NEXT STOP: PORTLAND (TRANSCRIPTION)
00:00-00:04 JON: Hi, I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop, from the Rose City
00:12-00:32 JON: Portland Oregon is one of the more colorful, vibrant cities in the United States, In fact, it was just named the city with the best food of any city in the world. They also have the most breweries of any city in the country, and we dive into that fact on this episode of Next Stop. We also set sail on the Columbia, we’ll introduce you to some of the colorful locals, and we feature Floater, a band that absolutely rocked the house. The fun starts now!
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00:35-00:48 JON Beer is a culture in Portland, it’s not just a drink. In fact, it’s been dubbed beer-vana by beer enthusiasts from all over the world, and for good reason. Portland has more breweries than any other city in the country. Let’s explore this further at the Widmer Oktoberfest.
00:53-01:03 JON: Very honored to be joined by two of the fathers of Portland breweries, the city with the most breweries in the county, take us back to the 70’s Kurt and Rob, what was going on in your world that made you want to get into beer?
01:04-01:09 KURT: We were home brewers, strictly home brewers in the 70, so no aspirations to take it beyond home brewing.
01:10-01:11JON: Now, you went to Germany for a couple years?
01:12-01:13 KURT: I did, I lived in Germany in the mid 70’s.
01:13-01:14 JON: Tell us about that, what did you learn?
01:14-01:19 KURT: Actually living there in Freiburg for a couple years, I came to appreciate where beer actually fits in the great scheme of things.
01:19- 01:21 JON: So then you came back to Portland.
01:21-01:22 KURT: Yeah.
01:23-01:24 JON: Convinced your brother to quit what he was doing, and join you, right?
01:25-01:28 KURT: Well, when I came back, that’s when we started home brewing. we both started doing that, we did that for about 5 years.
01:29-01:35 ROB: It was coincidentally, we weren’t under the same roof or, you know, it was serendipity that we both started home brewing at the same time.
01:36-01:41 JON: Look at this today, would you ever dream back in the late 70’s, early 80’s that you would have something like this today?
01:42-01:51 KURT: Oh, you know, an event like this is so great. I mean, this is Portland, there is a reason why Portland is the number one beer city in the whole western hemisphere.
02:00-02:10 JON: So when you think of Oktoberfest, especially when you spell it with a K, you think of Germany. Constance is from Germany. We found her, she actually found us. Willkommen!
02:11-02:12 CONSTANCE: Thank you.
02:13-02:15 JON: So, Oktoberfests are a big, big deal in Germany. What do you think of our little Oktoberfest here?
02:16-02:20 CONSTANCE: I really love it. It’s like, very cool and bigger that I expected.
02:21-02:22 JON: It’s bigger than you expected?
02:23-02:24CONSTANCE: It’s really bigger than I expected.
02:25-02:26 JON: Now how about the beer, how do you like the beer compared to German beer?
02:27-02:41 CONSTANCE: Umm, like, it depends. Like if you drink the pils and stuff, it’s very similar to the German stuff, but I know people, like my friends, they drink very hoppy beer which is different, a little bit stronger.
02:47-03:08 JON: Question for you on Portland trivia. How did Portland get it’s name?
GUY ONE:I thought you said it was a simple question.
JON: It is a simple question. It was either by a guy named Port, it was a coin flip, or, it was from a sea captain who was in here on Port.
GUY TWO: Coin flip.
JON: Are you sure?
GUY THREE: Yep
JON: You are correct
ALL GUYS: Yeah, yeah!
03:09-03:27 JON: How many different beers are there in Portland?
GUY ONE: A lot.
JON: I know a lot, but how many do you think?
GUY TWO: More than enough! Heck yeah, Heck yeah!, thank you!
GUY ONE: I want say 20 or 30
GUY TWO: I would say 28.
JON: You win. 351.
03:34-03:49 JON: Outside is rock and rolling right now, but Rob brought me inside to this special room, to taste some special beers, out of special glasses. We were talking about that, when you drink wine, you drink pinot out of a nice pinot glass, or cabernet out of a cabernet glass. Most people don’t think about drinking beer out of the right glass.
03:50-04:31 ROB:With craft beers there is so much nuance, that if you drink out of a bottle it’s really kind of like plugging your nose and eating something, you are going to miss, a lot of it.
