhead Benedict.



Brewers Burger Brawl Past Event List
Five local breweries will step up to the plate to demonstrate that they can sling slider-sized burgers with the best of them. Each competitor will present their own burger and beer pairing for a team of guest judges, who will crown the winning Brewers Burger. As a guest, you'll get to play taste-tester and try as many of the entries as you like à la carte (with burgers priced at $6 each and pairings for $8), or shell out for the VIP access tickets for $35 to get to try all five. May the juiciest patty win!
Threshold Brewing & Blending, 5-8 pm


Cider Summit Portland Past Event List
Aficionados of fruit-based libations flock to this festival billing itself as the "region’s largest hard cider tasting event," with 150 beverages from over 40 producers, including local and international brews, mead, cider cocktails, apple spirits, and "maybe even a few surprises." This year will include cider producers like Schilling, Portland Cider, Helvetia, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, and more, not to mention snacks from Blue Star Donuts and Portland Creamery that are sure to pair perfectly with the crisp beverages you'll be swilling.
The Redd on Salmon


James Beard Strawberry Shortcake Week Past Event List
Is there a dessert that represents the apotheosis of summer more than strawberry shortcake? For this event, James Beard-nominated and -award-winning chefs, growers, and restaurants across Oregon, such as Andina, Canard, Nostrana, Higgins, and Kachka, will concoct their own spins on the seasonal staple, all made with local berries in the height of their season.
Various locations


All That and a Glass of Cider Past Event List
Only '90s kids will fully appreciate this nostalgic bash celebrating Schilling Cider House's anniversary. Throw on your overalls, grab your Tamagotchi, and prepare for a night of retro fun, including a '90s-themed dance floor, cover songs by Pyro Penguin, arcade games, pinball, and a karaoke competition and SNICK watch party hosted by the podcast Notable Nostalgia. The evening's food menu pays tribute to the decade with gluten-free Dunkaroos, dreamsicle slushies, and gluten-free corn dogs with purple ketchup.
Schilling Cider House, 12-10 pm

Pride Vegan Night Market Portland Past Event List
Whether you're a longtime tempeh aficionado or a vegan-curious omnivore, you're welcome at this vibrant outdoor night market celebrating both LGBTQIA+ pride and plant-based eating. You'll get to peruse over 100 vegan restaurants, pop-ups, small businesses, artisans, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations, sip colorful drinks at a "Rainbow Bar" curated by Sarah Motter of Epif, get your face painted in a rainbow or summer design, and dance the night away to "uplifting beats" from DJ Retrobot. Plus, play games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and badminton, make your own work of art in a "creativity corner," get a souvenir Polaroid photo at a "Rainbow Wonderland" photo booth, and enter to win one of over 20 prize packs in a raffle benefiting Basic Rights Oregon. There's a pride outfit contest with prizes for best adult, couple, group/family, kid, and companion animal, so don't forget to dress up in your most slayful lewk.
Bridge Lot at OMSI, 4-10 pm


Jade Rabbit List
The vegan dim sum destination has at last perfected its gluten-free, bunny-shaped bao, a recipe that's been in the works for years. The dumpling is stuffed with a mixture of plant-based Filipino asado "pork," onions, black garlic, and sweetened soy sauce.
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Lollipop Shoppe List
Get your greens in with Lollipop Shoppe's new collard melt, which features slow-cooked collards, oozy pimento and Swiss cheese, slaw, and "comeback sauce."
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Pinolo Gelato List
Satisfy your caffeine fix while also cooling off by enjoying some swirly, silky espresso gelato, made with Caffe Umbria coffee.
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