Thursday, June 30

Boneyard Hoppy Beer Night At The BeerMongers


Many probably know that I am perhaps the biggest Boneyard Beer fanboy. The folks at Boneyard know what they are doing and have recently celebrated their 1st year anniversary. Brewmaster Tony has been brewing in the business for many years, and it shows in their beers quality and consistency.

Tomorrow, Friday, July 1st, 6pm, at The BeerMongers, 5 of their hoppiest, IPA, Pale, and CDA beers will be tapped. One of the beers being tapped is their Notorious Triple IPA. They don't even have that at their Bend tasting room anymore. It was brewed to celebrate their first year anniversary. I was fortunate enough to have it at Roscoe's in Portland during their last IPA summit. Others will include their Bone'a'Fide Pale, RPM IPA (which is perhaps very close to being my favorite IPA), Hop Venom Double IPA (I haven't had this one yet), and their Armored Fist Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA. I love the Armored Fist. I wish I had a full time keg of it at all times in my kitchen. I would skip meals and replace those meals with Armored Fist. It's a must try!


@BoneyardBeer
@TheBeerMongers

Tuesday, June 28

Rogue Independence Day Garage Sale

Since I don't want to post a pic of every newsletter I received about this event, I will just post the one of The Green Dragon. The event will be at all of their locations pretty much. Flanders, Issaquah Brew, Eugene Track Town, San Fransisco, Astoria, Newport, and even their hop farm.


There will be massive discounts off of cases of beer, and other special items as well as 25% off of all Rogue merchandise.

The Wine and Beer Merchant

When Chuck's Market & Produce opened up off of Mill Plain and about 135th, I was pretty excited. I really dig the store and their produce. I try to do a lot of my less expensive, non-fruit, non-vegetable shopping at WinCo down the way on Andreson.

At the time Chuck's opened, I was excited to see a little beer and wine corral. Also it had different hours than the market itself, and collected the money for the goods in the corral.

The good news is, they have moved to their own spot right next door to Chuck's Market now to the right of Chuck's entrance. It is a larger space, and nicely laid out. I also noticed a space where they offer wine tastings, and will be soon offering beer tastings as well. I like their layout and idea. Apparently Widmer will be the first to do a beer tasting there. The company's new spot however is still very new, and they don't even have their signage up yet on the exterior of the building.

One thing I have always liked were the beer prices. I just picked up a couple 6-packs of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for just a little over $10 each. They often have sales on bombers as well. I remember last winter picking up bombers of Southern Tiers Pumking for under $5 a piece. I was floored. Many 6-packs are a good deal as well for your regular fridge drinkers. The selection isn't as large as such bottle shops like Belmont Station, and The BeerMongers, but they do have better prices than most bottle shops and even grocery stores such as Whole Foods, and New Seasons.

I look forward to seeing how the joint grows. Vancouver isn't known as a very craft beer friendly environment. I hope I can help get Vancouver there by promoting and pushing craft beer locally.

Check out their Facebook page HERE.

"Description
Come stop by and browse our 250+ beer selection - with a strong focus on local Pacific NW micro brews. We also offer a wide selection (over 450) wines with the best pricing around town.
Address
13125 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98684 · Get Directions
Phone
(503) 705-8649
Hours
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm"


** Pardon the picture quality, I was only just in there with my Android.

Sunday, June 26

Migration Brewing Company, Portland, OR.


I finally made it down to Migration brewing company the other day. It's a short click East of 28th and Glisan Street in NE Portland. 28th St. seems to be a cool little strip of many trendy little places. Even the Cuban joint across Glisan seemed to be packed.


I walked in with a buddy and first sat down at a table near the roll up door. I wanted to quickly look over the beer list, and the small assortment of food offerings. I noticed a sign that said to walk up to the bar to place orders. So I approached a gentlemen at the bar and ordered two of their Luscious Lupulin IPA's which had recently won an IPA blind tasting event at the Horse Brass.


The beer was great as I expected. A very crisp and clean IPA with a fantastic bitterness which I prefer in an IPA. It certainly wasn't a Californian overkill as I call it, which is an IPA that simply has too much floral and citrus aroma hops for flavor. It was very solid.

The gentleman at the bar though had the personality of a door stop. Not much smiling going on, discussion, you name it. Kind of like an unhappy robot. I find this trait to be very common though with businesses in the trendy areas of Portland. Having grown up there, I remember the times when Portland was the most polite city in the country. It really isn't anymore. Not to say the service was bad. It was certainly just fine. I just felt like I was being served by Rosie.

I then walked up and ordered their spicy humus and veggie plate followed by a round of their seasonal Black Hearted Ale. The humus plate consisted of a large amount of great spicy humus in a little bowl with two different types of breads that were not toasted. Lot's of cucumber slices lined the bowl, and a row sat on the larger plate which also contained some sliced green bell pepper, and tomato. There were a few pitted olives as well which are always nice to see on a humus plate. It was a decent humus plate, and is really summed up as being just average. The beer was above average. Comparing the humus plate to Breakside Brewing.. I liked Breaksides humus plate much better, but thought the beer lacked the quality that I experienced at Migration.

Later a woman was running the bar and was much more talkative and kind. She wore a great personality. It wasn't like talking to a non-smiling railroad worker in an early industrial era photograph. She was very pleasant.

Overall I haven't had more of their food offerings. It seems as though their website listed a lot more food options than the actual menu at the establishment did. I saw most eating a meatball sub they offer which looked pretty good.

It has a very simple atmosphere, and displays a large flat screen TV for the Blazer games which is a cool touch. I have nothing against a TV at a brewpub. There was plenty of cool outdoor seating outside of the roll-up doors as well. I also like a tucked away nook which had a couple of couches and a coffee table. Would be a cool place to bring a book and enjoy one of their beers.

