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Sabrina, Solanah, and Print Juleps in a Portland Heatwave.


The heat. It’s crept in and sat on Portland like a lingering Dorito fart.  It’s unwelcome, and proving to us Northwestern natives that we are just not built for this.    At the Print Julep house, in the heart of Alberta street, we are reminded with every passing hipster that doesn’t believe in anti-perspirant that isn’t made by Tom’s (THAT STUFF IS A WHITE STICK OF ORGANIC LIES AND FAILURE) that when you heat up poor people who spend their money on vegan leather wardrobes, they smell exactly like an Artisan shart.

So, we did what we do best here at Print Julep.  We invited a friend over and and made some drinks and talked about some comics. Well, as best we could with limited AC and no pre-planning whatsoever.

Here’s our shitty video about how to make that…  For more clarification, the recipe is at the bottom of the post.

We invited over Solanah, our friend from across the river. Solanah is kind of a big deal on Instagram. (Follow her @Solanah.)  We try not to fan girl over her, but every time we see her she looks perfect, and I look like I live in yoga pants and guilt. (for not actually ever doing yoga, but wearing yoga pants to increase the number of tacos I can eat in a sitting.)   But, this is why I write blogs and take pictures of things that aren’t ME, and why SHE is an Instagram star, because LOOK AT HER.


Also, Solanah was inspiration for some other Comic book art. Off topic, but if you haven’t yet, you should definitely check out “The Fade Out.” 

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Photo borrowed from Solanah’s blog, http://www.Vixen-Vintage.com

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Funny story, I’d picked it up in the store right when it came out. And yes, Dottie Quinn did look familiar. It wasn’t until a fan pointed out to Solanah that she thought her likeness had been used.
She tweeted the artist, Sean Phillips, and sure enough, he’d used her photos as inspiration for Dottie’s look.

We had discussed the possibility of reviewing comics that were set in the South. Like Southern Bastards. But it just didn’t seem like the day for it.  We converged at The Alberta (the name of the Print Julep House) and all we could really talk about was how freaking awesome the new reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch was. Solanah came over for a spell (see what I did there?) and it was decided that while Mint Juleps really have nothing to do with Sabrina, it was the perfect day to drink as many of them as possible and talk about comics anyway.

And so, it was settled.  Amongst crushing ice and not so discreetly checking our own armpits constantly for hints of offense, we chatted about what exactly makes the new Sabrina so intriguing and why we like it so much.

 Archie Comics puts out this treasure. And basically, it’s just outright badass.  The name is fitting.   The Adventures and even the back story are straight up  chilling.   Sabrina’s father is a total dick, and that family makes me feel so much better about my own.
This one time my sister pinned me down for calling her fat, sat on my hands with her knees, and licked my eye ball. I thought that was the worst thing ever.   But Sabrina’s father stole her from her mother when she was a baby, and then turned her mom into a vegetable and admitted her to an insane asylum where she would be mentally tortured for the rest of her life.      That’s SO rude.

So the story its self is dark. It’s nothing like the crappy 90’s TV show, though I will openly confess here: I LOVED THAT SHOW.  LOVED IT.   Nor does it resemble the original Archie Sabrina.
I’m talking a real re-boot update.

Going from this:

to THIS.

It’s like what it would look like if the Scooby Doo gang did some laced shrooms, and then channel hopped over to Josie and the Pussy Cats and went all Carrie on them.
Not really coincidence, however. As the writer of the reboot, Roberto Aguirre-Saracas, is ALSO a writer for the newest Carrie.
Still, horror writer expert, he does a fantastic job of juxtaposing the lighthearted thoughts of a teen with the dark, chilling reality of an actual Wiccan coven and the actuality that Satan and Evil are a part of their lives.