ROB: So this is a German beer from a town called Vossler, this is called agrosa. It’s very low alcohol, so this is a great daily, session style beer. This uses a hop called citra hop, which has a grapefruity character. So, we decided, well, ok, that’s good, but why don’t we add some grapefruit rind to this beer.
ROB: SO this has a very grapefruity character.
JON: It totally does!
ROB: Pretty typical pacific northwest IPA, hops are grown right here, most of this character is from this hop.
04:35-04:56 JON: Native Oregonians like to boast they never use an umbrella. What they mean is, they rarely use an umbrella, because after all, what’s a little rain anyway? And when it does rain, its usually a light mist. Portland only gets 38 inches of rain annually, less than New York City, so its pretty safe to say when you come to Portland, you can leave your umbrella at home. But, if you need one, just come down to Pioneer Square, this guy’s got one for you.
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04:59-05:07 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we take a stroll through downtown Portland with Mayor Sam Adams, and will introduce you to some colorful locals at a neighborhood festival.
05:09-05:33 JON: Portland Oregon has the largest wooded city park in America, Forest Park, covering over 5,000 square acres. It also has the smallest park in the world, Mill Ends Park, created in 1948 on St Patrick’s Day, to be the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland. Might explain why Portland has a killer St Patrick’s Day festival, one I always like to attend. This park make me feel big!
05:38-05:48 JON: Portland is truly one of the most vibrant cities in the country, lots of changes, lots of growth. Who better to talk about the growth than the honorable Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams.
SAM: Hi Jon, how are you?
JON: Welcome to Next Stop.
05:49-06:03 SAM: I’m glad to be here.
JON: What a beautiful city, what a beautiful Pioneer Square. Tell us about this place, it’s the center of the city, right?
SAM: Yes, this is Pioneer Courthouse Square, its known as the living room for Portland, and right behind us the Decemberists are getting ready to play at one of our annual music conferences here in the square.
06:04-06:32 JON: Now you guys have lots of things happening here in the square year round, right?
SAM: Yeah, rain or shine, there’s something going on here in Portland’s living room, Pioneer Square.
JON: How is Portland changing right now, there is lots of growth happening, some of the streets are kind of torn up, but its all for good reasons.
SAM: That’s right, we’ve got a whole new extension of our streetcar, we’re about to break ground on an extension of light rail, the other big changes in Portland is that we are becoming a more diverse city, racially, ethnically, and I think that’s great. I think it makes us a more interesting and stronger city. A more creative city.
06:33-06:53 JON: Portland was just voted the number one food city, not just in the northwest, not just in the US, but in the world.
SAM: Our food cart scene is really grass roots. It started on it’s own. We have about 500 food carts in the city of Portland.
JON: So you are number one in beer, number one in food,. We’ve tried the beer, but we haven’t tried the food.
SAM: Wait til you try it!
JON: Let’s go, it’s lunch time
06:59-07:21 JON: So this is pretty much where it all started.
SAM: This is exactly where it all started, and as you can see, the focus is on the food, not necessarily the furnishings or the surroundings.
JON: That’s great though, and now this food cart I understand won the most exotic food cart in Portland, which would mean the most exotic food cart in the world, right?
SAM: This is a fantastic food cart, and I recommend the youcanhazit cheesburger
07:22-07:50 RYAN: It is a quarter pound black angus burger, its in between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches as buns, it comes with fresh lettuce, tomato, grilled onions. Patty melt is whats famous around the country, and this just kind of our take on it here in Portland. Sam and Jon, youcanhazit cheeseburgers.
JON Alright, wow.
SAM: Oh my goodness that’s good, that is a burger to die for.
07:53-08:14 JON: I cannot think of a more beautiful day to visit downtown Portland, the food carts come in all shapes and sizes. We have a pretty pink one here.
SAM: Very pink
JON: And we have Big A Sandwiches, now I understand this place has a sandwich named after you.
SAM: Ah, it’s true, and it’s quite a sandwich from what I’ve heard. I’ve never actually had the opportunity to taste it until today.
JON: You haven’t?
JON: You are doing it on Next Stop.
08:15-08:54 ALL: Hey, hi.
JON:Hi I’m Jon.
LISA: Nice to meet you.
