SingleCut Beer Launches in Japan With Gamified Cans

Celebrating US songs that were popular in Japan and SingleCut’s launch in Tokyo, the brand’s new tropical and dense IPA (aptly named “Big In Japan”) features four different can variations—all with their own cartoonish QR code. The codes are comprised of motifs that act as hints to a song title and, when they’re scanned, they prompt Spotify to open and play the track—ultimately revealing whether …

Java The Hop Coffee Beer

An IPA with a caffeinated kick from two Northwest brewers

by Chérmelle D. Edwards In the Northwest, two local brewers—one of coffee and the other of beer—have joined forces for an unlikely collaboration. Portland’s Coava Coffee Roasters and Astoria’s Fort George Brewery have created a canned seasonal IPA called Java The Hop. The idea originated when Fort George Brewery co-owner Chris Nemlowill wanted to make an IPA “that was light in color, but with really …

Word of Mouth: Astoria, Oregon

Freshly caught tuna and salmon, an auto body shop turned café and more rustic charm in this river town by the sea

by Jenny Miller The Oregon Coast enclave of Astoria, Oregon is not exactly a beach town. Though it’s just a few miles from the state’s austere, breathtaking stretches of sand, this former canning and maritime hub of about 10,000 people is perched on a hill at the spot where the mighty Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. So technically, it’s a river town. The …