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00-00- Hi, I m Jon Olson and welcome to Next
Stop from the Rose City 00:04- Next Stop Portland Logo rolls
00:18-JON: Welcome to Portland, Oregon, also known as beervana. We ll talk beer on this
episode, we ll also take you just outside of Portland to some stunning wineries. We
ll feature a beautiful historic hotel, and of course you can t come to Portland and not
talk about the amazing live music scene. All this and much more on Next Stop Portland.
The fun starts now! 00:38-Next Stop Logo
00:47-JON: There are many fun ways to tour Portland, by bike, by foot, by bus, by car,
but perhaps the coolest way, by segway. TYLER: We are Portland By Segway, Magic Carpet
Glide. We ll tour downtown Portland, we ll do the waterfront, you know, see all the sights
and fun stuff in the town. All the quirkiness and weirdness of Portland.
JON: Keep Portland weird, right? TYLER: Yeah, Keep Portland Weird, that s right,
yes. All the steering is in this handlebar right here, and I ll step on here, and all
your movement is by how your lean body, so if you want to go forward, you just lean forward,
if you want to go backward, you just lean backwards, and thats pretty much it.
JON: How many bridges are there, I see tons of bridges.
TYLER: This will be the 14th bridge, it s the Tillicum Bridge,it is the suspension bridge
down here, they should be done this fall with it. but it s going to be a pedestrian and
lightrail bridge. JON: Nice
TYLER: So no cars, but& JON: Cool.
Tyler: So we are going to loop around and cross over Hawthorne Bridge over to the esplanade
side. 02:04 TYLER: Alrighty guys, well we ve rolled
past a few fountains we re just at Salmon Street fountain, a favorite fountain of Portland,
a lot of kids playing in it, to cool off and whatnot. This is Ira Keller Fountain here.
JON: Why does this one look familiar? TYLER: One of the first Jackass TV episodes
they brought a kayak out and bashed their way through the pots and then just dropped
straight off that face there. Here behind us on the Portland building we ve got Portlandia,
she s our nations second tallest hammered copper statue. Do you guys know the first?
JON: The lady, the Statue of Liberty. TYLER: That s right.
JON: I think she might take her though, she s got the pitchfork.
TYLER: Yes, she looks good, yeah. JON: So which came first, the statue, or the
TV show? TYLER: She was installed in 1985
JON: She came first. 02:59 TYLER: Alright guys, well this is Pioneer
Square here, its a nice place here to congregate in the central part of downtown Portland here.
JON: So you re not from Portland, right? TYLE: Originally Salt Lake.
JON: What do you think about portland, what do you tell your friends, your buddies about
Portland, how do you describe it? TYLER: I love it. it s green, the people are
laid back, very friendly. JON: I feel like we ve barely scratched the
surface. Are you guys done touring? No, I m not either. Let s go see some more, get
the camera guys and go have some fun. TYLER: Alright guys, see you guys, see you
later. 03:32 Next Stop Logo
03:35 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we celebrate 28 years of craft beer, and we feature an
historic hotel. 03:42 Next Stop Logo
03:46 JON: Portland has been dubbed Beervana, and it has the most breweries of any city
in the world. Today we celebrate that fact on the gorgeous waterfront at the Oregon Brewers
Festival. ART: Good afternoon ladies and gentleman,
the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival. Crowd cheers!
JON: I m with Art and he is the man of the hour because he for 27 years has been the
director of the Oregon Brewers Festival. Congratulations on an amazing successful run.
ART: Well we ve had good luck here, we had a little bit of rain Wednesday, but I was
surprised by the people that showed up. JON: A little bit of liquid sunshine never
dampens the spirit of this. ART: Not in Portland, I was a real believer
when I came in walking in from the parade and all the people were waiting for us here,
it made me feel well. 04:44 JON: How does it feel to have this thing
go on for so long, and get bigger every year? How many breweries are here?
ART: Well we have 86 breweries this year, plus we brought in 11 breweries from the Netherlands
with our sister sister program, with a city named Utrecht in the Netherlands, and then
we brought in one brewery from Germany as well.
05:08 JON: Hi guys, welcome to Oregon, what do you guys think of this? It s crazy!
BREWERS from HOLLAND: All nod in agreement. JON: Do you have something like this, do you
have anything this big in your country? BREWERS FROM HOLLAND: All say no, no.
JON: So what was your first impression of the Oregon Brewers Festival?
BREWERS FROM HOLLAND: It s huge, but also a very good atmosphere, very nice people.
JON: How does your beer compare, and how is it different?
BREWERS FROM HOLLAND: It s very different, it s fun, there are some, maybe what all of
us maybe were thinking about is should we bring IPA, should we bring something. I think
we though to bring something else else that is maybe not here, so we think it worked out.
JON: This is Beervana, that is what we call it now. Well I d love to try your beer.
BREWERS FROM HOLLAND: Let s go, let s do it, let s get in there!
JON: I ll follow you. So here is something you don t see at every festival, this guy.
Who is this guy? CHAD: This is Fundy. He is in Japan, our buddy
is in Japan right now. He s from Oregon but he couldn t be here this year, so we got a
life size cut out for him. JON: So how is your beer trivia? You think
you know a lot about beer? CHAD: I know quite a bit, a little bit, yeah.
JON: What city has the most breweries of any city in the world? Not just the US, but in
the world? CHAD: Portland Oregon baby!
JON: You know that for sure? CHAD: Yeah!
JON: You are correct! What city in the world has the most breweries? Of any city, not just
in the US, but in the world? LADY: Woodinvile, Washington.
JON: Woodinville, Washington? MAN: Portland.
LADY: It s going to be Portland. Santa Rosa California!
JON: The answer is Portland! The Oregon Brewers Festival is truly amazing, it is one of our
favorite festivals anywhere in the world. It s been going on for 27 years strong, and
I guarantee you, it will be going for many, many more. Cheers!
06:53 Next Stop Logo 06:56 JON: Most people think of rain, a lot
of rain, when they think of Portland, Oregon. Not so true, in fact, it rains more in New
York City, Atlanta and Houston than it does in Portland. The city with the most rain in
America, getting over 24 inches a year than Portland? New Orleans. When it does rain you
will rarely see one of these, the locals welcome their liquid sunshine.
07:15 Next Stop Logo 07:18 JON: Portland has many beautiful hotels
located in downtown, but perhaps none as unique and fun and historical as the Heathman Hotel.
CHRIS: We were opened in 1927 and have been hosting people from around the globe for 9
decades straight. JON: Some pretty famous people.
CHRIS: Oh my gosh yes. Stephen King, you name it. Rock stars, Rolling Stones.
JON: How many suites do you have? CHRIS: We have 5 themed suites, including
the Andy Warhol. We honored Andy Warhol by kind of theming out a room you might say many
years ago. We have the Literary Arts suite which we are in right now, we also have the
Oregon Symphony suite, we have the Pacific Northwest College of Arts suite, and of course
our Portland Center Stage suite, they are all really fun, and they are meant to inspire.
JON: You ve won a lot of awards, a lot of really impressive awards. Tell us about that.
CHRIS: Number one historic hotel in the whole United States, we are super proud of that.
Travel and Leisure just named us to the worlds best list, of the top 15 US hotels.
JON: I love it when you get out of your car and you walk in and you ve got the guy dressed
in the red regal outfit. CHRIS: Yes, that is our Beefeater, our door
person, and he has been welcoming guests, he is almost the defacto mayor of Portland,
he has been around a long time. JON: Now everywhere we stay, we like to find
something truly unique, and I think we have found it, your library.
CHRIS: Oh my gosh, I can t wait to show you the library
08:35 JON: Wow, Chris, this is impressive. CHRIS: Yeah, it s a lot of fun. We have 3,000
autographed, first edition books in our collection, nearly 3,000. and as you can see, something
for everyone. JON: Now everyone of these authors in this
library has stayed here at some time. CHRIS: Every single one of them. In fact,
that is the only way you can get your book in our collection.
JON: Ok, so this book, 50 shades of Gray, I m wearing gray out of respect for this book.
This has caused quite the hub bub at the Heathman Hotel.
