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Portland Notes discovers the finest Coffee, Beer, and Doughnuts in Portland!

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What do you do on a rainy, windy Springtime Saturday in Portland? Why, you put on the plaid and take it to Culmination Brewing Company for the sold-out, “2nd Annual Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival.”

Second-Annual-Bakers-Dozen-02This awesome festival stirs together the three things Portland does best: coffee, beer, and doughnuts. In a city with as many coffee roasters as there are craft brewers, the marriage of the two brews is a natural pairing. Tie that in with doughnuts, and you have a trifecta of mouth watering goodness!  Admission was capped at 400, and believe it or not, all 400 tickets were sold two days before the event. We know Portlanders love their craft brews, coffee, and doughnuts so it was probably no surprise that this event would sell out. Paid admission included a well designed souvenir beer glass, 4-oz samples of all 13 coffee beers, as well as samples of all 13 doughnuts.  New this year, was the Doughnut Decoration Station for kids and non-kids alike.  For just $2, you could design your own doughnut and know that your donation went to Friends of the Children, an organization that provides commitment assistance to at-risk youth. If doughnuts weren’t your thing, Culmination’s chef, Carter B. Owen, came up with a few breakfast sandwiches that looked delicious.

Second-Annual-Bakers-Dozen-15There were a couple doughnut offerings that had an added element of fire to them. Both Donut Byte Labs and Donut-O-Rama, employed the fire torch to craft their doughnuts. Donut Byte Labs’, “French Toast” was three layers of melted sugar and flame toasted cinnamon, topped off with their, made from scratch, cream cheese icing. Donut-O-Rama’s, “Crème Brulee” was a donut hole, rolled in a thick sugar coating, then torched to get that familiar crème brulee crust. Tonalli’s Donuts & Cream had a chocolate banana doughnut where the banana was mixed into the batter, which made for a pleasant, light banana flavor. Instead of maple on this buttermilk bar, it was topped with a generous amount of chocolate. For the chocolate lover, Coco Donuts had the “Hole in the Dark” which was a chocolate cake donut hole with espresso then rolled in cocoa. Pip’s Mobile brought out their cart to make their “Honey  & Sea Salt” on site for the duration of the event. This delicate offering featured local raw honey and pink himalayan sea salt.

Second-Annual-Bakers-Dozen-05There was also what is believed to be the world’sfirst Collaboration Doughnut. Collaboration beers–that is, beers made by two or more brewers–aren’t new so they thought it would be fun to come up with a doughnut collaboration between the roaster, the brewer, and the baker. With ideas coming from Penny from Delicious Donuts, Marissa from Coco Donuts, Victor from Tonalli’s Donuts & Cream, Dieter from Donut Byte Labs, and the actual baker himself, Steve from Staccato Gelato, they crafted an old-fashioned buttermilk doughnut made with Culmination Chocolate Stout, Ole Coffee espresso to make a Vietnamese coffee glaze, then topped with candied bacon bits. Bacon seems to be a popular ingredient on doughnuts these days so the line was long for this tasty treat.

Second-Annual-Bakers-Dozen-07Of course, the event wasn’t just about sampling delicious doughnuts; there were also 13 specially crafted beers to partake. It’s easier sampling 13 food items in an afternoon then it is sampling 13 beers, so many were missed. At the recommendations of many, we started with something a little different, the “Caffe” from Stung Fermented. This was a partnership with Caffe Umbria to take their cold brewed coffee and infuse it into a sparkling mead. The result was a gluten-free mead that was crisp, fragrant, and flavorful. Next was the “Napoleonic” from Labrewatory featuring Coava Coffee’s Santa Luzia from Brazil. This Imperial Brown Ale was brewed specifically for this event and gets its inspiration from the famous French coffee. It had notes of caramel, and toffee with an earthiness that nicely toned down the sweetness. “Double Stack” was a nice breakfast stout from Great Notion Brewing featuring coffee from Clutch Coffee. This stout was aged with a “ridiculous” amount of Vermont maple syrup; however, it did not have a strong sweet finish. The coffee and maple syrup balance was just right. The finale was “Black House” from Modern Times Beer using their own coffee with beans from Ethiopia and Sumatra. This oatmeal stout bursts with coffee aroma and flavor. Modern Times is one of the only breweries in the world to roast their own coffee. This stout had a delicious chocolate espresso bean finish that was the perfect choice to finish out the day.