JON: So Sam and I were debating about the Big A** Sandwiches, with two asterisks, and I’m thinking it stands for Ash, since the Ash Street Saloon is right across the street.
SAM: It’s Art, Art, right? Big Art Sandwiches?
LISA: Big BLEEP Sandwiches. Big BLEEP Sandwiches.
JON: Nice. So speaking of Big BLEEP Sandwiches, you guys have the Sam Adams.
LISA: We do.
JON: What’s on that?
LISA: Ham, turkey, miracle whip on our ciabatta roll.
JON: How did you guys get into this business?
LISA: We wanted to open a restaurant, but economically, this is a little bit smarter. Big Bleep, Mayor Adams.
SAM: Oh, thank you.
BRIAN: There you are sir.
08:56-09:39 JON: You guys have a really good thing going on with food, beer, wine here in Portland, this is fun. And your sandwich, these guys did you right!
SAM: This is a good sandwich. Thank you Big ___ Sandwiches,
JON: You can’t say the word?
JON: When you are done with all the food carts, you can head down to Voodoo Doughnuts, seen on the food network, seen all over the place.
SAM: You can get a doughnut that designed to look like dirt, and another one that has you know, all kinds of, I don’t know, you will have to check it out.
JON: I see ‘Keep Portland Weird’ all over the city.
SAM: That’s right.
JON: Portland is a wonderful city, what make it, what is the ‘Keep Portland Weird’ thing all about?
SAM: It really is you know, Portland is a place where you can be who you are, and whether that is weird to other people, here in Portland, we embrace that.
JON: Like this guy here. Elvis Presley lives in Portland Oregon everybody.
SAM: He has not left the building.
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09:50-10:04 JON: Portland is a city made up of many diverse neighborhoods. The Alberta district is one of the more colorful neighborhoods. Every last Thursday of every month they celebrate Last Thursday, all up and down Alberta Street. Tonight we also celebrate the opening of the Alberta Rose Theater.
10:39-10:44 JON: Let’s go inside the theater and enjoy the sights and sounds of the March Forth Marching Band, the pride of Portland.
11:09-11:40 JOHN: A group of us got together actually on Alberta, just a few blocks down the street. We had a meeting and put the band together for a fat Tuesday party. Oddly enough when we tour we try to keep it around 20, but we have about 30 something people in the band.
JON: Well this was awesome tonight you guys. The crowd loved you, you christened the theater.What do you think about this place, brand new venue?
JOHN: I really like it. I’ve been living basically 2 blocks from here for about 11 years.
JON: No kidding.
JOHN: So I’ve been…this place was a church forever, and sort of watching it and all of a sudden it’s now a venue, and I’m really excited because there is really no proper venues on this street.
11:42-11:58 ADAM:We have kind of designed the place to be able to do live theater, plays, dance, live music, and soon we are going to install a screen and video projection and we are going to be able to do movies.
12:04-12:23 JON: Last Thursday on Alberta Street was definitely on of the more eclectic events we have ever attended. Portland is loaded with live performance venues, and The Alberta Rose theater, christened tonight, is a great place to be entertained. If you come to Portland, come on the Last Thursday of the month, and come to Alberta Street. I guarantee you the experience of a lifetime.
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12:35-12:41 JON: Coming up, Portland’s vibrant floating home community, and we set sail on the mighty Columbia River with new friends.
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12:45-13:03 JON: Portland Oregon’s Tri Met is one of the most sophisticated light rail and bus transportation systems in the country. It’s MAX, or Metropolitan Area Express, connects downtown Portland with several surrounding areas, and if you are a business traveler to Portland, you can take the MAX right from PDX to downtown Portland and back, it’s very safe, it’s very convenient, and very affordable.
13:18-13:29 JON: Living on the water is a lifestyle for thousands of Portlanders, there is about a half dozen communities. I’ve always been intrigued by this lifestyle, so today we get to learn about it. We’re also going to set sail on the Columbia with some new friends.
13:35-13:57 JON: It’s a gorgeous day on the river, and it’s a great way, and a great way, to make new friends. Kate, Tom, Chelle, what’s it live to live on the water? I’ve always been intrigued. I’ve always wanted to, but I never have.
