The Orion

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band serenaded audiences Thursday night as they reminisced in the dimly lit Sierra Nevada Big Room. Without a word, Vaughan thumped his hand against the body of his silky white guitar, sending the night off into a whirlwind of guitar riffs.  “Are you ready...

Heineken caught for illegal marketing

Kayla Fitzgerald

February 18, 2017

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has reached a settlement with Heineken after the recent illegal marketing scheme. The campaign directed consumers to a separate site to obtain a coupon code, after registering on a Heineken website. If customers followed instructions, they were prompted ...

Is beer the new coffee?

A variety of beer is available for both coffee and beer connoisseurs alike at Naked Lounge. Photo credit: Cortneanne Campbell

Matthew Manfredi

November 14, 2016

Coffee shops will forever be a hub for the astute student to find a quiet place to hit the books; cafes will always offer a vacant table for an aspiring writer to rethink a plot twist over a bear claw; and now, a new spot to get a nice buzz on before the afternoon lecture. In recent years, beer and...

Mood of the night

Illustration by Emily Reising Photo credit: Emily Reising

Emma Vidak-Benjamin

October 4, 2015

Although science has proven it false that different types of alcohol actually affect you in different ways, we all have the stories and nights to show that we do indeed feel different effects-- even if it just is our mind playing tricks on us. Drinking certain types of alcohol can greatly change the course of a person’s n...

Guide to pairing cheese with wine, beer and cider

A tasteful assortment of various types of cheese, eagerly awaiting to be paired with the perfect wine, beer or cider. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot

Grace Kerfoot

October 1, 2015

While drinking in college is somewhat of a right of passage, alcohol doesn’t have to be all about the body shots, cheap beer and hot mess hangovers. One way to ease yourself into a more sophisticated drinking lifestyle is by hosting a cheese and wine, or cheese and beer, party. While there are techni...

Sierra Nevada tumbler cookies

Cookies spiced with cinnamon and spiked with Sierra Nevada Tumbler. Photo credit: Grace Kerfoot

Grace Kerfoot

September 16, 2015

As we transition to (hopefully) cooler weather, dig our flannels out from the back of our closets and prepare ourselves for the onslaught of pumpkin spice everything, let's not forget to celebrate the reappearance of Sierra Nevada's fall beers. Seriously, Chico's beloved brewery deserves more credit for ...

The Sierra Nevada experience

Illustrations by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

Jovanna Garcia

September 15, 2015

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite restaurant in Chico is, my automatic response is always Sierra Nevada. Sierra Nevada will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this November. It’s known for being one of the most important regional breweries and was named No. 2 in the Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Co...

Local finds success with unique brewery

Jim Eckert stands next to the tank that holds his gluten-free beer. Photo credit: Jenelle Kapellas

Samantha O'Reilly

September 1, 2015

The bottle was plain: a broad root beer-colored glass clothed in a simple purple label. The first sip: pleasing and rustic, evoking images of backyard weddings and renaissance fairs. Carbonation swells and conquers the taste buds before the first sip can pass the uvula.Jim Eckert, owner of the local brewing company, Eckert Malting & Brewing Company is one of the onl...

Boobs: No man’s trash, every man’s treasure

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Miles Inserra

May 11, 2015

Surrendering to peer pressure, cheating on assignments and skipping class to sleep in – students battle with morals every day. In such scenarios, the virtue in question is unmistakable and the choice to be good or bad is made knowingly. It is the less significant, less predicable tests of cha...

Purposeful pursuit of happiness

Kevin Crittenden

Kevin Crittenden

March 26, 2014

  Among the unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, the pursuit of happiness always stuck in my mind like a song I couldn’t shake. Although the political context in which the declaration was written was much different than the world I live in now, the phrase implies happin...

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