St. Patricks Day

How to Make The Green Patrick Cocktail


I am so excited to share this green and delicious take on a Bloody Mary. The Green Patrick is a cocktail that was originally made to drink on St. Patricks Day but it can be enjoyed any time of year your in the mood for a green drink. Seriously, this green Bloody Mary has a […]

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BBaF Podcast Episode 10: Irish Whiskey with Tim Herlihy


Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to make sure we had a decent intro to Irish whiskey on the Bit by a Fox Podcast for the occasion. And I couldn’t think of anyone better than Irishman, Irish whiskey expert and Tullamore D.E.W. brand ambassador,Tim Herlihy to charm us through this Irish whiskey lesson.

In this week’s episode, Tim breaks down what the difference is between Irish whiskey and other whiskey categories, he fills us in on a bit of history and what makes Irish whiskey so special. We also learn exactly how the Irish truly celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Hint – it doesn’t involve green beer. Tim also shared with us his favorite Irish whiskey cocktail, The Tipperary.

Listen to Episode 10: Irish Whiskey with Tim Herlihy” – me

The Tipperary
1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
2 dashes of aromatic Bitters
Orange Twist for garnish

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well chilled, and then strain into a cocktail glass. Express the oils of the orange peel over the glass and garnish.

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Firefighters Playing Bagpipes Monday

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EUGENE, Ore. — A group of Eugene and Springfield firefighters are getting ready for action Monday, not with their helmets and hoses but their kilts and bagpipes.

They’re called the Eugene Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Started in 2007, the 10-member band plays at various ceremonies and memorials throughout Oregon.

Pipe major and band founder, Wayne Morris, says the group was formed at the fire station at 13th and Willamette when other firefighters asked him to teach them how to play. From there, the band was born. But, Morris says the idea of the band was inspired much earlier.

“Really, it came after 9/11. There’s a long history with the bagpipes and being tradition with the fire service and after 9/11, we saw a need for that same tradition to take part here in our area,” said Morris.

The band is made up of current and retired firefighters, as well as support staff.

It’s playing at various places on Monday for St. Patrick’s Day. To see a full list of times and places they’ll be stopping at, click here.

Wine Down Eugene

–Julia Crowley, EDNWine Down for March 14 – March 20

The Broadway Wine Merchants, located in Oakway Center in Eugene, is a small wine shop and wine bar with a big wine selection. Excellent local, national and international wines line the walls and fill the shelves; however, the wine selection is not the only thing that keeps me coming back.

Knowledgeable owner & staff: If you aren’t sure what wine to pair with a meal, or which wine to take to a party, or if the wine you’re eyeing is sweet or dry, your questions will be answered by either the owner himself, Angus James, or one of The Broadway’s knowledgeable staff members. James once told me there isn’t a single bottle of wine in his shop that he didn’t sample and approve prior to adding them onto the shelves.

Wine is served in its proper glass: I once posted on my Wine Julia Facebook page, “I may not be a wine snob, but I do declare, I am a wine glass snob.”  I love Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, and the larger bowl of a Burgundian (Pinot Noir) style glass accumulates the delicate flavors and aromas of Pinot; therefore, making the wine significantly more enjoyable. My favorite stemware is produced by the wine glass company Riedel (pronounced the same way as needle). Riedel was the first company to understand how the shape of a glass can dramatically affect a wine’s bouquet and flavor, and wine at The Broadway is served in nothing other than my favorite Riedel stemware.

Ambrosial cheese selections: The Broadway has its own cheese expert, Catie Jenkins. For over a year, Jenkins has been hand selecting each of the cheeses offered in the shop, and every single cheese I’ve experienced at The Broadway has been outstanding.

The Broadway recently decided to designate the last Tuesday of each month to wine and cheese pairing events, and I attended their first event on February 28, 2012. Jenkins selected five cheeses to pair with five wines, and the experience was ambrosial. To find out what cheeses graced my plate and wines that filled my glass, visit

The next wine and cheese event is scheduled for March 27. For details, pricing and reservations, call 541-685-0790.


Wine Bars & Wine Shops

B2 Wine Bar: Sat. serving St. Patty’s Day specials andlive music with the Blue Valentine’s start at 8 pm; Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

Rodeo Steakhouse & Grill: Sat. 6:30 pm, live bagpipe performance and special St. Patty’s Day Luck of the Irish menu of corn beef cabbage soup, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Soda Biscuits and Chocolate Guinness & Bailey’s Cake. Benton-Lane and Whybra wines sold here. 495 Holly St., Junction City.

