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B&B Lite: Whiskey, barn dance and island fun

by: COURTESY OF MCMENAMINS - McMenamins launches this month its new apple-flavored whiskey, Aval Pota.Whiskey, pop-up beer gardens and barn dances: Those are just a few of the latest summer tidbits that landed in our in-box this week at Bread & Brew.

First up, whiskey.

On July 19, McMenamins will launch a new apple-flavored whiskey, Aval Pota, that tastes amazingly like apple pie — a gateway for anyone who's whiskey-curious but can't yet take the strong smokey flavors.

This new sweet spirit from Edgefield Distillery is made from McMenamins Edgefield White Dog Whiskey, combined with fresh-pressed Hood River apples, organic brown sugar and cinnamon.

At 33.3 alcohol by volume, it's 66.6 proof, distilled and bottled at Edgefield Distillery in Troutdale, and can be served in a cocktail or straight up.

Bottles are $25.95 and will be available for purchase on July 18 at McMenamins locations; you can also order it at McMenamins bars. For more, visit: www.mcmenamins.com.

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Portland's newest beer garden — or biergarten, to be authentic — is open at Papa Haydn's eastside location, 5829 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., in Sellwood.

The pop-up spot officially opens Thursday, July 10, with free food July 10 and 11 to the first 50 customers. It will be open every Thursday through Sunday through Labor Day.

The menu features two house-made burgers, soft pretzels and weekly specials featuring smoked and grilled items off the hardwood fired pig roaster. For dessert, there’s an apricot and walnut shortbread cookie, a tartlet made with local blueberries, and On Tap’s take on Schwarzwalde torte, a chocolate brownie “buried” in an espresso panna cotta and topped with Montmorency cherry sauce.

"Haydn on Tap," as it's called, is a project of Brendan Gibbons, the son of Papa Haydn owners Evelyn Franz and Michael Gibbons.

Inspired by his travels in Germany, his mother’s birthplace, Brendan Gibbons created the biergarten in the same flavor of the summer biergartens that pop up all over Europe.

He’ll serve up draft bier in Imperial Pints — Bitburger Pils & PFriem Wit, Radlers (two versions — Wit with grapefruit and Bit with lemon), along with a selection of local and German beers in cans and bottles. There will be live gypsy jazz music by Portland’s Tracy Kim Trio.

For more, visit: www.papahaydn.com.

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One of Portland’s favorite farms will host a barbecue fundraiser later this month to benefit their farm-based education efforts.

The sixth Annual Sauvie Island Center Barn Dance & Barbecue is set for Saturday, July 26, on the Sauvie Island Organics farm and grounds of Howell Territorial Park, 13901 N.W. Howell Park Road.

Presented by Whole Foods Market, the event is a fundraiser for the nine-year-old nonprofit Sauvie Island Center, which educates youth about food, farming and the land.

This year the center’s staff expects to serve about 1,700 children, nearly two thirds of which come from low-income schools and only able to participate through the center’s scholarship program.

The fundraiser kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with a scavenger hunt and farm tours.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m., courtesy of the soon-to-open New American restaurant, followed by Organic Valley’s dessert at 6:45 p.m.

There will be square dancing, and Widmer beer and Lady Hill wines will be available for purchase. A silent and live auction will include restaurant gift cards, art, outdoor gear, premium wines and children’s toys and gifts.

Tickets are available online and at the door. Before July 21, adult tickets are $30 and children are $5; a table for six is $450, including family-style service and beer or wine.

For more, visit: www.sauvieislandcenter.org.