And while there is an evil aspect to Sabrina’s strange family dynamic, living with her two aunts and her cat, Salem, it illustrates beautifully (and uber traditionally thanks to Robert Hack’s throwback GENIUS) that even those who have sold their souls still want and need love.  It begs the question… If even the damned need and want love, what is true evil?  And is it caused by lack of love? And if it’s not a choice, if you were born into it, are you truly evil and damned?
..those are questions that go through my head anyway. Along with “I wonder if Kate will give me five dollars if I eat all that mac and cheese in less than ten minutes.”

All in all, I’m looking forward to the next issue of Sabrina the same way I look forward to my next Orothodontic appointment. Being that, I know it’s going to be TOTALLY worth it, but I will most likely be surprised, a little uncomfortable, and unable to sleep afterward.

Now for how to make A PRINT JULEP!

 First: Mint Simple Syrup.
What you’ll need:

Mint Leaves

What to do:

Traditional Simple Syrup calls for equal parts sugar and water.


1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
Let’s say about 10 Mint Leaves

Put it all in a pan and let it boil. It’ll be grainy at first, then cloudy. But when your syrup is ready, It’ll be totally clear.
Strain it into a cup you can pour out of for mixing your drinks.  We used a measuring cup because it has a handle.


That’s how you do it.



1. Fill a Pint Glass half way with ice

2. 3 shots of Bourbon.  We, of course, use Burnside Bourbon by Eastside Distilling, because they keep our Spirits Up. (eh? EH?)

3. Add about 1/4 oz of Simple Syrup.

4. Take two large Mint Leaves, and slap them between your hands for the extracts. Then place them in the cup.

5. Slam a shaker on top of the pint Glass and shake.  Look for crushed up mint leaves and a frosted exterior on the metal shaker to know it’s been mixed well enough.

6. Smash ice in a bag or a cloth.

7. Fill a cup with smashed ice and mound it like a snow cone.

8. Pour the drink over the ice

9. To make it a PRINT Julep, add Action Bubbles!  or, just some Ginger Beer. Same thing, for a little refreshing bubbly lift and a ginger twist. 

10. Garnish with a mint leaf and an insult that ends with “Bless her heart.”

11. Retire to the porch and try to keep cool.  And if you’re Solanah, look effortlessly perfect and awesome at all times.


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“Starlight,” Cosmo-Nots, and Pi Pie with Joe Keatinge & Leila DelDuca

Joe Keatinge, Clair, Leila DelDuca, Kate, and Mr. Chelsea at the end of a long, AWESOME night on 3.14.

On a rainy Portland evening (which is most of them) on Pi Day (3/14)  Leila DelDuca (artist) and Joe Keatinge (writer) of SHUTTER were brave enough to stop by the Print Julep House (aka The Alberta) and have some Lasagna.  AND THEY BROUGHT PRESENTS! Icelantic Chocolate and ALL THEIR BOOKS!  I mean, it was awesome enough that they came to the house of total strangers who have a fetish with swords and weaponry, but they BROUGHT PRESENTS.    New Print Julep favorites here.   You bring chocolate, you’re our favorite. New rule that I made up just now.

