Plus, meet the final four in our Ultimate PDX Brewery Bracket.

🐈 How to adopt a fuzzy “Morgan Freeman” here in PDX

Plus, meet the Final Four in our Ultimate PDX Brewery Bracket.

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Tuesday, Portland.

And I just gotta gush for a moment about Winnie McDonald’s live show. It’s called “Long Story Short” and we wrote all about it, Winnie, and her friend Skeeter (he’s a mosquito puppet) in last week’s Weird Wednesday. I had the pleasure of attending it in-person over the weekend, and I was moved by the show’s themes of overcoming adversity. It helped that the audience shared captivating personal stories of their own; they ran the gamut of uplifting to terrifying, but all were inspiring in their own way.

Skeeter was pretty jazzed about being serenaded on Sunday night at the Alberta Street Pub. (📸: Cassie Ruud)

You can watch Skeeter perform an interpretative dance to La Vie En Rose here, and follow Winnie on her socials for future performances! 

Also, today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are kicking off this week’s I Spy — Bridgeliner Bragging Rights™️ are on the line. They're challenged to find a specific location here in PDX. Wanna join the fun? Become a member today.

Without further ado, let’s go to press. 

🍺 The Ultimate PDX Brewery Bracket: Meet the Final Four

We’ve whittled things down to our final four breweries in the Ultimate PDX Brewery Bracket. — which of these fine breweries will make it to the final round? (📸: Bridgeliner illustration)

Cheers, Portland, and bottom’s up. 

We’ve made it to the Final Four round of our Ultimate Portland Brewery Bracket and here’s what we’ve learned so far: 

You like a good competition — this week, we saw over 750 votes. 

😔 This week, we said goodbye to: 

Little Beast Brewing

Wayfinder Beer

Ex Novo Brewing

Occidental Brewing

🎉 But they all gave our Final Four contestants a run for their money, especially Little Beast Brewing which was barely edged out by Ecliptic Brewing. Heading into the week ahead, the showdown continues with: 

Ecliptic Brewing, representing the “Cheers! Group” 

Level Beer from the “Foam-idables”

Ruse Brewing of "Suds & Sand"

Breakside Brewing from the "Eternal Hop-timasts”

So, who will it be folks? Which two breweries will advance to the final round of our Ultimate Portland Brewery Bracket? That’s up to you. 📊

Vote here by 9 a.m. on Monday, July 26 to see who’s moving on to the final round.

📌 As a reminder — our bracket is not here to find the “best” local brew, because “best” means something different to everybody. Instead, we are here to highlight the breweries that Portland really loves and which ones you feel best represent our fair city.

Alexa, play It’s The Final Countdown — ‘cause here we go.

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📰 What Portland’s talking about

Where do you go when you’re feeling on top of the world? Just a little bit higher. Tag #bridgeliner to be featured here. (📸: @keri_friedman)

➡️ A GoFundMe page has been set up for one of the victims of Saturday's shooting. Eighteen-year-old Makayla Harris was shot and died from her wounds in a suspected drive-by shooting around 2 a.m., in the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue. Six other people were injured in the attack. Gun violence has been on the rise in Portland in 2021, with nearly 500 incidents this year. To support Makayla's family and donate to the GoFundMe to help pay for memorial services, follow this link. (Oregon Public Broadcasting / OregonLive / CNN

🤔 Should this “New York Times” columnist run for Oregon’s governor seat? Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristoff (who grew up in Yamhill), has been hinting at a bid for the position. Kristoff told "Willamette Week" that his friends have been pushing him to go for it. What do you think, Portland? Hit reply and let us know. (KATU / Willamette Week)

🍛 Oh boy — vegan Japanese eatery Obon is looking to open a full-fledged restaurant. The menu will feature classics like umeboshi (pickled plum) onigiri, curried kabocha squash korokke, panko-breaded Ota tofu katsu, and hearty kenchinjiru miso vegetable stew. The restaurant is set to open this Friday, in the old Kachinka location on Grand Ave. (EaterPDX / Obon)

🐈 Ever wanted to adopt Morgan Freeman? Here’s your chance. Although, we can’t attest to whether this handsome cat has a buttery-smooth voice, we can tell you that he is a white and red Tabby who absolutely rocks a bow-tie. He may be a little slow to warm up to new folks, but this almost-15 pound kitty can turn into a major love bug once he does. If you adopt him, let us know if he narrates your life! (Oregon Humane Society)

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But when it comes to paying for news, it seems that’s non-negotiable for folks. Sure, this newsletter doesn’t arrive in a cute Birchbox package every month (wouldn’t that be interesting). But if you see value in the digital package you receive every morning (and you’ve told us you do!), we hope you’ll become a Bridgeliner Unabridged member. It costs $8 a month or $80 a year and it ensures that we get to keep the lights on around here. 😉


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💗 A guide to give back with Equitable Giving Circle

(📸: Courtesy of Equitable Giving Circle)

Did you know that Equitable Giving Circle has a great directory to support Black Indigenous and People of Color businesses here in Portland?

EGC is devoted to helping BIPOC Portlanders and farmers on every level. Which is why it’s so important to help them keep doing what they’re doing.

You can help them help more people by directly supporting them, donating resources, volunteering your time and platforms, attending one of their events, and getting the word out about the great work they do. You can also help EGC support local Black businesses by purchasing one of their curated gift boxes, which are chock full of wonderfulness. You can learn more about what goes into a curated gift box here

This organization is amazing and devoted to helping BIPOC Portlanders directly — let’s keep the good work going.

📰 Meet our staff at Bridgeliner

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🎨 Paint some watercolor birds with Salty Water Art (Online)


🐶 Attend a dog-friendly happy hour benefitting PAW Team for more than just good prices(Hopworks Urban Brewery on Powell — SE Portland )

🖌️ Paint the Willamette Valley in gorgeous shades of lavender with artist Kimberly Chai (Online)


🕯️ Learn five ways to build your own resilience with Adventist Health (Online)


🎉 Portland Reopening w/ Community Celebration 7/23-7/25(Across Portland)

🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Catch you here tomorrow.  

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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