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Bricktown Brewing Medford’s neighborhood microbrewery and gastropub, with classed-up pub food that pairs perfectly with the brew. 44 S. Central, Medford 541-973-2377, bricktownebeer.com, Mon-Sat, 11:30am-10pm, Sun noon-6pm. Caldera Brewery Gargantuan brewery responsible for Caldera’s many beers, and dishing up top-notch gastropub food. Patio has a lovely view of the mountains

It’s a growing maxim in the world of economics: “Water is the new oil.” And the continuing realities of the current drought are bringing all its uses into question, everything from lawns to outdoor recreation to agriculture. Even, gasp, beer. While being nowhere near as big a waterhog as meat

There are consumer trends in flavors of beer, just like anything else. Some are past their prime and others ready for their primacy. The Messenger staff voted to find four beers that we need a whole lot more of, and four that it’s time to send to the woodshed. Cheers

Listen up mateys. Medford Beer Week is so full of grog and treasure that it’s hard to take it all in. That’s why the crew here at The Messenger dug through the loot and found the pearls. Here’s the not-to-miss events for Medford Beer Week. Fri., June 12 Medford Beer

We do our best to be informative here at The Messenger, to offer our readers the inside civic and cultural info they need to be super-citizens of the Rogue Valley, things like how upcoming elections will affect you and what upcoming live music you don’t want to miss. But it’s

Shelter by Robert Winters The other Robots shunned Seemore. They considered it a snob, an oddball, and possibly deranged. And they loathed it in some inexplicable fashion because it refused to choose a gender. “That’s so anthro,” Seemore said, “I don’t reproduce, so…?” Its human owner had set it free

Walkabout by Vanessa Newman “It’s all about perspective,” said Dr. Reed to the well-groomed woman sitting poised in front of him. “That is your best medical opinion?” she responded without the emotion this statement deserved. “Last week mother bought sandals and insisted that she was traipsing around Greece. She would

Robots, Man. Robots by Erik Blanchard   The Japanese were the first to go. After all, they invented the iSlut. They were at ground zero. That island nation devolved from technical giant to masturbatory bliss terrifyingly fast. China was next. The rest of us bought them as soon as we