They fill growlers for $12. So go fill one up. You won't be disappointed. I thought the two beers I tried were great. I will try other food items as I continue to go there.

Beer Review: Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti Imperial Stout

Was refreshing to see this at The BeerMongers recently. I never even read about, or knew of this beer before I spotted the bright orange label on the bottom shelf in the cooler. I was a bit let down with Stones Belgo Imperial Russian Stout.


Bottled on June 17th, 2011.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice thick dark brown and black. Big fingers of thick dense light mocha colored head. Slowly settled to a spotty island of larger bubbles riding over a thin layer of cream. Lace all about the glass. Very pretty stout.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful light cocoa and semi sweet grains melded with a smokey salty Belgian yeasty touch. Light vanilla, grassy hops, and some earthy notes. I don't know what it is about the Belgian yeast and stouts, but they give off a wonderful smoked chickory or other wood scent.

Taste: (4.0)
- Robust smokey bready woody stout. Nice light sweetness, vanilla, and cocoa grain with a salty smoked chickory-like wood touch. Bit of a bitter hopping with a light citrus grassy candy-like flare. Not bad at all. Quite relaxed compared to Stones Belgo RIS.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to heavy bodied, well carbonated and only slightly chalky. A little drying and chewy. Dusty finish. Lightly creamy and well carbonated. Not a bad drinker.

Overall: (4.0)
- Not a bad rendition of their flagship Yeti Imperial stout. Though it is not their oak aged version, the Belgian yeast pronounces a lot of woody and smoked flavors. Overall quit good, and much better fresh compared to Stones fresh RIS. I am thinking Stones would age better though. I don't know if this one would get any better with age. Solid brew.

A- / 4.03

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Saturday, June 25

Beer Review: Hopworks Galactic Imperial Red Ale

Since I am missing the North American Organic Beer Festival in Portland.. I figured I'd swing by 'By The Bottle' and sneak in for a quick freebie Pelican Brewery Tasting, and snag my first bottle of Hopworks Galactic Imperial Red Ale which is organic as are all of their beers for the most part.


I love the 'Astroids-like' game theme on the screened bottle. I also like the fact that the year is dated. This is an Imperial Red brewed with the notoriously fantastic northwest hops, and ranks in at 100+ IBU's. 9.5% Alc. is certainly a steep feature as well.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a crisp clear dark molasses brown and ruby red color. Big fluffy off-white head with big planetary galactic spotty head that settles to a nice frothy ring of lace-making goodness.

Smell: (4.0)
- The smell is somewhat masked in the beers body. But I get some wonderful sweet caramel scent, as well as a sharp bitter pine hop, with some fantastic citrus and floral notes all melded together in perfect unison. Very grassy, earthy, and herbal as well.

Taste: (4.5)
- Great bready and sweet caramel malts. Not too overly sweet which I like. There is a big bready earthy touch to balance this bad boy out. The super bitter pine forward hop certainly plays a big role as well in balancing this beast. Some light caramel, brown sugar, and a roasty earthy flare hits first, with a nice grassy herbal and floral finish. Certainly well balanced while still being very bitter. The heat from the alcohol exists, but is not overpowering or boozy. Very well done.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, chewy and cloying. Drying from the mad bitterness, and leaves the palate a bit sticky. Overall expected from the style. Well carbonated and bubbly.

Overall: (4.0)
- Overall a very nice and smooth malty imperial red. If you don't like very bitter early boil hops, this beer probably won't be for you. It's certainly for me. Very true to the style, all organic, and hits the spot. I like that it isn't so overly syrupy and sweet like so many can be. Well worth the purchase.

A- / 4.18

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Thursday, June 23

The Cans Fest

What's more cool than seeing a bad ass craft beer in a fancy dressed up can that doesn't look like the usual littered Busch Light and Coors cans found at the side of a lake. Check out Portland's first Craft Canned Beer fest at the Guild Public House.


"The Guild Public House is pleased to announce The Cans Beer Fest to be held during Oregon Craft Brew Month in partnership with Ride On Portland. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages. The Cans Beer Fest will be held at 1101 East Burnside in Portland and is scheduled July 9th from noon until 10 pm.

The Cans Fest will feature beer from as far away as Colorado where Oskar Blues pioneered using cans for their product to local Oregon brewers, including Ft. George who just started selling beer in cans this spring. We’ll have an array of brews that will satisfy the most novice beer drinker and impress the aficionados in the crowd. We’ll be announcing the complete lineup soon, which will include beers not yet on the market.

The benefit of cans over bottles include better portability, being more environmentally friendly, keeping beer fresh longer, and getting cold much quicker than bottles. More than 100 American craft brewers have recognized these benefits and more in choosing to can their product instead of bottling.

Unlike most Fests, if festival attendees like a particular beer they will be able to purchase that beer to go from The Guild as they leave the event.

While admission is free, a tasting mug is required to sample beer. A mug cost $5 and tickets valid for one 4 ounce taste are $1 each.

Please also visit The Cans Fest Facebook page information on an ongoing basis."


Official Website with more info: The Cans Fest @ The Guild Public House

Hell I might even be able to make this one!

The Cans Fest
Saturday, July 9th from 12pm - 10pm
The Guild Public House
1101 East Burnside
Portland, Oregon
Cheers!

Roscoe's 2nd Annual Summer Beer Summit


Roscoe's is well known for having some killer beer line-ups and beer summits. Tomorrow is the kick off of their Summer Beer Summit. Starts Friday, June 24th at 4:00PM, and runs until closing time Saturday, 2:30AM.