…And they had a few cocktails. And talked about the book THEY actually suggested, which was the Mark Millar story, “Starlight.”     Starlight, written by Mark Millar (Kickass, Jupiter’s Legacy), and illustrated by Goran Parlov.   Image Comics puts this gem out, and you can find it at your local comic shop. The book opens on an older Duke McQueen. His wife has died, his kids are grown and live far away, with little time for their old man, whom forty years prior saved an entire planet and civilization from an evil dictator. On this distant world, he was a hero, with statues erected in his likeness and songs sung in his name.  However, he left it all to come back to Earth and be with the true love of his life, his wife Joanne. To Joanne, Duke would always be a hero. With her absence seeming to dominate his life, it has become more apparent than ever that the rest of Earth has a particularly difficult time believing Duke’s heroics. Life seems pointless until a young boy from the planet of his salvation arrives at his door, asking Duke McQueen to suit up, as their world is in desperate need of his help yet again. This time, there is nothing pulling McQueen back to Earth, age has worn him down, and Duke is forced to evaluate whether or not an old man can save worlds just as well as a young one can. DSC_3206   While we can’t tell you what happens (you’ll definitely need to pick up the book for that, and trust me, it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT) we can safely say that ALL of us loved the story. It is reminiscent, and strangely sincere coming from Millar, who has a tendency of punching you in the face with harsh life realities. The art is perfectly suited for this, and it is a nod to traditional glory days of comics and heroes, wrapped up with the irony and gloominess of how skeptical our culture is. So if you have a rainy afternoon or evening any time soon, where you’d like to be drenched in adventure, love, emotions, feels, colors, stars, science fiction, imagination, and goodness–  pick up Starlight, mix up a Cosmo-not, and have at it, friends. Totally worth it. Speaking of Cosmo-Nots, here’s how to make them. For a shitty tutorial, here’s a video we made with Joe & Leila after generously sampling the Cosmo-Not and deciding they supported its existence. RECIPE:      WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • Ice
  • 2+ Blood Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • Vodka
  • Cointreau
  • Curaco



Start with 1/2 a pint glass of Ice.









STEP 2:  

Add 1.5 Oz Vodka to glass. We use Portland Potato Vodka by Eastside Distilling because it’s amazing, we’re in Portland, and because we love EastsideDistilling. ❤



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Add 1 oz of Cointreau


STEP 5: 

Shake it up



Use a strainer and pour the mixture into a martini glass. DSC_3171


Using the back of a spoon, pour 1/2 oz of Curaco over the spoon and into the drink. It will sink to the bottom and give you that stellar two-toned look.


For added flair and flavor, peel some rind off a lemon, twist it over the glass for the oil, oil the rim, and drop the peel into the drink for garnish. This is optional of course.  It’s great either way. VOILA.      Check us out next time when we review LADY KILLER by Joelle Jones. (Joelle, we promise we’re not stalking you. We just legitimately love your work and style and want to wear you like a person-suit.) And as always, here’s a few more shots of the debauchery we got up to during the evening.

a CHEW Old Fashioned Beet Down with Joelle Jones

Beet Down Stuff

We wanted to do a sort of Thanksgiving episode. However, Thanksgiving isn’t for another couple weeks, so we did ComixGiving.  We used it as a good excuse to get together with some cool people and stuff ourselves silly, while managing to film a segment on how to make our cocktail.

With the amount of food about to be had, we decided Chew would be the perfect comic to focus on, and in honor of the only food Toni Chu can eat that he does not get a psychic reading on, we made an Old Fashioned Beet Down cocktail, with Claire’s homemade Beet Simple Syrup.

Kate and  Claire give you the Beet-ails on how to make this sweet drink.


Detective Tony Chu receives psychic readings on anything he eats. Because of this, he often resorts to cannibalism in the name of justice, often tasting pieces of human bodies to piece together murder cases.  The story is lighthearted and chock full of dark humor by John Layman, and the stylized art that perfectly accompanies the tone of this series is done by Rob Guilllory.

On a whim after last month’s review on Helheim for Halloween, we reached out to artist Joelle Jones and casually asked if she would like to come to the home of strangers in Portland and partake in a ComixGiving dinner where we get her drunk and celebrate a book about Cannibalism.

…She apparently thought that sounded like a good time.

But for safety, she brought her guy Ryan.   You know, just in case we turned out to be bat shit crazy.   (which we are. But bless her and her manners, she stayed the duration and made it out alive. After some entertaining talk about cleaning out anal glands, the trauma that accompanies OK Cupid dating, and a childhood tale about a ‘pee couch.’)

(I should just write a blog about the stories people tell to relative strangers after having a few cocktails.  Brilliant. I’m serious.)

