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October Is Music Month at Trusty Brewing

October at Trusty Brewing is all about the music—well, all about superior craft brews AND music, to be exact—with four nights of live music scheduled every Thursday evening in October from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. (Plus, Trusty Brewing is participating in Visit Vancouver USA‘s annual #DineTheCouve, which means $3 drink specials!) All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up:

  • Oct. 5: Indie folk singer-songwriter Crystal Lariza
  • Oct. 12: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • Oct. 19: Pacific Northwests blues/rock band Blues Ranch
  • Oct. 26: Zydeco, country, blues, Cajun, and folk with The Mud Bugs

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3.50 pints and cheap eats with $2 off all menu items. There are also menu items just for kids, including the kid-approved grilled cheese and spent grain pita. But wait, there’s more: every Monday is Mug Club Monday, with rotating food specials just for Mug Club members. What’s the Mug Club? Visit Trusty Brewing online at www.trustybrewing.com or better yet, drop by their brewpub at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver at 114 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Happy Hour at Moulton Falls Winery

Have you made plans for the long weekend? Well, there are plenty of things for you to enjoy at Moulton Falls Winery and in the surrounding countryside. How about a beautiful drive, for starters, followed by a nice hike along the East Fork of the Lewis River? Then, when you’re all thirsty and hungry, come to Moulton Falls for wine and cider tastings. On Friday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m., the tasting room is introducing new Happy Hour pricing: $5 pints of cider and draught beer and $9 wood-fired pizza. Enjoy Red Mountain grape-made wines, the 2015 Lemberger, Red Blends, Old No. 10, and Siouxon Red. Current ciders on tap include the Gristmill Gold, Yellowstone, Ripsaw Raspberry, and Chelatchie Cherry. Current beers include Transcend IPA, Old Timber Nut Brown Ale, R.I.P. Porter, and Heathen Blonde Ale.

On Friday, May 26, enjoy live folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. Come back on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear the Neil Young tribute band, Harvest Gold. The Moulton Falls Kitchen will be cooking up its tasty wood fired food including its legendary Moulton Melt: deli roast beef and ham piled on house-baked focaccia bread and topped with sautéed veggies and melted white cheddar, served with au jus and a crisp salad, for $9.95.

To learn more about this beautiful winery in a bucolic setting, visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery offers live music most Fridays and Saturdays and hosts several large outdoor concerts every summer. They are located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., just outside of Yacolt. Click here for directions.

Happy Hour at Moulton Falls Winery

Have you made plans for the long weekend? Well, there are plenty of things for you to enjoy at Moulton Falls Winery and in the surrounding countryside. How about a beautiful drive, for starters, followed by a nice hike along the East Fork of the Lewis River? Then, when you’re all thirsty and hungry, come to Moulton Falls for wine and cider tastings. On Friday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m., the tasting room is introducing new Happy Hour pricing: $5 pints of cider and draught beer and $9 wood-fired pizza. Enjoy Red Mountain grape-made wines, the 2015 Lemberger, Red Blends, Old No. 10, and Siouxon Red. Current ciders on tap include the Gristmill Gold, Yellowstone, Ripsaw Raspberry, and Chelatchie Cherry. Current beers include Transcend IPA, Old Timber Nut Brown Ale, R.I.P. Porter, and Heathen Blonde Ale.

On Friday, May 26, enjoy live folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. Come back on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear the Neil Young tribute band, Harvest Gold. The Moulton Falls Kitchen will be cooking up its tasty wood fired food including its legendary Moulton Melt: deli roast beef and ham piled on house-baked focaccia bread and topped with sautéed veggies and melted white cheddar, served with au jus and a crisp salad, for $9.95.

To learn more about this beautiful winery in a bucolic setting, visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery offers live music most Fridays and Saturdays and hosts several large outdoor concerts every summer. They are located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., just outside of Yacolt. Click here for directions.

