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Winter in Hood River Like a Local: Full Sail Brewmaster Dinner

Tonight, Muir & Jenny went to the Full Sail Brewmaster Dinner with Lana & Bob who won one of the "Winter in Hood River Like a Local" prize packages from the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce

Check how Muir & Jenny like to enjoy the winter in Hood River (they love going to the Full Sail Brewmaster Dinners every month in the winter - it's an awesome deal for $35) Also, don't forget to enter to win one of the other prize packages!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 First Course: a Dynamic Duo!
Slow-Roasted Smoked Pork, Caramelized Granny Smith Apples and Smoked Cheddar on a House-Made Brioche Bun AND a Lobster, Panko AND Asiago Cheese on a House-Made Brioche Bun paired with SESSION BLACK & SESSION
 
 
 Second Course: Get Your Popcorn!
Popcorn Shrimp Cakes with Oregon Bay Shrimp, Marinated Swiss Chard, Purple Potato Fries and Popcorn paired with IPA
 
 
 Third Course: Meat on a Stick!
Grilled Duck Skewers with Quinoa Cake, Roasted Corn Madelines, Mole Sauce and Oven-Roasted Haricot Vert paired with AMBER
 
 
Fourth Course: a Pie in the Face!
Coconut Cream Pie with Shortbread Crust, Bourbon Stout Ganache, Chocolate-Dipped Tuile Cookie and Coconut Chantilly Cream paired with MATHIAS’S MAIN INGREDIENT OATMEAL STOUT

 

 

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$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781603425667
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, 10/2011

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781402778643
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Published: Sterling Epicure, 11/2011

The Beer Trials (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781608160099
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Fearless Critic Media, 4/2010

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781604690897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press (OR), 3/2011


ISBN-13: 9780762443758
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Running Press, 9/2011

Winter Institute - Kansas City: Pre-Conference

Muir and I are in Kansas City for Winter Institute 8, an annual education conference for independent booksellers.   Here’s a peek into what we do at bookseller conferences.

-Jenny

Pre-Conference


We left in the wee hours on Friday morning to catch our flight at PDX.  Luckily, we did not get stuck anywhere because of the winter storm that was in Kansas City.  Many of our fellow booksellers left on Thursday and were on delayed planes or had cancelled flights because the Kansas City airport closed on Thursday.


The view from our hotel room.  The tall skinny building is part of the World War I Museum. 

 


 

We got into Kansas City and did a bit of exploring before the first event of the conference, the Opening Reception.

We can see the World War I Museum from our room, and someone recommended that we visit the museum.  Unfortunately the museum was closed due to the snowstorm, so we headed to the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank.  Muir and I were the only visitors there since we got there right before it closed.  They have a 20 minute movie on the history of the Federal Reserve and how Kansas City was chosen as one of the 10 locations when the bank was established. We had the entire theater to ourselves.

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 

 

On the way back to the hotel, we walked around the outside of the World War I Museum and then we stopped at Union Station to take some pictures.  

 


We ran into Suzanne from Liberty Bay Books (Poulsbo, WA) at Union Station and joined her for happy hour / dinner at Jack Stack’s BBQ.  She had quizzed all the local on her flight to Kansas City about places to eat and where to go for live music. Yes, I cheated on my food allergies - the BBQ and sides were soooo good.  We definitely recommend a meal at Jack Stack’s if you’re heading to Kansas City.

Inside Union Station

 

 

The sampler plate at Jack Stack's BBQ

 

After dinner, we headed the Opening Reception for Winter Institute (wi8) sponsored by the publisher Andrews McNeel.  It was great to see other booksellers from the Pacific Northwest and to re-connect with other booksellers we only see at Winter Institute.

After the reception we mingled with some other collegues at the waterfall area back at the Westin.  They had a fun book themed drink called “Good Night Moon”.

 



Then it was off to bed to get ready for the next few days of education & networking.  Check out the schedule for wi8 here: https://wi8.bookweb.org/program


 

Pfriem Brewing & Belgium Beer at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe

Ok, so I know we're not the best at updating our blog.  So, we've decided not to be bound to our blog unless we have something interesting to talk about.  Doesn't necessarily have to be book related, just something fun. 

So, tonight Muir and I went to Volcanic Bottle Shoppe up in the Heights for one of their beer styles classes.  Tonight's class was on Belgium beers with Josh Pfriem of the new Pfriem Brewing (down at the Hood River waterfront). 
 
I am not a big beer fan.  Yes, I live in Beertown USA (Hood River has the most breweries per capita) and I don't like beer (I'm allergic to yeast - drinking beer makes me itch and turn red - don't worry I won't hyperventilate).  But, tonight I discovered that I like Belgium beers.   And, we learned a bit more about Pfriem Brewing.  

Random fact: Muir used to work with Pfriem partners Ken and Rudy in Portland, where they were all engineers.

Josh shared a bit about the brewery tonight.  They are breaking ground this week and hoping to be open by Memorial Day weekend.  It's going to be a 15 barrel brewery with the focus on belgium style beers and some IPA-ish beers. (don't quote me on that number and description - I was definitely multi-tasking during the event - updating our website while listening) 

The tasting room for the brewery was described as a pub / wine tasting room (not sure what that means) with 12 beers on tap. They are still figuring out the food for the pub,

They are going to be a community focused brewery - promoting sustainability and working with others in the community.

Wanna get more info about the brewery? Check out their facebook page and blog.

Also, I highly recommend the events at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe. We always have a fun time at their events. We've partnered with them in the past to host beer author, Lisa Morrison, and are looking forward to doing more joint events with them.

--Jenny
  

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$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781604690897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press (OR), 3/2011


ISBN-13: 9781852492489
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: CAMRA Books, 4/2010

$36.95
ISBN-13: 9780937381939
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Published: Brewers Publications, 10/2008

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780937381878
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Published: Brewers Publications, 10/2005

PNBA

Jenny, Muir and I were at PNBA this week! The rooms were buzzing with people from all over the Pacific Northwest. Thursday was filled with educational workshops. Jenny did a presentation on Co-op and received complements from many of the other bookstore owners. I attended a workshop presented by Gigi Rosenberg, author of “The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing.” She was engaging, funny, and overflowing with information. 

 

Some of our favorite authors were there:

Jane Kirkpatrick, ‘The Daughter's Walk’, ‘Barcelona Calling’

Jeffery Zaslow ‘The Last Lecture’

Lidia Yuknavitch ‘Chronology of Water’

Maggie Stiefvater ‘The Scorpio Races’

Anna Dewdney ‘Llama Llama Home with Mama’

Julianna Baggott ‘Pure’

Lisa Taylor ‘Your Farm in the City’ 

Lisa Dupar has a new cookbook that has the most mouth watering pictures and delicious sounding recipes, ‘Fried Chicken and Champagne’.

We also got to hang out and talk about books and book selling with lots of other really cool book store owners and book sellers. Tina and Angela from Klindt’s in The Dalles, Laura and her daughter from Rediscovered Books in Bosie, ID, and Chuck from Village Books in Bellingham, WA.

It was a great couple days! Thanks everyone for a great first PNBA experience! 

Book List

The Daughter's Walk (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781400074297
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: WaterBrook Press, 4/2011

Barcelona Calling (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780310293644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zondervan, 9/2011

The Last Lecture (Hardcover)

$21.99
ISBN-13: 9781401323257
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Hyperion, 4/2008

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780979018831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hawthorne Books, 4/2011

The Scorpio Races (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545224901
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Scholastic Press, 10/2011

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780670012329
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 8/2011

Pure (Hardcover)


ISBN-13: 9781455503063
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 2/2012
‘Pure’ by Julianna Baggott is a great new crossover book between YA and Adult Science Fiction that takes the reader on a post-apocalyptic adventure. It comes out February 8, 2012. 

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781579128623
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2/2011

Icefall (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545274241
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Scholastic Press, 10/2011
Matthew J. Kirby, author of ‘Clockwork Three’ has a new book called ‘Icefall’ that came out October 1st. Its a great Children’s adventure novel with a kick-butt heroine.


ISBN-13: 9780870716102
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Oregon State University Press, 10/2011
Barbra Roberts, the Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995 shared her new memoir, ‘ Up the Capital Steps’. Talk about an incredible woman! She changed the course of school legislation first in Oregon and then on the federal level because of her autistic son in 1969.

Movie Versions of Books - July 15th Releases

Read the book, then see the movie! All of the movie versions of these books will be released on Friday, July 15th

Winnie the Pooh





 

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan



 

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows



 



Life Above All (based on the book Chanda's Secrets)



 

 

Book List
$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780142404676
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Puffin, 1/2006

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9781101158937
Published: Dutton Children's, 09/03/2009


ISBN-13: 9780812982718
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 6/2011

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9781588364746
Published: Random House, 06/28/2005

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780545139700
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 7/2009

Chanda's Secrets (Paperback)

$11.95
ISBN-13: 9781550378344
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Annick Press, 3/2004

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