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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.

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

When I first moved to southern Oregon, I went to a wine tasting party with my sister and a group of her friends. I hadn’t been out of college for more than a few months, which meant I was still in that phase of my life where “expensive” beer was

I’ve always been an above average student.  A solid B- was my general GPA from High School through College. This fact has only been exaggerated now that I’m above the legal drinking limit and can walk to a bar at any time of the day and order a beer. I

It’s a bit of irony that as a child I never liked writing. I have very vivid memories of myself throwing a tantrum on the floor, pleading to my mother to help me write my three (yes, three) sentence synopsis of a news article. I’d do everything in my power

I spend a lot of time drinking. This would sound very worrying to someone like my psychologist father who spends his time listening to alcoholics and people with anxiety problems, but drinking is very much a social part of our world. Book clubs, dates, writing clubs, social hangouts, everything centers

The first thing anyone says when I bring up Grants Pass is that phrase, “It‘s the Climate!” They either say this with a knowing chuckle, or in a sort of sardonic way that makes me wonder if they actually like the climate at all. I had no idea what the