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about the site

Let it Pour originated in 1999 as a column in Hipfish, an alternative magazine based in Astoria. I received considerable positive response to the pieces and it led me to believe they might possess literary life past their initial publication. Some of these joints have since gone out of business, changed ownership, or been remodeled, but I haven’t revised the pieces. I took all the photos myself and my good friend Brandy Graves designed the site.

I will continue to update the site, adding new subjects to the Let it Pour Kingdom. Contact me to recommend joints I haven't "investigated." Let It Pour is dedicated to the late Janet Kruse, one of the greatest people who ever graced the state of Oregon.

about the writer

I am the author of The Far Out Story of Vortex I and Grasping Wastrels vs. Beaches Forever Inc.: Covering the Fights for the Soul of the Oregon Coast. I also am a regular op-ed contributor and book reviewer for the Oregonian and teach English and journalism at Taft High School in Lincoln City. In 2003 I launched Nestucca Spit Press, an independent company that publishes books exclusively about Oregon. I live at the Oregon Coast where for eight years I’ve served as caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I also act as Writer in Residence for the Sportsman Tavern in Pacific City. I have three crazy dogs.

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