15 summer beers will be tapped. Here is a partial list:

- Amnesia (Cream of the Crop)
- Flat Tail (Top Sticke)
- Fort George (Spruce Bud Ale)
- Scaldis
- Stillwater
- Upright (Reggae Junkie Gruit)
- Caldera
- Oakshire
- Cascade (Summer Gose)
- Laurelwood
- Lompoc
- Hop Valley

... and more!

Two Beers Brewing Releasing Cans Just In Time For Summer

Two Beers Brewing out of SoDo, Washington (Seattle area) is paving some ground by releasing their beer in easy to carry cans. Many craft breweries are taking this route such as Sierra Nevada, Fort George Brewing, and Boneyard Brewing out of Bend. Two Beers Brewing appears to be the first in Washington to take the aluminum can plunge!


"SEATTLE (June 21, 2011) – Today, Two Beers Brewing released three of its popular Northwest-style brews in 12-ounce aluminum cans. The Seattle area microbrewery, located in SoDo, is the first Washington craft brewery to package its beers in the familiar aluminum cladding. Known for its flagship Evolutionary IPA, Two Beers Brewing begins distributing cans in dozens of Seattle area retailers just in time for a summer full of camping, hiking, outdoor concerts and more.

“Introducing cans was a obvious choice for us,” said Joel VandenBrink, Two Beers Brewing founder and head brewer. “We love bottles, but bottles can only go so many places. As a hiker and backpacker myself, it’s great to be able to enjoy a flavorful craft beer after a long hike, without having to lug around heavier bottles in my backpack. Plus, cans can go places bottles can’t, such as outdoor concerts. It’s a great option with a lot of benefits.”

While still small in number, more microbrewers are turning to cans, threatening to break the reputation of glass as the only worthy container for a tasty brew. Cans are lighter than bottles, chill faster, require less fuel to transport, are more readily recyclable and protect beer from the degrading effects of exposure to light. They are also airtight and oxygen-free, ensuring your beer is as tasty and fresh as the way it was intended.

In addition to its Evolutionary IPA, Two Beers Brewing will be canning two summer seasonals – Panorama Wheat and Trailhead ISA (India-style Session Ale), the newest addition to the Two Beer Brewing line of unique, handcrafted Northwest-style beer.

“Good beer doesn’t have to come in a bottle. We set out to put assertive yet classic beers in cans to shatter people’s perceptions about what comes in a can,” stated VandenBrink. In addition to ease of recycling and carrying, he added, “You have to admit, there’s something satisfying about the sound of cracking open a can.”

The crew at Two Beers Brewing aren’t the only ones excited about their venture into cans. Seattle retailers – including Whole Foods, Central Markets, 99 Bottles and more – have been waiting for a Washington state brewery to take the plunge and will be begin carrying Two Beers Brewing cans in their stores early next week.

“Folks in Washington are beer and nature lovers, so craft beers in cans make perfect sense,” added Ryan Rosen, beer specialist for Whole Foods Market Westlake. “By providing their artisan brews in a portable, durable can, Two Beers Brewing has made it so all of Washington is our beer garden. I’m thrilled to offer my customers a great local product that they can enjoy while exploring Washington’s great outdoors.”

Two Beers Brewing, in operation since 2007, will continue to distribute its popular 22-ounce bottles, in addition to being available on tap in more than 300 restaurants and bars statewide. Offering eleven beers – including five year-round, six seasonal and a host of intricate infusions – Two Beers Brewing also offers pints, growlers and kegs-to-go in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery and tasting room. For more information, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing onFacebook or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com."

Wednesday, June 22

Boneyard Beer Dinner with Guest Chef Joe Anderson


"The last of a series of four-course meals, this one paired with Boneyards finest & will be Benefiting Open Meadow Alternative School..... Menu to come... Reserve your spot by calling H&V today. 503-954-3322. $50"


Sunday, July 31 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday, June 21

At By The Bottle: Pelican Summer Release Party, & Fort George Can Release Party Events


Check out By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA for some killer upcoming events.

"Enjoy the great taste of summer, as in Pelican Summer release beers! Although Pelican Pub and Brewery is a fantastic destination, located in Pacific City on the almighty Oregon Coast, why not save some time and gas money by sampling their award-winning beers right here in Vancouver, WA.

Beer sample menu: (subject to change at any time, and available while supplies last)

Ankle Buster Ale Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Surfer’s Summer Ale

Winema Wit Belgian-Style Wit

Kiwanda Cream Ale

Pelican IPA

Event date: Saturday, June 25, 2011

Time: 4pm to 6pm


Tasting Fee: FREE!"



And also a release party for the latest canned brews coming out of the fantastic Fort George Brewing in Astoria Oregon:

EVENT: CAN GOODS-FORT GEORGE BREWING WASHINGTON RELEASE PARTY

CAN you make it? Finally, Fort George’s can-do efforts are in the CAN, for sale in Washington. Join us for Fort George’s much anticipated release of thier canned beers, Vortex IPA, and 1811 Lager. Their 16-ounce tall cans are great-tasting and good-looking. Talking about tall and good looking, Brian from Fort George will be joining in on the festivities. BTB will be the only access in Washington for some time to get the Fort George can goods, stop By the Bottle for a sample. Fort George Brewery and Public House is located in Astoria, Oregon. more

Beer sample menu: Due to legal issues of an Oregon brewery coming to Washington, this list is very much subject to change.

VORTEX INDIA PALE ALE-tall cans

1811 LAGER-tall cans

on draft:

QUICK WIT BELGIAN-STYLE WHEAT

SUNRISE OATMEAL PALE ALE

WORKING GIRL PORTER



Event date: Friday, July 8, 2011

Time: 5p to 7p

Burnside Brewing To Bottle Some Beers!