Luckey’s Club: Sat. 6:30 pm, Open Irish Jam, Matthew Hayward-McDonald, Eugene Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Man Overboard, Sid & Fancy. Beer garden outside. 933 Olive St., Eugene.

McShane’s Bar & Grill: Sat. St. Patty’s Day festivities include live music with Reeble Jar, bagpipes by Desmond O’Boyle. Show starts at 9 pm. 86495 College View Rd., Eugene.

The Cooler Restaurant: Fri. St. Patrick’s festival kicks off Friday night with live performances by Irish Echo, The Alder St. All Stars, Eugene Fire Pipes & Drums and Piping Hot; Sat. live performances from Bulls On Parade, Eugene Fire Pipes & Drums and Piping Hot. serving corned beef and cabbage and Guinness. 20 Centennial Lp., Eugene.

Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Thu. 6-9 pm, Culinary Tour through Italy: Cucina Regionale-Trentino Alto Adige. Seating is limited, call for reservations 541-342-6963; Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm. Hard cider tasting with Woodchuck Cider; Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting with Benton-Lane Winery. 2489 Willamette St., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Every Last Tuesday of the month, 6-8 pm wine & cheese pairing event; Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Wed. 5-8 pm, half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm, live music. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with The Brook Adams; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Breaker’s Yard; March art by Mari Livie – Cloth and Clay. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. and Sat. 7 pm, live music; Nice wine selection here and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.

16Tons (Taphouse): Thu. 4-6 pm, Harvester Brewing tasting -Harvester Brewing in SE Portland is a dedicated gluten-free brewery. 265 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm wine tasting; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine, great Oregon wine selection. 1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene

Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.

Café Soriah: Wed. starting at 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.

Authentica Wines: Tue. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Wine tasting available every Saturday at the Wine Bar, and on the first Friday of each month during the Art Walk. With a focus on artisan, small production wines for every budget, you’re bound to find something you love at this wine shop. 766 W. Park St., Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Anderson Valley Brewing Co.; Sat. noon-5 pm, wine tasting of cheap and cheerful European wines. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Steelhead Brewery: Sun. – Sat. 11:30 am – 11 pm, open later on Fri. and Sat., In addition to their own wine, Steelhead Red, you’ll find almost 20 wines by the glass, including 5H, Hinman, Erath and King Estate. 199 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Le Bar at 5th Street Public Market/Marché: This new bar has an extensive wine list. 296 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Mac’s at the Vets Club: Wed. 6-9 pm, Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week. $8 Burger and Brew night, too. 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.

Café 440: Wed., all day. Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. ’06 Territorial Capital T Reserve can be found here. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.

Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm, free weekly wine or beer tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carries a large selection of local and international wine and craft beer, in addition to liquor. 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield.

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm, free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm, purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2. 3443 Hilyard St., Eugene.

Café Zenon: Tues., Fifty percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm, $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estates’ Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here at half off on Tuesdays. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.

Izumi Sushi and Grill: Izumi has great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire. 2773 Shadow View Dr., Eugene.

Sam’s Place Tavern: Sports bar with a wine list featuring excellent Oregon wines between $4 and $7 a glass – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., Eugene.

Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10 pm, Late Night at The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. Twenty-five varieties of wine for $25 dollars. 2645 Willamette St., Eugene.

Kiva Grocery: Wine department focuses on affordable Northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. Ten percent off mixed cases, 15 percent off unbroken cases. 125 W. 11th, Eugene.

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off; complimentary wine tasting in the lobby; excellent wine list. 207 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection of Oregon wine here. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Cornucopia Maize Lounge: Daily happy hour 3-6 pm – “3/3/3 at 3″ special, three-dollar micros, wells and wine. 73 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.


Wineries and Vineyards

Domaine Meriwether: Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting, live music, fun; Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether still and sparkling wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Fri., 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun., 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live in the Barn with Peter Giri, 21 and over only; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm fresh fruit wines. 80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove.

Benton-Lane: Sat. 4-6 pm, Benton-Lane will be pouring samples at a Capella Market wine tasting; Daily Noon to 5pm; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon.-Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun., 12-6 pm; Sun. Live music with Pete & Lloyd; Sample the different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines, along with full-bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

Pfeiffer Winery: Sat./Sun. 11 am – 5 pm, Wine Tasting and Stella & Dot Trunk show in celebration of the 40th Annual Daffodil Festival; Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm, keep warm while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Capitello Wines: Another local winery without walls, so keep an eye out on Capitello’s Facebook page for upcoming events and tastings.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Sun. 8:30 am – noon. Spring Winery Run & Brunch for women runners of all levels. Call 541-968-1362 for details; Open daily 12-5 pm, Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: January through March, by appointment only,
Wine Tastings in the Barn. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music with Alex Hagerty; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

King Estate: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. Stop by and taste some of their multiple award winners: Melon De Bourgogne, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Asian Girl Merlot, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and their double award-winning Red Bordeaux blend, Entourage. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.

