After I spent the day hiking through and past Multnomah Falls, I had already planned to have my recovery beers afterwards at Coalition Brewing. I haven't yet been there, and looked very forward to trying the joint. I never saw it, or saw any pictures in other blog posts etc.
I liked the feel of the place. It had a nice old fashioned speakeasy, or more A European flare. It's not overly large, and has some decent seating. I felt at home, and can see myself drinking a beer there on more occasions than some of the others in town.
The next beer I tried before I ordered food, was one from their Coalator Program. This is a program which accepts homebrewers recipes to be served on their taps. They usually help refine the recipe a bit before production. Bruce I am sure helps get the brews on and tweaked if needed. The Coalator brews are usually only a 10 gallon batch from their pilot system, thus only two corny kegs being filled. If it is a very popular beer, they may be asked to brew on their full 10 bbl system. The beer I had was called Blonde on Blonde, and was a golden Belgian Flanders style ale. One keg was dry-hopped, and that was the one I loved the best. I don't know about Flanders, but it was a great hoppy Belgian blonde and I loved the small traces of hops floating in my glass.
The bar tender was a very cool guy and I thought had a great sense of humor. He wasn't afraid to get going in a conversation. He was also happy to allow me some tasters of some of their other beers. The King Kitty Red was a fantastic red ale, and the Hanso vs. Bulleit stout (Their house stout aged in oak) was super good. I especially liked the fact that the oaked brew wasn't an imperial. I really like a nice oak aged beer that is a standard brew. The last pint I had was their Wu Cream Ale which was quite good as well without being overboard on sweetness or creaminess. All the beers I had were very solid and I wanted more of them, but after dinner, I had to make my travel back home. It would be a blessing to live within stumbling distance from there.
Very solid beers, great food, and a very cool atmosphere with very friendly folks working there. A must go-to little pub. I plan on going back there very soon and often.
Open: Tues-Fri 3pm-12am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am
Happy Hour: 3pm-6pm