Friday, September 29, 2006
Drinkers, this mag's your im-bible
It's not just drinks anymore. Now it's liquid culture. Take a sip of it with Portland-based Imbibe, a newish magazine devoted to alcohol, coffee and other libations.
The current issue features a "marmalade sour" recipe from bar chef Jamie Boudreau (look for the drink on the menu at Vessel when the bar opens later this fall at 1312 Fifth Ave.). It consists of a "sweetly tart citrus marmalade plus fiery cachaca." Other Seattle-area highlights include a look at the Coffee Equipment Co. and its "Clover" invention, which allows baristas to brew a single cup of coffee at a time; a short piece on "beer ambassador" Arlen Harris, executive director of the Washington State Brewers Guild; and one on "absinthe evangelist" Gwydion Stone of a Web forum called The Wormwood Society (wormwoodsociety.org). Other articles we liked were a summary of common misconceptions about espresso, and a feature in which Lucy Brennan of Mint and 820 in Portland tested six home blenders and recommended the best.
The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders and Whole Foods, as well as various independent bookstores and wine shops. Look online at imbibemagazine.com.
-- Rebekah Denn
I wouldn't have known about this if I hadn't run into an old neighbor on the way home from work today.