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Two Shades of Autumn

As the weather has been so diligently reminding us, we are undoubtedly in the midst of Fall. Any glimmer of hope for an Indian Summer is fading as quickly as the sunlight around 7:30 pm. But rather than lament the passing of another season, let us embrace and ponder the arrival of Autumn.

Autumn, it seems, can be distinguished in two ways. I feel Autumn here in Oregon has two sides: a warmer, sweeter side and a darker, notably bitter side. To better illustrate this I’ll use two new products at LifeSource, Bittersweet Vermouth and Petal & Thorn by Oregon’s own Imbue Vermouth.

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On the Bittersweet’s side, Autumn is the sweetly spiced aromas of apple pie baking in the oven while deep yellow-brown leaves drop from trees onto refreshed and unkempt green grass. Autumn is the earthy dampness of the forest floor as we forage for wild mushrooms, and the rapturous celebration of a bountiful harvest.

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On the other, Petal & Thorn-y side, Autumn is like a bitterly cold breeze on a full moon, where the promise of mischief and mirth coax us to play in the misty night with giddy hearts and masked identities. Autumn is the crooked fingers of bare trees against a steely gray sky and the silky warmth of a flannel bedsheet on a drizzly morning.

But where Autumn stops, Imbue’s Vermouth goes further: you can’t enjoy Autumn in a glass over ice nor as a delicious mixer to your favorite spirit. To find out more about the versatility and delight of these delicious beverages, visit imbuecellers.com.

Happy mixing, and happy Fall!

-Liam, the Beer & Wine Guy

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New Beers: 8/30 – 9/20

barnowl-bottle bp_2xipa1 dfh_myantonia i-ayinger-okto-fest-marzen taphandle_industrial-IPA-298x300It’s been a busy lead-up to Fall, and although I’ve  been away from the blog for a few weeks the new beers have been rolling in steadliy! Here for your perusal are the newest arrivals of the month. As always there’s a lot of obscure and under-the-radar products here, so click on the link if you what to learn more!

Here’s what’s new on the shelf:

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New Local, Non-GMO Goodies!

536_Masala_Pop_Chai_We’re getting awesome new products in all the time here at LifeSource and we’ve got a couple worth noting this month. From Masala Pop, Chai Masala Popcorn with Assam Tea handcrafted in Portland. This sweet and savory treat is made from Organic Popcorn coated in a chai-infused caramel and black Assam Tea. It’s an unusual taste sensation sure to tantalize your taste buds. Plus, it’s on sale all month long!

We’re thrilled to have three new oils from Hummingbird Wholesale in Eugene: Camelina, Pumpkin and Toasted Sesame!
Camelina is an ancient oil seed crop also known as wild flax, German Sesame or Siberian Oil Seed. Locally sourced from right here in the Willamette Valley, Camelina Oil has a unique anti-oxidant complex that makes it very stable and resistant to heat and rancidity. It is an excellent source of Vitamin E and contains up to 45% Omega-3 fatty acids. This flavorful oil is organic and so, of course it’s non-gmo, and grown without pesticides and chemical spray and then expeller-pressed with no chemical processing.
oilThe Organic Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil is grown exclusively for Hummingbird Wholesale in Aurora, Oregon and expeller-pressed at a non-GMO facility in Rickreall. This raw Pumpkin Seed Oil has a deep, rich color and is perfect for salad dressing, bread dipping or finishing. Pumpkin Seed oil is high in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, including Omega 3, Omega 6, Zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and has anti-inflammatory properties!
Last, but not least, Organic, Toasted, Expeller Pressed, and Unrefined Sesame Oil! This golden oil will add a nutty, sesame taste to any dish. Contains antioxidants, including sesamol and sesamin, and vitamin E; high in Omega 6 and 9. Serve with dark green leafy vegetables to help with absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Stop in and see what else is new at LifeSource this month!

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You Bread-er Check These Out!

breadsLabor Day has arrived and we’ve got some tasty, new hot dog buns that are sure to please! Check out these local hot dog buns from Breadstop Bakery in Eugene. They come in Honey Wheat and Challah! These little guys look so delicious even in their packaging you’ll want to tear them open before you even make it out of the store. And for your gluten free friends and family pick up a package of  Canyon Bakehouse gluten free hot dog buns! Their hot dog buns are every bit as amazing as their breads and hamburger buns. It’s hard to believe these babies are gluten free!!

If burgers are more your thing, we’ve got Organic Orzery Wheat OneBuns. Delectable thin sandwich buns with only 60 calories! Made in small batches with no artificial ingredients to ensure that each bun is full of flavor. Enjoy a Sol Cuisine Sprouted Quinoa Chia burger on top of a OneBun this Monday for a guilt-free Labor Day.

Also new this month, we now have Blueberry Bagels from Marsee Bakery. A sweet new addition to the other wonderful Marsee Bagels and products here at LifeSource.

 

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New Beers: 8/23

428508_194697517350196_820776248_n bottle_glow perla-pils-can__5905927000513A few new beverages climbed aboard our cooler this week, and they are indeed welcome company! Stone doles out another masterful special release, this one to celebrate of their 17th Anniversary. Called the Götterdämmerung IPA, it features all German hops and malts and bears a name referencing the end of world . . . classic Stone style! Nectar Creek’s Peach Session Mead and Perla’s Chmielowa Pils bring delicious, crisp refreshment to these late-summer Dog Days.

Here’s what’s new on the shelf this week:

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New Beers: 8/16

beer_lof_yu_prod beer_lof_cc_prod 130913_bottle (1)This week we have three new reasons to choose LifeSource as your great beer source! From New Belgium we’ve got two mad genius concoctions and a VERY limited, VERY exclusive release Double IPA from Stone. In case you were out of exciting, delicious new beers from two of the best brewers in the U.S.–if not the whole of the Universe–we’ve got you covered! On that note, these beers go great with gazing at the sky on a warm August night keeping a watch for falling stars! Click on the beer’s name below to learn more.

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New Beers: 7/24 – 8/9

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The last few weeks have been filled with summertime activities, but we’re back to show you the latest and tastiest additions to our beer cooler! Once again, we’re featuring the return of some old favorites and the addition of some new offerings from some great breweries. Drop by and stock up!

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New Pet Foods from Iceland

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Murr pet food uses all human grade ingredients sourced in Iceland and produced through ethical sourcing of Biodynamic energy. These Icelandic formulas are designed to

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mimic the carnivorous diet that a dog, wolf, coyote, cougar, or lion would eat in the wild, and is perhaps the most palatable food we’ve ever seen!

All formulas are GRAIN FREE, balanced and less than 1% carbohydrates. Your pet receives the vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids from the pure ingredients, so you

won’t need to feed them synthetic vitamin packs. The ingredients are put into the package raw and cooked for 3 minutes at 121 degrees Celsius.

Murr makes a perfect complete diet for cats and smaller dogs, and excellent as a treat or supplemental feeding for larger dogs!