• Black-and-white photo showing a bar with a digital drink menu in the middle of the wall. Text overlays the image saying "A pint at Ridgewalker Brewing § Forest Grove, Oregon."
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    A pint at Ridgewalker Brewing in Forest Grove, Oregon

    It takes a team effort for any business to succeed.  That is especially true in craft beer, which is why the partnership behind Ridgewalker Brewing in Forest Grove, Oregon, has done so well. Brewery’s history The team behind Ridgewalker Brewing includes Chris and Jason Cirlincione, Jeff Farrar, and Justin Marble.  Chris and Jason Cirlincione bring a background in real estate and flipping properties to the team, which was critical in overhauling the brewery’s main property, the 1921 Public House.  Their experience also allowed the team to find and renovate the city’s former post office and convert it into an event space known as The Mail Room.  Farrar’s experience in food…

  • Multiple empty glass bottles on their sides on a wall with text overlaying that says "An ochoko at SakéOne in Forest Grove, Oregon."
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    An ochoko at SakéOne in Forest Grove, Oregon

    In 1992, SakéOne (note not SakeOne) began as a saké importer.  Eventually in 1997, the company expanded its operation and began brewing saké.  Today the brewery produces four lines of saké ranging from the innovative Moonstone to the traditional Momokawa.  Note that both sake and saké are appropriate spellings of the Japanese liquor made from fermented rice. Visiting the brewery On the southern edge of Forest Grove, SakéOne is about 25 miles from downtown Portland.  It is a 30-minute drive in ideal traffic conditions.  The brewery is in an industrial area of this Portland suburb with ample parking. The tasting room has plenty of space for small or large gatherings. …

  • Brick neoclassical designed building with white columns and a text box over the center that says "My experience at McMenamins Grand Lodge Hotel."
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    My experience at McMenamins Grand Lodge Hotel

    For a trip to Portland, my wife and I wanted to spend a few days outside of the city to relax and recharge our batteries.  About 30 miles from downtown Portland, we found Tualatin Valley.  In working with the local visitors association, we settled on McMenamins Grand Lodge Hotel in Forest Grove.  The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Portland International Airport or a two-hour transit using TriMet.  From downtown Portland, the lodge is a 30-minute drive or about 90 minutes on TriMet. Original king with private bath My wife and I opted for a king room with a private bath.  There is plenty of space for two suitcases and…