Great news from such a new and great start up brewpub in Portland. If you haven't been there yet, you are missing out on some of the best and most interesting food plates, as well as some killer beers.


"Brewing greats Jason McAdam, an original Roots Organic Brewery owner and founder, Jay Gilbert formerly of Full Sail Ales, and Adam Cassie, all of the Burnside Brewing Company have finalized their supplier/wholesaler agreement with Maletis Beverage.

Burnside Brewing Company, currently brewing 6 draft beers from their 15-barrel brew house will enjoy a wide distribution network of the On-Premise accounts in Maletis Beverage’s account base. Burnside Brewing Company will begin bottling at the end of next month when Maletis Beverage will take the package product to off premise locations.

The brewery is noted for their unfiltered, lagered beers and their innovative brew pub menu while the wholesaler is recognized as the oldest family-owned beer distributorship in Portland."


Cheers!

Beer Review: Lost Abbey Angels Share Brandy Barrel 2010


I picked up two of these 12.7 Fl. Oz. bottles. One I wanted to try, the other I plan on sitting on for quite some time I am hoping. I have never tried this beer of any vintage, and have probably done more reading about it than anything. At Beer Advocate, many craft beer enthusiasts have ranted on about carbonation issues, the price, and how much of a turd Tomme Arthur is. I will say this: Port and Lost Abbey know how to brew some of the finest beers in the world. But yes, beers had been released that would not have passed quality control at so many others. The beer was very expensive. For this one fine glass of beer, I paid $18.99 which is pretty much the going rate at most places. I will say this too: The beer is very under carbonated. Let's get to the review. This vintage is 11.5% Alc.

Appearance: (2.0)
- Quite the heavy pour into a small Rogue flute glass (all I really have at the time being). Pours a very dark cola brown with some slight off-white bubbly head.. only a paper thin layer which has pretty much vanished and left the smallest little ring around the perimeter of the brew. Its a nice color, but shows a major lack of carbonation.

Smell: (4.5)
- Wonderful esters, grape, fig, vanilla and oak. A wonderfully sweet malt backing up all the scents. I sure hope it tastes as good as it smells. Such a smooth girthy malt and earthy aroma. One of the best smelling barleywines I have experienced. Brandy indeed.

Taste: (4.5)
- Wonderful esters, fig, and prune notes. Nice subtle brandy notes riding strong along side a wonderful vanilla oak. Greatly melded with rich toffee and caramel malts.. seemingly concentrated down so much into one of the best tasting barleywines. Slight heat from the alcohol, but even as new as it is, it is very well hidden in the wicked good balance and blend. Seriously a great beer.

Mouth Feel: (2.0)
- Medium to light bodied, and just a very slight carbonation that allows a little bubbling on the tongue. It's still enough to call it a beer, though rather short. Slightly mouth watering from an underlying tartness, and a touch chewy from a sweetness that is unmatched. Simply not carbonated enough though at this time.

Overall: (3.5)
- It is such a shame that at this time the beer is so under carbonated. The look of the beer suffered greatly because of the lack of head, lacing, and stability. The mouth feel suffered because it became only a bit watery feeling because of the lack of carbonation as well. Everything else about the beer is stellar. I can't seem to understand why after so many years of this beer being under carbonated, that the issue hasn't been resolved. I am guessing that the yeast in the bottle and some time on my other bottle will hopefully take care of this issue years down the road though I am not keeping my hopes up. Taste and smell though is like no other.


B+ / 3.93

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Sunday, June 19

More Beer In Bend? No Way!?

A couple friends of mine grew up in Bend, OR. BMX biking, Snowboarding, Hiking, other forms of biking and athletics dominate the great hills and mountains. Skateboarding is huge. Working on your muscle car or rat rod is big. Bend is a robust little city booming with life. It is a city I have not yet been to. Kind of sad really.

Chad Kennedy, the latest Brewmaster of Laurelwood Brewing, is leaving. This was kind of surprising to me. I mean, I was recently at their Battleground, WA location, and talked about Chad brewing small batches right there in the pub. What previously was more shocking to me, was that Laurelwood closed their Northwest Portland House location. I really thought that place was doing quite well. I can see why the original pizza joint closed. Also Oregon can be a tough cookie to run a business upon. I wonder if the owners, and the management had a lot to do with his leave. It's a tough world for so many that brew good beer to work under someone who owns the brewery and pub. It was but a few years back that Laurelwood took over the old Sylvia's Italian Fine dining in Northeast Portland just stumbling distance from the house I grew up in. I remember the big day of dropping in their tanks. Kind of shocking really. Laurelwood grew to be one of my favorite brewpubs in the area. Their Workhorse IPA sure had a lot to do with that too. I thought their limited Framboise release was stellar as well (lucky enough to find one?). I still have a wax dipped litre bottle of their Auld Battle Axe Scottish Imperial as well. It is great with some time on it. What is to happen to Laurelwood? I am very curious. Only time will tell I guess.

I certainly wish Chad Kennedy the very best on his move to Bend. I hope his start up production brewery goes as planned, and I hope to soon find some of his great beers up here in Portland, and Vancouver. I hope to see a lot of beer geeks raving about them too. I also hope that he experiments a little more, which I am sure Laurelwood didn't give so much room for.

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Deschutes Brewmaster Larry Sidor has left Deschutes as well. He's not retiring, he is opening 856 Brewing company with the help of some big influential business partners. That is just the business end of it so far, so we will see what transpires from here on out. Perhaps and most likely a more solid brewery name will come of it. It wouldn't shock me either to see Chad brewing for them. Or perhaps that is just my own brain working on a craft beer conspiracy.

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There are some other big names such as Bend Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, and my favorite of them all over there, Boneyard Brewing to contend with. Competition is getting deep.

Will be fun to see what transpires from here on out!

Gorge Blues N' Brews Festival

What better than some of the best blues bands, northwest craft brews, wines, and BBQ? If you have the time this weekend June 24th in the evening, and primarily June 25th starting at Noon... you don't want to miss one of the best times offered in the Northwest.


"Formerly called Blues Brews and Barbecues, the newly-named Gorge Blues and Brews Festival continues the tradition of musical genius, award-winning microbrews and great cuisine in a scenic setting at the Skamania County Fairgrounds. Join us on next Saturday, June 25, in Stevenson, WA, from noon to 10:00 pm to celebrate the summer and great beers in a perfectly-Northwest location.

Kick-off the weekend with the new FREE Friday Night Waterfront Jam from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on June 24. The evening will feature live music, food and craft vendors, and a beer garden provided by the American Legion.

The main event on Saturday features a soulful line-up singing the blues: “The Knuckleheads” at noon, followed by “The Lloyd Jones Struggle” at 3:00 pm, and finally, “Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King” at 7:00 pm. Some of the best brews in the Northwest can be sampled at Gorge Blues and Brews. Walking Man, Full Sail, Salmon Creek, Everybody’s, Lompoc, Laht Neppur, Double Mountain and Big Horse breweries will all be on tap, just to name a few.

Admission is $15.00 per person and includes your choice of a commemorative beer mug or wine glass. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available now at the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce until Wednesday, June 22. Or, order online at www.gorgebluesandbrews.com.

This is a great excuse for people in Seattle looking to get out of the city for great scenery, music and beers."


Take a look at the official website HERE and look at all the brews making a show in addition to the killer blues bands.

Cheers!

Trade Route Brewing

Many may remember the old Laughing Buddha Brewing in Seattle, WA. You may also remember them getting sued because an Australian Brewer used Buddha shaped bottles.


I got a little nudge from the good folks at By The Bottle here in Vancouver about the comeback of Trade Route Brewing. Comeback meaning some more distribution and beer. Soon there are to be some tastings planned from Trade Route at By The Bottle. Some showcased beers will be their 'Hoppy Bitch' IPA, and a Mango Weizen. Many may remember the Ginger Pale as well. They also have a nice black ale, and a smoked brew called a Feuerbier. Check out their site here!

They kind of kept quiet in the past since the loss of the great Buddha, but it looks like they will be hitting back in the market pretty hard right now. Look out for tastings and new brews from Trade Route Brewing out of Pacific, WA!

Saturday, June 18

Beer Review: Stone Brewing 'Belgo Anise' Imperial Russian Stout


"This 2011 Odd Year release pours pitch black with a deep tan head, with aromatic notes of anise, coffee, and cocoa jumping from the glass. Coffee and dark roasted malt flavors dominate, with a robust complement of anise and oak, which leave a lingering blend of vanilla, licorice, and dark malt on the palate. This one will age nicely for several years."

I grabbed one each of the Belgo and Regular 2011 RIS from By The Bottle here in Vancouver. I actually meant to buy two Belgo's, but oh well. I am sure I will be buying more Belgo's.


Let's get to tasting it shall we. I pulled the bottle from my wine cooler which sits at about 55 deg. F. This of course is a fresh beer, being 2011.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Poured a jet chalky brown with three big fingers of light latte colored head. Took only a short time for the head to settle to a thin blanket with a slightly thicker island in the center. Light lacing about the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- Slightly salty, licorice nose. Almost a smoked woody touch. Slightly sweet good n' plenty smell for sure. Chocolate and roasty grain and malt. Earthy and grassy herbal touch. Very interesting smell for sure. Light boozy alcohol, and a bit rich and bready. Yeast doesn't shine through too much through the thickness.

Taste: (3.5)
- Very smokey woody flavor. Sure this isn't a smoked woody stout? Salty touch with a chocolate malt bill which isn't too overpowering and sweet. Very woody aged, and classic flavor. Earthy herbal hop notes, a bready yeast touch. Light esters. Overall very interesting.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Certainly dry from the bitter hopping. Touch thick and chewy. Leaves a blanket of creamy stout film on the tongue. Lightly chalky.

Overall: (3.5)
- I think this stout will do far better with age, and perhaps then I will update my review accordingly. For now it is a very different RIS compared to their usual classic version which is known to be one of the best. It's certainly worth the try fresh.. but I am thinking it will be far far better with near 5 years on it or so.

B / 3.53

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Thursday, June 16

Beer Review: Maui Brewing Flyin' Hi.P.Hay

Snagged up a can (yes, 12 oz. aluminum wide mouth can) of this at By The Bottle here in the couve.


Appearance: (3.5)
- Perfect copper penny amber, pretty much transparent all the way through in my cheater pint. Big fluffy finger of head which quickly chillaxed to a spotty thin blanket of white moon-like foam. Little touch of lacing.

Smell: (3.5)
- Big grainy notes. Thick caramel, spicy bitter pine hop notes. Sweet grains and brown sugars. Zesty, and quite a nice pleasant floral aroma. Overall solid grain, and a very separated floral and pine hop. Lets see if the taste is balanced.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big caramel malts, smooth biscuity backbone. This IPA compared to others certainly offers a bit more in its grain and malt profile. It is finely balanced with a special bitter pine and grassy hop flare. Zesty, a light touch spicy.. and a smooth grainy and bitter finish. Overall quite nice.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit drying and parching. Touch chewy. Overall a well carbonated medium bodied and slightly creamy smooth IPA. Certainly is a good drinker.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like this IPA and find that it stands out from so many others. I am one for a lighter malt profile with more bready and biscuit notes, but this one plays the caramel malt very well without stepping into red territory. Great bitter touch and not such a citrus monster like so many others. Certainly a solid IPA from the fresh can.

