Beer Tasting Highlights Hoppy Holiday

Like most families, ours has a sacred holiday tradition. Ours just happens to involve beer. Christmas Day on Growlers Gulch Road, west of Castle Rock. Friends and family members had been shuttled over via four-wheel drive, the turkey was in the oven, and the [Continue Reading]

LeMonds Remains Active in Pacific Northwest Publishing Scene

Jim LeMonds of WriteTek Northwest has published three recent stories, has another on tap, and will be included in an upcoming broadcast on KLTV. LeMonds’ most recent work includes “The Man Who Men Hemingway” (the Columbia River Reader), [Continue Reading]

Fort George Brews Great Beer, Community Connections

Northwest Coast Magazine, Winter 2008

World-class beer is the most obvious product of the craft-brewing revolution that has swept the Pacific Northwest in recent years. But brewpubs that get it right are also great places, where a sense of comfort and community are at the top of the menu.

The Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria gets it right. Continue reading Fort George Brews Great Beer, Community Connections

Former Logger Tries His Hand at Country Music

Northwest Coast Magazine, Fall 2008

Carl Wirkkala would love to make a splash on the country music scene. But if it happens, it will be on his terms.

The 33-year-old Castle Rock resident has written nearly 200 songs – a handful of which are currently being considered by publishers and producers – and released four albums. His sound is a combination of blues, folk, and old-school country. Something you might hear if Johnny Cash and Buzz Martin sat down to jam with Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman. Continue reading Former Logger Tries His Hand at Country Music

WriteTek Northwest Assists with Website for Northwest Coast Magazine

Northwest Coast Magazine, which released its first issue in early May, recently unveiled a new website at www.nwcmagazine.com. John Howerton at LilJohns.biz handled the site design and construction. WriteTek Northwest provided marketing and project management [Continue Reading]

Northwest Coast Magazine Accepting Book Reviews

Bryan Penttila, editor and publisher of Northwest Coast Magazine, is seeking book reviews for an “Off-the-Shelf” section. He plans to publish one review in each issue of the nascent quarterly.”I’d like people to review their favorite [Continue Reading]