Is Beer the new Wine?

Last night, in a last-ditch effort to relieve the depression caused by the fact that our moving truck failed to show yet again, we hit Portalis, a wine bar and shop with a new, bigger location in Ballard.

Now, there’s nothing new about the wine bar concept. Especially in times of need, there’s nothing better than bellying up to a wine bar with the sole purpose of eating delicious, fatty food to drown out sorrows in a locale that makes one feel, well, hip.

But for the third time in the last month, my husband and I found ourselves straying toward the beer list at a wine bar. Portalis’s list, like those of Portland, Maine’s extratrendy new wine bar Vignola (by the owners of Cinque Terre) and Bozeman, Montana’s hotspot Plonk, was an impressive mix of local and international brews. Once we’d narrowed down our food choices to pork (the fig-studded housemade salami), pork (the charcuterie plate with housemade pate), and more pork (the pulled pork sandwich with smoked paprika), it seemed perfectly natural to order up a brewski.

Perhaps beer is the new wine.

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