TOM: Different than on land for sure. One thing is, you are very close to you neighbors, and uh…
JON: You better like them!
TOM: You better like them, You better-you do need to be social.
13:58-14:38 KATE: It’s such a community, I mean, you really are. There is 71 homes down here, and you are family. You are 2 feet away from your neighbors, we’re at the bottom of the ramp, there is only one way in and out. Someone goes out of town and they are like ‘Hey I’m going to be gone for a couple of weeks, walk my dog, take care of my cats, water my plants’ I mean we are just so intertwined, it’s so beyond community, it’s really a family.
CHELLE: It’s really great to be able to step out off your deck and go boating. I think most people who live on the water love the water, and love to boat. Most people have boats, and that’s kind of what draws them down here. To us, that’s really what is is all about, is being able to have access all the time to the water. At the spur of the moment if you want to go out on it you can.
14:46-15:28 JON: And away we go. This is nice, tell me about the neighborhood.
CHELLE: This is our neighborhood! When we take our friends around to see our neighborhood we take them up the channel in our boat. When you live on the water this is your neighborhood, it’s a little water world.
JON: How long have you been here Eric?
ERIC: I’ve lived here for 4 years in a floating home, been in Portland 20 some years, Seattle before that. Seattle is where I learned to sail.
JON: Where are we going today Eric, what are we doing?
ERIC: Well, we are going to head out the North Portland Channel, which is what we are in right now, then we are going to head up the river, put some sails up. It’s a perfect day out there, the wind is just right for sailing, and as you can see, maybe 3 clouds in the sky.
15:36-15:52 ERIC: Ok guys, so here is what we are going to do, we’re going to turn the boat into the wind and that will allow us to raise our mainsail. I’m going to send Jacob up to the mast, he is going to do what is called jumping the halyard and Jon, you are going to actually be down here on the wench coffee grinding it up
16:10-16:27 JON: So I love the terminology in sailing, lots of different terminology to get used to. What is this thing called?
CHELLE: This is the mast.
JON: And what is that bar over there called?
CHELLE: This is the boom.
JON: Hmm, we’ve got a boom. That’s our boom right there. I’m going to go ahead and guess that your boom is more useful that our boom.
16:38-16:51 JON: I always wondered what it would be like to live on the water and now we know. It’s a lifestyle I could definitely get a hold of. We had a great time, we met some new friends and went sailing, we are ending here at the Island Cafe right on the water. I like it. You guys have a good thing going on here in Portland.
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16:56-17:01 JON: Portland has one of the best live music scenes in the country, so stick around for our featured band, Floater.
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17:58-18:12 JON: Portland Oregon’s music scene is off the charts, one of the best in the country and Floater tonight absolutely rocked one of the best live music venues, the Crystal Ballroom. Three guys! Three guys bringing that kind of sound to the stage.
18:48-19:29 JON: Who writes your music? Because your new cd tonight is fantastic, it’s awesome. Everything you guys do is great.
ROB: Ah, thank you, wow. You know, it’s pretty collaborative really. I mean sometimes I’ll come in with a whole song that I think is done, and then these guys will play it and go, you know, it would be better like this, and then it is.
ROB: Then sometimes we don’t even have a starting point, we just start kind of throwing ideas out and they stick, and you know there is an element of like when the chefs will just throw noodles at the wall and see what sticks.
JON: See what sticks!
ROB: We do a lot of that like…that one works.
20:03-20:59 JON: Let’s talk about about Portland music, because, you know, I think most viewers watching around the country right now are not probably really privy to the Portland music scene. This is a thriving, bumping music scene. Why Portland Oregon?
ROB: It’s crazy, it’s crazy. I mean what blows me away, you go out on tour and you can be in a city that has 12 million and there are fewer clubs to play than there are in a city like Portland that is 2.
ROB: And you find yourself going why are you 6 times larger in terms of population but there is so little happening, you know, and you come to Portland and there is this sort of bizarre like renaissance, it’s incredible.
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21:32-21:50 JON: Thanks for tuning in to this episode of Next Stop from the gorgeous Rose City of Portland, Oregon. You guys have to check this place out, we met some great people, what a beautiful city. Thanks also to our shows sponsors, Alaska Airlines, award winning Alaska Airlines, and Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. We’ll see you next time on Next Stop. Where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody!