Aquavit 101 and Aquavit Week 2016 Preview with Jacob Grier — Episode 8 of the Great Food Great Stories Podcast with Steven Shomler
In this episode Steven Shomler visits with Jacob Grier— Acclaimed Bartender, Author of Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer, and Founder of Aquavit Week.
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During his Great Food Great Stories visit Jacob tells us what Aquavit is, talks about some of his favorite aquavit cocktails, and shares where in Portland you can get an excellent Aquavit cocktail including Broder, The Bit House Saloon, Expatriate, La Moule, The Multnomah Whiskey Library, and Wayfinder.
Steven and Jacob then talk about the 2016 edition of Aquavit Week. The Portland edition runs December 4-10. “Aquavit Week is a celebration of the classic Scandinavian spirit, whether distilled in Europe or elsewhere, served neat or in cocktails. Founded in 2012, Aquavit Week returns in its fifth year.”
During the discussion about Aquavit Week Jacob talks about some the distilleries making aquavit here in Portland Including House Spirits Distillery, Bull Run Distillery, and Rolling River Spirits.
Toward the end of this episode they enjoy some aquavit – Brennivin & Linie and Steven tells Jacob about the Beef on Weck – a sandwich popular in western New York that is served on kummelweck roll – a roll is topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds.
One Fun Note — Following the recording of this Podcast, the Beef on Weck tangent led to a phone call, which resulted in Lardo being part of 2016 Portland Aquavit Week.
Lardo is going to be offering a special cocktail and a special sandwich for Portland Aquavit Week.
If you want to here the story of Rick Gencarelli, Founder of Lardo see Episode 1 of the Great Food Stories Podcast.
Speaking of Fun Aquavit Events –check out the Aquavit Week calendar here for a full listing — www.aquavitweek.com/complete-schedule.
If you like beer – you might be interested in Snaps & Taps (Dec. 4-10) – “Sample aquavit and beer pairings featuring special beers from some of Portland’s finest brewers at Portland’s best bars. Look for beers from Breakside Brewing, Upright Brewing, The Commons, Drinking Horse, and, for our first ever Aquavit Week cider, a special release from Reverend Nat’s” — www.aquavitweek.com/snaps-taps-2016
The Great Food Great Stories Podcast is brought to you by Portland Culinary Radio, and is generally recorded at Culmination Brewing Company. Steven Shomler is your host.
Many thanks to Ken Wilson the Media Maestro for his amazing engineering and editing!