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Nick Blakeslee

Nick Blakeslee

Nick got his formal writing education in college through a history and education degree, two degrees that required him to write a lot about dead people who made important decisions at one point in time. While he is thankful for that education, he’s delighted to write about something other than passed philosophers, national figureheads or “Differentiating the Classroom environment.” He writes the Drink Local piece for the Messenger by day, and bartends at a local joint in Medford by night. (No doubt doing some Research and Development.) When he’s not making (or drinking) fresh cocktails, he spends his time writing his own work, which can be found at writingbynick.com along with his annual Christmas Card.

Beer is my favorite beverage. This is about as surprising as finding out birds are happiest when flying. It’s part of their DNA, so no wonder. To say I was excited when I heard about Medford Beer Week would be putting it lightly. I might have squealed with the same

One of the greatest things about this region is that I’m still discovering stuff after eight years of living here. Prior to this week, I had no idea that Grants Pass held an annual brew festival. They’ve tacked it on with their yearly event, Boatnik—which is kind of like a

I’d never been to a Meadery before. Imagine my surprise when I find out we have one, but it’s also the only Meadery in Southern Oregon. This week, I checked out Steamworks Meadery, located in Medford. Steamworks opened in January. The owner and brewer, Drea, is soft spoken, kind and

  Have you ever heard of an urban winery? I hadn’t. Perhaps living in Southern Oregon’s inundated winery scene has biased my view of what winemaking looks like. I assumed that every vineyard also has the means for producing wine onsite. Clearly, that’s not quite the case. Urban Cork and

Rusty is a marvelous individual with incredible talent, charisma and warmth, and yet one decision in his life dictates how the world sees him. His story is like many that have come out about their sexuality; many friends left him, and his family struggles to accept him. Rusty displays an

Every year I do the Wild Rogue Relay. It’s a masochistic event where you gather eleven friends and run 227 miles to the coast. Every runner runs about 17 miles over the course of 24 hours and, generally speaking, there’s a lot of suffering involved. Certainly, there are times when

Located on the corner of Front and Main Streets, Elements Tapas Bar is a highlight of Medford’s downtown. I went in on a fairly busy night, looking for a couple of signature cocktails. My server, Courtney, was incredibly helpful and steered me towards several cocktails I enjoyed. I tried three

Sean Vice, owner of Vice Brewing Company in Grants Pass, Oregon, looks like the kind of guy you want brewing beer. Plaid shirt, A large smile, friendly eyes, and impressive beard. He moves with a steady purpose, and knows a lot about his main product. The brewery smelled wonderfully of

Gold Rush Cidery strikes it rich! The first cidery in Medford delivers strong flavors, and also a fun tasting room.

The holiday season means a few things for those of us who participate: 1. We’ll be forced to spend time with family we haven’t seen for most of the year, 2. Stress shopping and 3. Enough Holiday music to drive someone mad. There is one thing that helps in living