Feast Portland‘s Brunch Village is always an intriguing mix of flavors. You can rely on some Portland favorites showing up, some out-of-towners, and there’s free flowing champagne and a Bloody Mary bar. This year’s event featured bites from some hometown favorites including Mae, Little T Baker, and Tusk, as well as Austin’s Launderette and NYC’s Milk Bar, owned by Chef and Masterchef Judge Christina Tosi.
Although brunch is usually the most decadent most of us get in the morning, there were a surprising number of yogurt parfait-like offerings, the most interesting one coming from Icelandic Chef Oli Gusta.
Let’s talk beverages. Of course, there were mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. Aria Gin brought a Campari and Grapefruit twist on Gin and Juice that I would have had 2-3 of on a warmer day. Deschutes Brewery brought beer to brunch in the form of two coffee cocktails based on their flagship Black Butte Porter. Deschutes paired its flagship porter with Stumptown’s original and chocolate cold brews.
It’s the kind of drink that goes down easy for those early-on-Sunday football games, or even as dessert with the late day game.
Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter has been around for almost 30 years, and has helped grow the brand and expand distribution across the U.S. So why brunch?
“We really wanted to find a unique way to feature our dark beers in an environment that we can play off of everyone’s favorite brunch cocktails. We have launched an ‘official beer of brunch’ campaign with a Woody (our mobile beer bar in a big barrel) Brunch Tour, created national brunch day and a handful of fun beer brunch cocktails among other fun ways to play in the popular brunch space,” said a spokesperson for Deschutes.
Feast Portland returns September 13-16, 2018.
Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte AmusePrint Recipe
- 7 ounces Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte Porter
- 3 ounces Stumptown cold brew coffee
- 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
- Whipped cream
- Cinnamon or cocoa for garnish (optional)
Combine Porter, cold brew and simple syrup in a pint glass. Top with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon or cocoa, if using.
Adapted from Deschutes Brewery's Black Butte Amuse: https://www.deschutesbrewery.com/recipe/black-butte-amuse/