If you’ve visited your friendly local Laughing Planet recently, you may have noticed that we’ve started serving Happy Mountain Kombucha on tap.
As with most of the things we do, there’s a reason behind this decision. So what’s kombucha all about, and why have we chosen Happy Mountain as our Kombucha providers of choice?
Happy Mountain Are Our Neighbors
As you’re probably aware, we’re big fans of going local. Buying locally produced food and drinks cuts down on carbon emissions, because they don’t need to be transported halfway around the world before they end up on your dinner table.
If you’re a beer connoisseur in the Pacific Northwest, you may have heard of Boneyard Brewery. Located in lovely Bend, Oregon, Boneyard has been steadily developing a reputation for top-quality beers such as RPM IPA, Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale, and the deliciously devilish Diablo Rojo.
Owner and brew master Tony Lawrence wasn’t always the owner of a buzz-worthy beer brand. He spent more than 20 years of his life brewing for other breweries, occupying his spare time with of his other passions: snowboarding and working on old cars.
If you’re a beer lover, the Pacific Northwest is basically paradise. Portland is referred to as the “Microbrew Capital of the World,” and there are plenty of small-batch breweries outside Portland, as well. Of course, our neighbors to the north are no slouches in the suds department, either; the state of Washington is home to more than 130 craft brewers.
Here in the upper-left, you can get great beer just about anywhere, but there are a few brewers that are simply a cut above the rest; the brewers’ brewers. The cream of the crop. The upper echelon.
We’d like to take a minute to draw attention to one of our personal favorites: Migration Brewing. Judging from last year’s Drink Portland Best Local Brewery results, we’re not the only ones in love with this scrappy independent brewery. Still, we’re pretty sure some of you have yet to sample their wares, and we’re absolutely certain that you should. Unless you’re a teetotaler, in which case, you should still try Migration’s food.
As any conscientious carnivore knows, not all meats are created equal. Sure, you can purchase cuts of meat from big chain supermarkets, but it’s hard to know what you’re purchasing, and what your hard-earned dollars are supporting. This is especially true of the processed meats.
In order to get the best quality meats, you have to choose your sources carefully. After doing your homework, you’d probably settle on a place like Rochester, WA based Heritage Meats for your meat processing needs. What’s so special about Heritage Meats?
As the name suggests, Heritage Meats is a family tradition. Tracy Smaciarz, Heritage’s owner and head butcher inherited the business from his father, who first hung out the shingle way back in 1977.
The story of Stiebrs Farms is the story of the American Dream. It all started way back in the summer of 1949, when young Jan and Zelma Stiebrs and their two small children packed up everything they could take with them, left their home in Latvia and moved across the ocean to Washington’s Tumwater Valley.
They made ends meet by taking jobs working the fields, picking strawberries and beans during harvest time. But they had bigger things in mind for their family. A few years after they first set foot on American soil, Jan and Zelma started their own business, selling farm-fresh eggs laid by their 100 hens, one doorbell at a time.
Young Jon Stiebrs went on many of those early sales calls with his father. He learned the egg business from the ground up. And as he grew, so did Steibrs Farms. Soon, the family were able to support themselves with the profits generated by their eggs.