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July 02, 2010

Yelp Goes Green!

Posted by Don Bourassa

On Thursday, July 1, Portland’s Elite got a taste of what it’s like to live, work, and drink green for a night! About 100 of Portland’s top Yelpers Got Green at an amazing sustainably-designed mixed-use space, imbibed organic, sustainable cocktails and beer out of compostable cups, and nibbled on snacks from Bon Appetít,  all while meeting and greeting their fellow members in an awesome and unique environment.

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As the midsummer rain fell on this early July afternoon, the ranks of PDX Yelp Elite like Anna B and Matthew E descended on the Leftbank Project, a sustainably rebuilt historic building, for an open house and happy hour in their Leftbank Café, the Hive shared office space, and the spacious communal use areas of the building. As Jenny C and Amanda C turned green with envy over the architectural design of the building, Suzanne F and her guest headed downstairs to check out Upright Brewing’s brewery space in the basement and sample the four organic Saison-style ales in their oak-barrel-filled tasting room!

 

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Meanwhile, up in the Leftbank Café, JW D, Andrew C, and Michelle H sipped on tasty cocktails made with Organic Nation Gin and Vodka. These sustainably-made (in Ashland!) spirits, mixed with John's Premium Hand-Made tonic syrup (delicious!) and served up in compostable cups, were a perfect compliment to the green-designed space and Organic Upright #4 that was on tap as well. With Gin and Vodka Mules, Tonics and Sodas flowing, there wasn’t a dry mouth in the place. And if the space itself wasn’t entertainment enough, the Right Brain Initiative opened up their display Pod adjacent to the Leftbank for a special Yelp showing. Steve M and his guest enjoyed learning about this amazing local education project.

 

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Remarkable venue? Fantastic Drinks? Tasty bites? Friendly folks? Yup, this gathering had it all, and that’s thanks in big part to Cate from Leftbank, Melodie from Organic Nation, Alex from Upright Brewing, Joshua C (the man with the camera) Stephen S, Tiffany C, and of course the entire Portland Yelp Elite Squad, without whom none of this would be possible! For more, check out the photos and reviews!

Until next time, SYOY!

--Don B.

Comments

John Cavanagh

I wouldn't mind a little love after donating product for the event please. If you have any way of spreading the word it would be greatly appreciated. John
www.johnstonic.com

Don B

But of Course John! Your tonic was amazing! I'm stoked that Melodie brought it with her to the event!

Please see the edited drinks portion of this blog post.

Cheers!
--Don

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