Live Music at the Whiskey Bar

Spring is in the air, and that means it's time for…live music and really, really good whiskey at The Grant House, 1011 Officer's Row, near Fort Vancouver. The Commander's Whiskey & Wine Bar will have live music from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday evenings this month, expressly to provide a little mellow acoustic accompaniment to all the fine things you can drink and nibble on.

Come early for happy hour, which begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m., when the music begins. The happy hour menu includes (among many other good things) pastrami Reuben sliders on marble rye, chicken and pappardelle (pan-seared chicken breast with apricots, dijon, cream and walnuts), artichoke and spinach dip, or chips with tomato, cucumber, and serrano salsa—in addition to regional beer and wine and seasonally inspired cocktails. To see the full happy hour menu, click here. If you'd like to stay for dinner, call 360-906-1101 for reservations, or visit www.thegranthouse.us.

Here's the live-music line-up, from Friday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 30:

Friday, April 11: Peter Schwimmer Trio (bluegrass)
Tuesday, April 15: Lewi Longmire (Americana)
Wednesday, April 16: Cary Novotny (folk)
Thursday, April 17: Tom May (folk)
Friday, April 18: Peter Schwimmer Trio
Tuesday, April 22: Johnny Connolly & Leonard Barry (traditional Irish)
Wednesday, April 23: Dick Weissman (folk)
Thursday, April 24: Erin McNamee (Celtic/folk)
Friday, April 25: Erin McNamee
Tuesday, April 29: Eddie Parente (jazz)
Wednesday, April 30: Bob Soper (folk)

St. Patrick’s Day at Brickhouse

St. Patrick's Day isn't entirely about beer. Ok, maybe it's 70% about beer. But the other 30% is really fun, too, and it's happening this weekend at downtown Vancouver's Brickhouse Bar & Grill. There will be Irish music, dancing, pipes and drums…AND beer, from any of 20 rotating taps. If you're hungry—and we know you will be—Brickhouse offers an incredibly large menu of appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, burgers, flatbread pizza, and other entrées. Plus, you don't necessarily need to leave the kids at home; Brickhouse is family-friendly, welcoming all ages until 9 p.m. every day.

Happy hour—3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and all day Friday—features drink specials and 15 small plates under $4. While you're there (and perhaps before you've had your second Happy Hour pint) you'll want to appreciate Brickhouse's local Artist of the Month, whose work will be displayed throughout the establishment.

But back to the entertainment: St. Patrick's Day revelers can stop by on Friday, Saturday, and Monday to hear the Vancouver Fire and Police Department Pipes and Drums, live music from bands "Student Loan" and "Pass the Whiskey," as well as Irish dancing from the Yeats Academy Molly Malone Dancers. For the complete schedule, visit Brickhouse's Facebook page.
 

Happy Hour at Lapellah

You can't beat a good happy hour, especially if that hour (or two! or three?) is at Lapellah, one of Vancouver's culinary hotspots: a modern-yet-cozy outpost of exquisite small plates and artfully prepared cocktails, as well as a thoughtful selection of wine and beer and beautifully plated, delcious entrées and desserts.

But let's get back to happy hour. We came somewhere between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on a Sunday night, when the restaurant was full of happy diners, but not overcrowded. We didn't have to wait for a table, although that might have been pure luck, because it seemed that every table was occupied. We sat in a comfortable booth with a view of the lazily spinning copper wind sculptures outside; Lapellah is located in nicely designed Grand Central collection of shops and restaurants surrounding a giant Fred Meyer, on the corner of Columbia Blvd. and Grand Ave. But don't let the supermarket's proximity deter you—Lapellah's architechtural feel is decidedly upscale, and well-situated on a corner next to a landscaped plaza and with plenty of outside seating in the summer.