We also had returning guests Aubrey Aiese (Letterist for Lumberjanes) and Zack Sterling (Illustrator for Adventure time) …the “Boom! Brats” as we at Print Julep refer to them as. (lovingly of course.)  We always have a great time when we see these two, so we were super happy to have them again.

Back to the book: As discussed over dinner, the consensus is, of course, that Chew is AMAZING.  Duh. No surprise there.  But there was something about this book that all of us were trying to put our finger on that brought a sense of comfort.

Joelle pegged it;  it has a very 90’s feel to it. From the Illustration style, to the panels, the way it’s laid out, the colors, and even the type of humor, this comic is very nostalgic for those of us around our 30’s.   It brings us back to a comfort zone of comics, without the teenage angst and anger, but with the sense of hope and even a bit of adolescent goofiness we all miss and sometimes have a hard time making time for anymore.

The world of comics has definitely shifted, and as comics were originally intended,are starting to be geared toward teens again. Teenagers are into much different things now than they were at the start of comics, and even from just ten years ago. Or almost 20 as is the case with the 90’s. (Man that hurts.) A  lot of creators and publishers are just trying to keep up with the times. There’s a lot to be said for innovative storylines as well as offering the cutting edge of artwork and modern styles of storytelling in the comic medium.  But I think sometimes a good formula for success is reaching out and touching a fan base with a past they didn’t realized they were longing for.

Chew is able to do this, with a creative and unique premise, familiar ambiance, relevant conversation, and a comfortable world drawn y Guillory.

All in all, Chew is a lot like that Ladyfinger cake Claire made.. I’m not sure exactly why I like it, I just do.


DSC_8121DSC_8179Ladyfingers for dessert.  Because CANNIBALS.

Enough bragging about how awesome our nerdy dinner party was, time to get down to business and give you the recipes for sweet, sweet justice.


If you didn’t want to watch the video we made while buzzed, with very unsteady camera work, here’s a typed out, more accurate, hand-holding version of how to make this Chew-tastic drink.


The Old Fashioned Beet Down is just a twist on a traditional Old Fashioned.   Instead of a cherry or regular simple syrup, Claire made a beet simple syrup that takes the edge off the bourbon and makes this drink a smooth sail to shitface town.



1 Full beet chopped and peeled

1 Cup of Sugar

2 Cups of Water

Stir together in a pot and boil down until the liquid is about 1 cup. Strain the beets out and keep the blood.  BAM.

It also makes your kitchen look like you slaughtered someone.  Feel free to leave it to make a point if you’re pissed at any house mates.


1 sugar Cube


3 dashes of Bitters


1/2 Teaspoon of Beet Simple Syrup


1 Orange Slice


Muddle it together in a pint glass

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2 oz of Bourbon.  We used Burnside Bourbon by Eastside Distilling in Portland Oregon. Because it’s awesome, and THEY are awesome, because they GIVE IT TO US to use on our show and blog.  So we do.  And it’s a great relationship like that. One where they give and we take, and everyone is happy.


Next step is to throw a scoop of ice into mix and stir it for about 30 seconds to let everything infuse together. Make sure you get all the good stuff on the bottom. (That’s what she said.)

Then you want to skin an orange. Try to cut it so that you get as little of the white stuff on it as possible.


Fold the orange peel in half, and wipe the oil on the rim, then put the peel into the glass with the ice, then pour in the good stuff, (through a strainer always helps. Unless you like’m chunky…. No judging.)


There it is, peeps. We hope the next time you want to impress someone by making a badass cockail, you’ll Chew-z this one!  Hey-o!


For dessert we had some sort of thing with lady fingers and custard, and finished the night off with Cards Against Humanity in the spirit of Tony Chu and how he deals with Crimes Against Humanity regularly.  I wonder what he’d see if he took a bite out of the Dos Equis guy…

Our photo gallery from the night is below. Hope to see you next month for continued Holiday Print Julep Goodnesss.

Until next time… BEET it.