B+ / 3.78

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Sunday, June 12

Bridging The Taps

The awesome By The Bottle & Saraveza will be shuttling a bus between each other for all the glorious lovers of craft beer in the pacific northwest.


Details:

Saturday, June 18, 2011
2pm-8pm

Bus pass price: $16.00 advance, $20 day of

Bus pass includes:
One wristband, a total of 8 beer sample tokens to use at either location, unlimited round trip bus rides, bus entertainment
includes live music, beer trivia, raffles, prizes, & snacks!

Saraveza riders receive a 5% discount card for By the Bottle’s bottle shop, By the Bottle riders receive a 5% discount card for Saraveza’s bottle shop (valid on your next visit, not day of)

Bus schedule: 1st bus departs from Saraveza to By the Bottle at 2:00pm.
1st departure from By the Bottle to Saraveza at 2:30pm with returns to each location approximately every half hour.

Purchase tickets at:
Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern
1004 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217, 503-206-4252
By the Bottle, 104 W. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98660,
360-696-0012

Events, General Info: All events are held at By the Bottle unless otherwise mentioned, 104 W. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA, 98660, 360-696-0012. Event details are subject to change. Must be 21, bring valid photo ID. So sorry, no minors are allowed in the Bottle Shop or in the Tap Room, and, our Tap Room is cash only, thanks. Pets are not allowed on the premises during events, including the Bottle Shop.

Parking info: MO-FR, coin-operated meters til 6pm, ok to park in the lot across the street after 5pm and on the weekends. All weekend parking is free.

By The Bottle Taplist: (All beers not legally tapped in Oregon)

The By the Bottle Tap Room is cash only, atm on-site.

- Odin Brewing Freya’s Gold Kolsch-Seattle, WA

- Fremont Brewing Interurban IPA-Seattle, WA

- Port Brewing Mongo Double IPA-San Diego, CA

- Naked City Brewing Jack the Ripa Rye IPA-Seattle, WA

- Black Raven Brewing Trickster IPA-Seattle, WA

- Port Brewing Shark Attack Imperial Red Ale-San Diego, CA

- Iron Horse Brewing Irish Death Specialty Dark Ale-Ellensberg, WA

- Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Belgian Strong Dark Ale-San Diego, CA

Saraveza Taplist:

SARAVEZA'S TAP LIST:

Migration Brewing "Black Hearted" CDA - Portland, OR
Amnesia Brewing "Dusseldorf" Alt Bier - Portland, OR
Coalition Brewing "Hanso" Stout - Portland, OR
Flat Tail Brewing "Some Like it Hop" IIPA - Corvallis, OR
Burnside Brewing "Alter Ego" IPA - Portland, OR
Vertigo Brewing Amber - Hillsboro, OR
Heater Allen Brewing Pils - McMinnville, OR
Block 15 Brewing "Psidium" Guava Farmhouse Ale -Corvallis, OR

Also Brewvana Tours is teaming up and helping with the event!

Beer Review: Port Brewing Anniversary Ale (2011)

"A massively hoped Strong IPA brewed to celebrate our Anniversary each year.. Brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe with Columbus and Amarillo Dry Hopping. Suggested Serving Temperature – 48-55 degrees F."

Saw this new at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA. Bottled 05/05/2011.

I will have to say.. I love anything Port Brewing. The various bottles I am lucky enough to get up here in Vancouver, I jump all over. Port Brewing does in fact brew my most favored IPA's around. From their High Tide Fresh Hop IPA, to Mongo.. and now this. Another huge 10% Imperial IPA.


Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a zesty, lightly cloudy, west coast orange and copper. Huge fingers of fluffy white spotty head.. slowly settles with lace all about the glass and a thin fuzzy layer blanketing the top of the hop punch. A very pretty west coast IPA.

Smell: (4.5)
- This beer smells nothing short of amazing. Big pine and citrus hops.. very resinous. Candied hops, sweet caramel, biscuity breadiness.. hops galore.. but well played. Light lemon zest, some tangerine, and grapefruit. This is awesome.

Taste: (4.5)
- Smooth bready caramel malts. Lightly sweet, but extremely well balanced with huge grapefruit and zesty lemon hops. Big pine character as well. Super bitter punch shows itself later in the drink. This beer is simply amazing and that is that.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Creamy smooth medium bodied brew with perfect carbonation. Certainly west coast all the way. Smooth malty body, and a bit drying and resinous. Sticky, and chewy as well from all the hop madness. Great feel.

Overall: (5.0)
- This beer is a must must have. Port has IPA's and IIPA's down. They simply brew the best and really know what a west coast IPA is all about. Purely amazing beer. I wish I had a keg of it or three. The hop blend and smooth balance with the bready malt character is bliss. A+ beer.

A+ / 4.6

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Friday, June 10

Beer Review: Alaskan Raspberry Wheat (Pilot Series)

Many may not know that I am oddly a fan of raspberry wheat beers. Perhaps it is because some of my first introductions to craft beer were fruit beers such as Thomas Kempers Weizenberry, Widmers Widberry, and Pyramids Apricot Ale. For some time I worked in Beaverton Oregon and rarely made it in to the Racoon Lodge which is the original location of Cascade Brewing. Only but a couple of years ago did I actually first try their Razberry Wheat. I drank it, I loved it, and I reviewed it with stellar marks. So far to date, I feel Cascade Brewings Razberry Wheat is a very underrated raspberry wheat ale. I was kind of shocked to see Alaskan Brewing release an actual bottled version of the beer. I was also quite shocked at the price I paid for the 22 oz. bomber. It was pretty much $9. Let's see how it holds up, live, as I review it. I figure I will do the dirty work before many of you decide to take the dive and buy it. It is getting much more difficult these days to spend that kind of money on a beer for many. What can make a beer make the consumer swerve off track to try something new? My excuse of always wanting to try something new isn't good enough for the current market.

This bottle is the second one I have had from what I believe has been the second release of their Pilot Series program. I really am a big fan of the imperial IPA that was released, and have sat back thinking about how underrated it really has been.


Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a murky cloudy copper and browned fluid. Much like a rich amber has been tainted with the juices of a red fruit. The while fingers of head really stuck around a bit, and have left a thin foamy layer steadily about in my cheater pint. Appears to be ready to make some lace.

Smell: (4.5)
- Light fresh, crisp, and fruity raspberry aromas. Like holding your nose right up to a freshly picked raspberry as the hairs between the fruits tickle your nose. Light brown sugar sweetness and thin caramel nose. I am really looking forward to the gulp.

Taste: (3.5)
- Nice earthy wheat malt backdrop with a subtle raspberry blanket across the tongue. There are certainly some bitter hops at play here. Grassy, piney, and a bit like dry herbs. Zest balances in between a rather mild wheat malt and subtle sweet fruitiness. There seems to be a healthy amount of wheat which is nice, and a surprisingly healthy dose of bittering hops. The raspberry sits nicely within, which is odd since they played such a role in the nose. Doesn't quite hold up to my expectations though. Bit of a tartness to it as well afterwards.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Well carbonated.. almost too much for this style of beer. Medium to light bodied, and a bit chewy. Tartness keeps the palate watering. Bit chalky from the blandness of the malt. Not so bad, but average compared to my expectations.

Overall: (3.5)
- For me it's tough comparing such a beer to others of its equal style. But this one fell slightly short for my expectations. It is still a very solid brew, but for the price (which doesn't reflect my score) I should have been able to acquire a 6-pack of the same thing. It's nice to see such a brew from Alaskan down here in Vancouver, WA at a Whole Foods, but I just can't say "Go out and try it!". It's solid, but nothing to rave about.

B / 3.73

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


Cheers!

Tuesday, June 7

Beer Review: The Bruery Collaboration With Cigar City Brewing Marron Acidifie

Grabbed a rather expensive bottle some time ago and have only had in my cellar now for a few weeks. It is stated to be an imperial Oud Bruin. I served it a little warmer than they suggested at about 55 deg. F. I believe I spent about $24 for the 750ml bottle at Belmont Station.


Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a dark murky cranberry brown. Very minimal bubbly tan head, down to a dusty residue ridden chunky foam on top. This beer is loaded with traces of yeast and/or brett. Many spores touch bottom while still much remains floating on the top. More foam appears at the second pour, revealing it's thick tan head with specs in it.

Smell: (4.5)
- Very nice oak softens the cranberry, leathery and earthy aromas. Wonderful dusty sour shines through a bed of tart fruits and flower pedals. Slight funk and wood make this a very great smelling sour.

Taste: (4.0)
- Great funky leathery tobacco malt notes with a bed of tart cranberry, slight balsamic notes like described on the bottle, and a touch of wet blanket. A wonderful backdrop of dark currants show through with blackberry. Oak and woody character along with some earthiness. All very well melded together. A very fine sour.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Slightly thin, watery, and mouth watering. A bit chalky and drying from the brett and woody character. Overall not bad.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is a great interpretation of the style. Very well played funky flavors with a fantastic tart sourness. All my favorite sours always have a dark currant flavor that shines through towards the end of the taste. This is certainly a first class brew. I was a little surprised with the amount of yeast/brett floating around on top of the goodness. I am positive this beer would only get much better with a couple years on it.

A- / 4.15

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Sunday, June 5

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Weizenbock

This is the fourth, and last reviewed bottle from the Best of Summer Beer Camp twelve pack which I must say was quite a nice twelve pack. Full of great unique beers that really all so far have hit high marks with me.


Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice cloudy zesty yellow/orange will a fluffy couple fingers of head. Settles to a nice creamy blanket. Looks like this puppy will leave lacing everywhere it goes. The beer looks darn near perfect for the style. High marks for sure.

Smell: (4.0)
- Zesty zesty. Light clove, banana, bready malts, wheat smoothy.. lemon peel, yeasty goodness. Light honey, and sugary sweetness, Certainly smells delicious. That's about all I have!

Taste: (4.0)
- Creamy fruity malt. Banana cream pie. Lemon zest, citrus, orange, clove, light spice and an earthy herbal touch. Certainly an authentic yeast flare. Little touch sweet and wheaty, but is certainly spot on for the style. A little more hearty than I like, but that's why I have similar beers like Kellerweis to fall back on, which is also a favorite. This is certainly up there with it.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Creamy texture, lightly carbonated which is fantastic. Slightly drying from it's herbal hops. Touch sticky.

Overall: (4.0)
- Another great beer, easily a solid 2nd behind the Juniper black from this pack. I am a big fan of this guy.. just a little more sweet than I would like. A nice 4.5% sessionable version of this would more likely hit the spot, though there is always a place for one a little more robust as this. Certainly worth the purchase.

B+ / 3.98

(BeerAdocate.com Rating Scale)

Saturday, June 4

Beer Review: Iron Horse Brewing's Quilter’s Irish Death

So far, I have had only a few specialty beers from this brewer. All have been stellar beers, and certainly could play a regular role in my fridge. I snagged this one up at By The Bottle here in the Couve.


