Tom and I left Oakland at 5 a.m and 11 hours later arrived in Portland just in time for the beginning of the Oregon Brewers Festival.
Chris, the P.R. goddess for the festival, and Tom, my ride to Portland.
We were at the fest until nine then had dinner at Lauro, a cool mediterranean restaurant near my friends Lisa and Mark’s place. After that we went to Root’s, a new Portland brewpub (where I had a terrific Imperial IPA) and then to a party at Jessie’s place (Jessie used to be a bartender at the Toronado in San Francisco). Also there were Vinnie and Natalie from Russian River Brewing, among others.