CHRIS: Yes, certainly, we were mentioned 16, 17 plus times, Christian Gray often referred
to this hotel as his home away from home. JON: So here we are at the world famous Heathman
Restaurant. CHRIS: It s great, I love this place it is
a great community gathering spot, and our bar is especially interesting, we have over
6,000 bottles of wine in our cellar Jon, 800 labels if you can believe that and yes we
do have a lot of Oregon pinot noirs. JON: I love this location, I ve been staying
here a few days, you don t need a car. CHRIS: Portland It is a really walkable city,
our blocks are really small and it s really easy to get around on a bike or by your feet.
JON: Yesterday we checked out a farmers market right?
CHRIS: Yep JON: And music on Main, does that happen throughout
the summer? CHRIS: Throughout the summer and it is about
a one minute walk out the front doors here, and the farmers market is about another one
minute walk besides that. Jon, this is our secret passage that connects our hotel with
the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall. We get a lot of rock stars, and as I understand it,
there is hundreds of people out there waiting for you, because you are kind of a rock star.
JON: There s gotta be hundreds of people out there waiting for me. No?
CHRIS: Well, you re still in good company though. There has been a lot of people that
come through these doors, Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Stephen King, let me take
you up. JON: In style!
10:20 Next Stop logo 10:22 JON: Up next, we feature one of our
nations best zoos, and we cruise Oregon wine country in style!
10:29 Next Stop logo 10:32 JON: I love animals, and I love a good
zoo. The Oregon Zoo located just outside of downtown Portland in Washington Park is one
of the best zoos in the world. Krista, I love this zoo, and I haven t been here in years.
So what s new? KRISTA: Well it s a great zoo, isn t it? And
you can see we re part of Washington Park, we are high above the streets of Portland,
It s really lovely to be here, and we have got s so many new projects going on. Right
behind us is our Condor habitat, and these condors are big amazing birds that are just
really startling to see. JON: I see families everywhere, obviously
kids love zoos, but you have a lot of good kids programs too.
KRISTA: Yes, so there are camps and programs for kids, even just walking around your kids
are going to learn so much while they here, they are going to get inspired by these animals,
and just being outside in nature is so important for all of us, but especially kisa as their
brains are forming and all the synapses are firing when they are out amongst the trees,
it s really important to be outside. Let s go down to Asia and visit the elephants. Lily
is the baby and she is a charmer. JON: Let s go.
11:42 JON: So what is something about elephants that is unique, that maybe people don t know?
SHAWN: An interesting thing about elephants is their nose. Obviously it s very long, and
amazing, but people don t know that it actually has more muscles than in the entire human
body. There is absolutely no bones in there, it is all muscles and tendons, and delicate
enough to pick up something as small as a penny, or as large as a 2,000 pound log.
JON: What a ham! SHAWN: Watch what Lily does.
JON: haha, is this mama? SHAWN: No that is brother, this is some brother
sister bonding right here. JON: Oh sweet!
SHAWN: her favorite game is to sit on his head.
JON: What a fun game! SHAWN: Yeah
12:34 JON: So what is unique about giraffes? LAURA: Other than of course the fact that
they have this really long neck, they have the same number of vertebrae in their neck
that we do, they just have 7. JON: Wow.
LAURA: It s amazing, they are just much bigger than ours. Their hearts are about the size
of a basketball. JON: They are such beautiful animals, they
re mesmerizing. LAURA: Yes, they re my favorite. This is Dezi
coming, that s my boy. JON: Dezi is coming!
LAURA: So Dezi is a little shorter than him, he s a little darker.
JON: They have very long tongues. LAURA: Very long, yes, they are about 18 inches
long. JON: I want to see that tongue though, show
me the tongue, there ya go! LAURA: There ya go!
13:13 JON: So Krista, obviously we love the animals, but the zoo is about much more than
just the animals, you guys have some pretty amazing concerts here.
KRISTA: Yeah, that s right, we are standing here on the concert lawn and people from all
over the community, all over the region come to concerts here, and it is just a beautiful
way to enjoy a summer evening in Portland, it is just kind of glorious and magical surrounded
by trees and to have these great artists here, and in addition to concerts on the lawn, during
the summer in the day we have these wildlife live shows, so we will be able to see some
amazing raptors and owls and things up here on the stage.