J. Scott Cellars: Tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste these excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Abbelone Vineyards: Another fabulous winery without walls; check back frequently to find out where you can sample their delicious Pinot Noir.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Sat. 12-5 pm, Grand opening of their newly constructed tasting room where you can sample Brigadoon’s three excellent wines: a Pinot Blanc and two Pinot Noirs; New tasting room hours Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls,” so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.

Kandarian Wine Cellars: Excellent local winery without walls, check back often for wine tasting information.

Noble Estate: Open 7 days/week, 12-5 pm. Tasting room with beautiful patio and gorgeous view,. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

Briggs Hill Winery: A winery without walls. Check back frequently to see where and when they will be offering samples of their wine.

Iris Vineyards: In the process of changing their tasting hours, will have more information soon. 195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.

Patchwork Cellars: Christian Fox, owner of Patchwork Cellars, pours his excellent wine at certain events around town. Check back often for his schedule of tastings.

Dylan’s Run: Another winery without walls. Keep an eye out for tastings at the Fern Ridge Chamber of commerce, Wineries without Walls.

Save the Date or Reserve Now

 Heidi Tunnel Catering: March 17, St. Patricks Day Supper – House Cured Corned Beef and Cabbage, Live Music. No reservations necessary. Open from 6-9pm.

Marché Provisions: Mar. 22, Bubbly Class – Tasting and talking about sparkling wines from all over the world. For more details and reservations: 541-743-0660. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Mar. 27, 6pm. Wine & Cheese pairing event; Apr. 12, 6 pm. Archery Summit wine tasting with food by Chef Glen. Call 541-685-0790 for pricing and reservations. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

No Pot of Gold Needed


No Pot of Gold Needed

Tomorrow, a large majority of Eugene will be wearing green of a different kind. Celebrated on March 17th internationally, Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday commonly known for shamrocks, leprechaun’s and green beer.  So much so that it is in fact one of the leading days for alcohol consumption in the United States. In the spirit of  St. Patrick and all that is green and frothy, here are some places for you to raise a glass to the patron saint of Ireland….on the cheap of course.

Luckey’s St. Patty’s Day Extravaganza! The celebration includes The Irish Sessions with Patrick O’Kelley, the Eugene City Firefighters Pipes and Drums, Jesse Mead, open Irish jam session, traditional Irish music by Mathew Hayward-Macdonald, , Toad in the Hole and Sid and Fancy.  The Extravaganza kicks off at 6pm and tickets are only $10! and Sam’s Place are hosting a St. Pat’s Pub Crawl.  If a pub crawl sounds good on St. Patty’s Day meet at 7pm at Sam’s Place. Starting at 8pm crawl your way to Downtown Bar-muda triangle, O’Donnell’s, and The Wetlands. Cost is $10 per person and includes a drink before leaving Sam’s. Seating is limited so hurry to Sam’s Place to reserve your spot!

If you’ve never been to McShane’s,this St. Patrick’s Day is the day to go! Located off Highway 99 near Lane Community College, the three-story restaurant and bar offers St. Patrick’s Day-themed events. They kick things off at 11 a.m. and go all day, with traditional Irish music and the reading aloud of Irish limericks (always a crowd pleaser). Enjoy their special seven-item selection of traditional Irish dishes while listening to Medium Troy & Basin and Range at 8pm.

Other Eugene favorites on March 17th include Under the Big Top Tent” at O’Donnell’s Irish Pub. Normal Bean Band will be playing for the 3rd year in a row at this annual Irish celebration.  Diablo’s/Downtown Lounge is throwing their very own Big Leprechaun Funk Jam, the jam is FREE and starts at 9pm. Stop by The Cooler for a St. Patrick’s Irish Festival, featuring Pipin’ Hot Bag Pipers, the Irish Echo Band, Eugene Firefighters Pipes and Drums, & Nimrod band playing throughout the evening…all for $5.

Whether you are crawling, dancing or driving tomorrow night….please do it responsibly. I can’t afford to lose any readers.

933 Olive St. Eugene
Sam’s Place
825 Wilson St. Eugene, OR 97402
McShane’s Bar & Grill
86495 College View Eugene, OR
O’Donnell’s Irish Pub
295 Or-99 N Eugene, OR 97402
Diablo’s/Downtown Lounge
959 Pearl St. Eugene
The Cooler Restaurant and Bar
20 Centennial Loop, Eugene, OR 97401


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