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Smith Teamaker Is Giving Away Free Tea All Week

Plus, Tamale Boy has taken over the taproom seating at Labrewatory

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Golden Light tea at Smith Teamaker
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Smith Teamaker Gives Away Free 10 Ounce Cups of Tea Through January 18

Portland’s wildly popular tea company, Smith Teamaker, is giving out free 10-ounce cups of three new teas for a full week. The teas all fall under Smith’s new wellness-themed collection: Golden Light combines turmeric, cardamom, sarsaparilla, and black pepper; the Soothe Sayer blends peppermint, ginger, nutmeg, and echinacea; and the Lullaby, with lemongrass, chamomile, and ashwagandha. The tea is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 110 SE Washington Street in 10-ounce portions, and the shop is also selling its usual tea drinks and cookies. [EaterWire]

Experimental Brewery Labrewatory Has Leased Its Taproom Space to Neighbor Tamale Boy

Tamale Boy’s North Russell location is getting a little larger. Owner Jaime Soltero Jr. says he will be taking over the full space he once shared with the experimental brewery Labrewatory. The nano-brewery is known for its collaborations with not only other breweries but local restaurants and cafes, and has been popping up at other food carts and restaurants to sell beer over the course of the pandemic. Labrewatory owner Thad Fisco says the brewery will continue to brew beer, although the main taproom space is no longer in their hands. [EaterWire]

In Other News...

On January 11, lenders around the country opened up applications for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans or grants. However, it looks like options in Oregon could be limited. [PBJ]
• Newberg winery Rex Hill recently renovated its tasting room, which will reopen to guests on January 15. The winery is taking reservations for tastings online. [EaterWire]
Dutch Bros will continue to expand into Texas, opening a second Texas location in San Antonio [PBJ]
The latest restaurant to temporarily close due to a COVID-19 case? Coquine. [Instagram]

Disclosure: Eater Portland editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden is in a relationship with an employee of Rex Hill.

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