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On Phoenix’s main street stands a quaint white house with a blue roof. Inside is a steaming cup of coffee, vegan donuts, and much more. The recently opened Jam Coffee House offers a warm interior with inviting seating areas sectioned off for secluded visiting and private studying. The light wood

As the name would suggest, Portal is a hole-in-the-wall brewery that takes you off the concrete streets of Medford, and into another world. Not some over-the-top fantasy world, or a bar with a gimmicky theme.  Instead, Portal Brewing is a place with hand painted comics, hanging on the wall.  It’s

Earlier this year, the Oregon POUR Authority & Pizza Studio (OPPA) moved from their original tucked-away location across from the post office in Grants Pass to the hottest block in town, H Street. Home to the historic Rogue Theatre, the Haul restaurant, and The Sound Lounge, H Street and the

It takes a village to raise a café and that’s exactly what’s taken place at the Medford Food Co-op with the opening of their new venue, The Café. “It’s be a very eclectic mix of different flavors, culturally, all from scratch and we’re featuring as much local and organic foods

The first bar I patronised  in the Rogue Valley was Ashland’s Wild Goose. The last bar I will write about for Drink Local is the Wild Goose. You will find everything you need there for a pleasant evening out, with friends, with your Valentine, with the intriguing soul you want

As much as Ashland may be known for its chumminess and collaborative nature—and that includes the culinary scene—the chefs here still like to compete with each other, at least once each year. The annual event takes place November 2 – 5, and 12 of Ashland’s chefs will battle for the

In addition to the Drink Local Research Department’s usual post-hike beer encounters this summer, we had three bear encounters. #1: A series of grunts we interpreted as, “back off, two-legged, fur-less creatures,” and we did. #2: A glimpse of scampering cubs and a retreat to the car without waiting to

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam’s influential 2000 book, Bowling Alone, charts Americans’ social disengagement, from declining church attendance, to fewer family dinners, to “bowling alone.” Putnam’s chief reason for America’s diminishing sociability? The rise of television. One suspects that Putnam might never have entered a sports bar, home field for

First of all, Oktoberfest doesn’t actually take place in October. By the time this Messenger reaches the Rogue Valley, it will be the 184th version’s final weekend in Munich. Second, Oktoberfest has no connection to the Autumnal Equinox, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Michaelmas, or the fall harvest. Rather, Crown Prince

(Editor’s Note: Drink Local makes anonymous visits to randomly chosen vineyards and wineries to discover the truth about wine—de vino veritas—in Southern Oregon.) You have to get up early to join the grape harvest at Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point. Like all of Southern Oregon’s vineyards, the precarious series