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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.

When I was in college, my friends used to do this thing where they’d all go out and each buy a 5th of Gordon’s vodka and a chaser of choice. They’d all come over my place and I’d switch on the music and invite everyone we knew over for a

I got my degree in History. This does a few things for me. 1. It makes me really excited at parties when people bring up things like the Holy Roman Empire (and consequentially I rapidly kill any conversation). 2. Everyone thinks I’m great at trivia since, apparently, a history degree

I used to visit my grandmother every summer, out in the boonies of Idaho. She lived on thirteen acres, took care of three horses and, at one point in her life, regularly carried around a shotgun with the break open as if fearful a water buffalo might stampede through her

I’ve lived in Ashland for seven years now, and I’ve worked in the service industry for just as long. I get a lot of questions about the area: “Is it always so hot here?” and “Why are there so many people with dreadlocks?” and “Are you an actor at the

Here’s the thing about Opposition Brewing: it’s not for touristy types. If you’re looking for a nice sit-down place, for table service, a nice ambiance, or something quiet to have a conversation about the Shakespearean play you’ve just seen, this place is not for you. But if you want a

My parents were big fans of Mel Brooks, which meant I grew up watching a lot of Gene Wilder.  The VHS cases of Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles were well worn. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a staple in our collection as well. Not quite the sardonic satire

Noble Coffee just won its sixth Good Food Award, which is more than any other coffee company in the country? Why? What is the magic? JR: Any roaster who wants to be recognized in the coffee industry submits coffees to the Good Food Awards each year. Submissions undergo a blind

Osmo’s Alehouse is a simple tap house. One-story. One bar. One bartender. Upon first glance, it doesn’t look flashy. And yet, it gets its name from a character from a Finnish poem. Far from simple, right? When you enter, you’re greeted with some long tables, community style, looked to be

  Out past Highway 99, if you take Mason road off Sage Way, just beyond the Medford Shooting range, across the street from a Beverage Distribution center and next door to the Medford UPS CC, you’ll find a little alcove of beer heaven; a sort of Shangri-La, nestled between the

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