Second-Annual-Bakers-Dozen-22You might think that a 400 capacity event would have long lines, and unhappy people, but this one was quite the opposite. People were jovial, interested in what they were tasting, asking questions of the vendors, enjoying the live music, and company of their friends. I am sure those that missed out by not getting a ticket before it sold out will be the first to buy next year. Judging from the popularity of this one, I would say there will be another. We might be a health conscious city, but Portland does love their beer, coffee, and doughnuts!

You can read more about this event’s offerings and history from BrewPublic,  and Portland Notes’, Kelly Jones.

Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival – Great Notion Brewing

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The Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival is coming March 12! A new coffee beer, Double Stack will be revealed along with 12 other magnificent coffee beer combinations (not to mention doughnut creations) at this unique event. An all-ages affair, this festival has music, decadent doughnuts, coffee beers, and a donut decorating station for the kids! Tickets are available online. Working closely with Clutch Coffee Roasters, Great Notion Brewing is continuing their commitment to culinary creativity!

Great-Notion-Brewing-03A brand new endeavor, immersed in the rich history of the Pacific Northwest, Great Notion Brewing pays homage to their roots in name and action. Drawing from Ken Kasey’s famed novel Sometimes a great notion, the founders of this emerging brewery have carefully honored everything we value as Portlanders – respect for nature, dedication to the origins of their craft, sustainability, community, and fine craftsmanship. Having only been open since January 2016, Paul, Andy, and James are jumping right into the game by opening up a warm and inviting brewery and restaurant in the historic Alberta district, as well as participating in the upcoming coffee beer and doughnut festival.

Great-Notion-Brewing-04Very ambitious, these three partners – but they know exactly what they are doing. Perhaps their most impressive accomplishment to date (and remember, they’ve only been open for about a month…) are the New England style fruit-toned IPA’s “Juice Box Double IPA” and “Juice Jr. Session IPA.” Customers are commenting that even non-IPA fans are thoroughly enjoying the mellow taste. The food menu is also outstanding – Chef Ryan O’Connor has created a menu that includes local produce in some very comforting dishes.

Great-Notion-Brewing-01Relationships matter to these men – exactly what makes a local business stand out in Portland! Being family men, Paul, James, and Andy want to make their restaurant accessible and inviting to local families, they want to serve the local Vernon community by participating in P.T.A. events and donating to their local schools, and they want to make sure they treat their employees well. In the podcast, the men talk about how they met, what inspired their collaboration, and how they have actively partnered with other community breweries and businesses to create a rapidly growing and exciting home for their crafted beers. Great Notion Brewing is a welcome addition to Portland’s proud local business community.

Great-Notion-Brewing-04To introduce themselves officially to the community, Great Notion Brewing is hosting a “Grand Beer Release” party on March 5 from 12PM – 11PM. Beer reveais, family friendly activities, brewery tours, samples of chef O’Connor’s food,, and more! A beer festival style event, tickets will be $10 and include a Great Notion Brewing collector’s glass and 4 beer/drink tickets

Great-Notion-Brewing-02Having an interview in an operational brewery means that phones are ringing, dishes are being washed, carts are being pushed back and forth from the kitchen, and cars are driving by outside. That’s part of what makes this interview so special – it’s a look into what motivates and inspires craftsmen to bring art and practical research together – prepare to enjoy some very technical terminology mixed with an obvious love for what these men have united to do. Portland Notes thanks Brian Yaeger and Steven Shomler for introducing us to this impressive new brewery.