Once again, I digress; you want to know about the food and drinks, don't you? Fair enough. We ordered, between the four people in our party, six small plates from the happy hour menu. I had soft tacos with smoked brisket that tasted pleasantly of woodsy campfire, and a dish of cured green and black olives with a little rosemary. Others in our party had the Lapellah burger (appropriately flame-broiled and juicy with wide slices of grilled onion and melty cheese), red beans and rice (don't be put off by this humble combination: the beans are perfectly cooked with a spicy kick and slices of sausage), and something called a "Chicken Little Sandwich," which turned out to be a tender buttermilk-soaked piece of fried chicken nestled in a buttery soft roll and topped with a pickle slice. One member of our party asked for pasta primavera, which wasn't on the menu—there's always someone who wants to test the waiter's patience and the chef's ability, isn't there?—and her order was accomodated without the slightest hint of annoyance. The custom dish arrived with a Lapella-like twist on the theme: creamy pasta with tender, translucent onions and roasted Brussels sprouts, among other late winter vegetables.

Now let's get down to the thing that makes happy hour happy: the drinks! The "happy hour cocktail" of the evening—there's an ever-changing selection of featured drinks—was a Cassis Kamikaze, made with a sweet, powerful, dark red liqueur distilled from blackcurrants. It was gooooooooooood. And at just $5 a pop, two wasn't out of the question. We also ordered a gin-and-tonic, which was not stingy on the gin, and a draft pear cider, which was an ideal balance between sweet, fruity, and tangy. On the non-alcoholic end of things, we tried the strawberry lemonade, which is probably the best I've ever tasted and made me at least as happy as the happy hour drinks.

We left the restaurant feeling very happy indeed, and talking about how soon we could return. To see the full happy hour menu, click here.

Lapellah
2520 Columbia House Blvd., Suite 108
360.828.7911

 

Live Celtic Music at Grant House

The Grant House will be offering live music from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28. Pop into the Commander's Whiskey & Wine Bar to slough off the stress of the week while sipping a very old Scotch and listening to the lilting Celtic tunes of Thom Dudley and Eddie Parente.

Come a bit early and enjoy the tail-end of happy hour, which begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 6. To see the full happy hour menu, click here. As long as you're there, why not stay for dinner? Here's the dinner menu, if you're curious. For reservations, call 360-906-1101.

At Ease at the Grant House

The Grant House will be offering live music from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28. Pop into the Commander's Whiskey & Wine Bar to slough off the stress of the week while sipping a very old Scotch and listening to the lilting Celtic tunes of Thom Dudley and Eddie Parente.

Come a bit early and enjoy the tail-end of happy hour, which begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 6. Savor (just for the sake of example) some coco prawn sliders with sweet chili sauce and French fries (Freedom fries? Fort Vancouver fries?) or some cured olives and a winter salad with coastal white cheddar, accompanied by a seasonally inspired cocktail. If you're more the classic type, sample one of the many, many, many fine whiskies from behind the highly-polished bar. To see the full happy hour menu, click here.

As long as you're there, why not stay for dinner? We'd recommend the braised beef short ribs (you had us at "braised") or the simple but transcendent grilled salmon with maple-glazed root vegetables and wild rice cakes. Accompany it with some garlic and mushroom polenta, and really, you should probably have a glass of wine, as well. Heard enough? Or do you need more? If so, here's the dinner menu. We don't know what's for dessert, but we bet it's good.

For reservations, call 360-906-1101. The Grant House is located at 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver.

 

Valentine’s Event: Wine, Chocolate, Music & Art

Cellar 55 Tasting Room is offering an Valentine's Day evening event with music, chocolate and art—and wine, naturally! Musician Anthony Utehs will serenade sippers with romantic acoustic guitar music, and original art from Chris Eagon will be on display. But the romance doesn't stop there: sample the sumptuous "Brownies from Heaven," made by Bleu Door Bakery, which will be paired for your tasting pleasure with carefully chosen wines. (Yes, of course brownies and wine go together!)

Come early and catch the last 30 minutes of happy hour, which happens every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. (and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays). All glasses of wine are discounted $1 to $1, and all appetizers are $1 less.