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14:06 JON: Oregon is well known as one of the top wine producing states in the US, in
fact, it s pinot noirs are second to none. Today we venture just a little bit outside
of Portland and visit a few of its wineries in style, with Twilite Limousine.
14:26 RON: We moved out here in 1984, there was nothing here so we started from scratch,we
built it all, and planted it all. We ve been growing grapes for almost 30 years. We ve
got 2 vintages of chardonnay, and we will start with the 2009. We ferment and age in
oak barrels and we leave it on the leaves which is all the solid stuff that settles
out. JON: It s nice, especially on a nice day like
today, that is perfect. 15:06 BURL: Welcome!
JON: Thank you. This is really cool, man. This has got to be the most unique winery
I ve ever been to , how did it all come about? BURL: Well, it was a lot of work. My wife
and I actually designed all of this, we built it ourselves, we started in 2007, moved in
in 2008, we used all unskilled labor, with ourselves and other workers, and it was our
idea to make it look 900 years old and it was built by peasants. I m going to start
you out with our chardonnay. JON: This is nice, what did you do before
this? BURL: Well I did several things. I started
out as a clinical psychologist back in 1980, and I also had an interest in plants.
JON: So you combined all your talents. I m assuming a couple of us here might need your
psychological help. BURL: Well I don t do that anymore, so&
16:06 JON: Tell us about King s Raven, I ve heard great things about your winery
DARIN: Well we are family owned and operated, our third generation on the farm, however
our generation has been the ones who have gotten the grapes and the winery operating.
All estate grown, german hybrid it s a cross between bacchus and villier blanc.
JON: It s different. I heard you have a little barrel tasting room back there, it s kind
of small, but maybe a couple of us can go back there and check it out.
DARIN: Yes, please, I d love to have you guys come and check it out. This is 190 proof.
JON: Woo! DARIN: Rocket fuel! Maybe I have invented
a new style, JON: Rocket fuel! It brought tears to my eyes,
but you know what, they are tears of joy. 17:00 Twilite Limousine has provided our transportation
today in Oregon wine country and Shawn is not only our driver, but he has put together
one of the most unique and surprising days, who knew all this existed in Oregon City!
SHAWN: We wanted to provide you with what we call extraordinary yet normal wine tour.
What you experienced today all of our guests can experience, you know, gorgeous and wonderful
to visit, and the Dundee area, other parts of Oregon are fantastic, but we wanted to
show the folks here in the Portland area how close the beautiful vineyards as well as terrific
wine making going on just south here in Clackamas County
17:35 Next Stop logo 17:38 JON: Portlands live music scene is on
fire, en fuego, we ll show you coming up on Next Stop.
17:46 Next Stop Logo 17:49 JON: We filmed in Portland about 4 years
ago, and 2 things have not changed. Number one, the live music scene is incredible, and
Dante s is one of the coolest live music venues in Portland. Guys, this is such a cool venue,
let s talk about this first. You ve all played here under different names, different bands,
what so you think about Dantes? GEOFF: It s the home court advantage. We ve
done so many shows here, and have so much history, and I ve seen a lot of cool shows
here too, so it s always fun being here. MUSIC
18:43 JON: How did you guys sort of find each other?
GEOFF: Well, we ve played shows together in different bands, and we knew each other, looking
to start a group, and we thought Hey, Mike s good, why don t we ask him? you know?
JON: Rush is one of my favorite bands, and it s 3 guys that just bring it, you guys are
kinda like the Rush of Portland! Has anyone ever said that yet?
BAND: We ll hell, now they will! BAND HIGH FIVES!
MUSIC 19:56 JON: What is it about Portland that
attracts amazing musicians? MIKE: Sometimes it s the rain, man! Makes
you stay indoors and be creative. I mean for me as a songwriter, if you don t feel inspired
or motivated to go outside, you stay inside and create music.
JON: Now Geoff, you just got back from Nashville, in fact your store just won a major award.
Talk about that and describe the music scene in Nashville versus Portland.
GEOFF: My shop, Five Star Guitars won this award, so we went back there to accept the
award and we were in Nashville and you know, if you like music, and you play music, ou
always hear it s one of those music cities like New York or LA, it s as good as anywhere
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