"Created by the brewery’s founder, Quilter’s Irish Death is what we call a dark, smooth, ale. Any attempt at classifying it just ends up sending beer geeks into a style guidelines diatribe. So forget style guidelines. Is your pursuit of micro beer about tasting copies of a style that fit guidelines anyways? (Neither is ours) We lovingly refer to it as beer candy. While tempting to session this beer, the name is a necessary reminder that despite the surprising approachability, this beer weighs in at a hefty 7.8% ABV."

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a dark murky coffee brown.. can't see through it. Minimal light tan to off-white head.. maybe half a finger if lucky. Settles to a nice sized ring of lace making goodness. Light solid dusting on top.

Smell: (4.0)
- Pleasant sweet malt aromas. Quite unique. Light cocoa, grainy husky red ale-like quality. Touch of smoked wood, smoked and/or roasted grain. Slightly grassy and herbal.

Taste: (4.0)
- Sweet cocoa, biscuity, bready dark malt. Smoked roasty flavor. Very herbal and grassy hop. Pretty darn good. Bitterness shines towards the finish. A nice sweet aftershock of sorts hits the palate after the swallow as well. Perhaps a touch of ginger and molasses.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Devilishly smooth. This is a perfectly carbonated, medium bodied brew with a silky smooth and creamy texture. Very high marks on this for the feel. Bitterness leads to some slight drying, and a chewy quality.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a great brew. If you are looking for a perfectly drinkable creamy smooth dark ale.. this is it. This would be gold on nitro I am guessing.

A- / 4.03

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Friday, June 3

My Thoughts On Coalition Brewing

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.

At about 3:45 in the afternoon, it was pretty slow, and happy hour was going 3-6pm. I went straight for the bar to have a seat at a nice bar chair that actually had a back on it to lean on. At the time as sore as I was, that was nice. I first of course had to have the IPA that was on the menu, the Two Dogs IPA. Wonderful bitterness, and a slight fruity touch which I later learned was an addition of apricots. It was a very tasty brew. When happy hour ended.. it seemed as though the place began to get packed.

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.

I then ordered the simple 'Rustic Veggie Sandwich'. It had peppers, spinach, and cheese toasted panini-style on a bun with chips. They had more fancy stuff on the menu, but I was wanting to save room for my recovery beers. A lot of the food I saw being walked out from the back looked fantastic.

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

Wednesday, June 1

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp - Double IPA

This is my third beer review from the Summer Beer Camp series released by Sierra Nevada Brewing. Just below in the blog are the first two. Tomorrow I plan on reviewing the Weizenbock.


Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a light glowing zesty orange and slightly hazy copper. Fluffy finger of white head that slowly dissipates to a creamy thin blanket with a lace making ring. This beer looks very 'westcoast-ish'.

Smell: (3.5)
- Light bready malts, caramel, biscuit and a fine bitter zest of citrus. Very resinous pine and grassy hops as well. Subtle sweet fruity touch as well.. like a freshly made fruit salad.

Taste: (4.0)
- Very smooth and sweet fruity ipa. It is well balanced with a bready caramel malt which is slightly sweet, and a very bitter hop initially.. which finishes with a bit of lemon peel, fruit salad, and earthy notes. Resinous pine hops are riding the palate as well.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bitter dryness and sticky sweetness create quite a chewy feel in this medium bodied brew. The carbonation is perfect.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a pretty good double IPA. It's not too heavy, and seems to blend the traits of a good west coast IPA with some nice touches of IPA's found elsewhere. There are some very unique qualities to both the malt and hop uses. Very well worth the try. I do especially love its bitterness.

B+ / 3.9

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

Next Weekends Fruit Beer Fest Beer List

Fruit Beer Fest @ Burnside Brewing Co.




Venue:
Burnside Brewing - Parking Lot
7th and East Burnside (503) 946-8151
Portland, OR
97214

Times:
Saturday June 11th 11-9pm
Sunday June 12th 11-6pm

Admission:
Free Entry
All-Ages
$6 for Tasting Glass (required to drink beers)
$1 per ticket, most beers except for rare one-off entries are 1 ticket for 4oz pours 4 tickets for a full glass
Buzz Tent beers 2-3 Tickets for 4oz pours
Special Package: 1 Tasting Glass and 10Tickets for $15


Tap List:
Oakshire: Gin Barrel Aged Blackberry Imperial Stout
Our Imperial Overcast Espresso Stout was aged with for two months in an Old Tom Gin Barrel from Oregon’s Ransom Spirits. Oregon grown blackberries were added giving the finished beer hints of Gin botanicals and a mild blackberry fruitiness which balances the sweet chocolate and roast flavors from the beer. 9.5%

Upright: Gin Barrel-Aged Four with Strawberries
Upright’s flagship wheat beer aged with Oregon strawberry puree in a Ransom Distillery Old Tom Gin barrel. The otherwise straightforward brew picks up a mix of the fruit character and the unique botanical notes that only come from the one of a kind local gin casks. 5%

Hopworks: Chili infused Survival Seven Grain Stout
Hopworks Head Brewer Ben Love added a unique blend of chili peppers to 3 small kegs of their Survival Seven Grain Stout. Each keg picked up its own flavors off the different peppers isolated. Those kegs were later blended to taste for the ultimate chili pepper infused stout made just for the Portland Fruit Beer Festival.

Lompoc: Cherry Fechter:
Our Fools Golden fermented in a Maryhill Vineyard Cabernet Franc barrel with 35 pounds of sour cherries. It is clean crisp with a bright pink color and a slight sourness in the finish.

Widmer Brothers: 2009 Cherry Oak Doppelbock
Cherry Oak Doppelbock is a rich ale, cold-fermented with dark sweet and red tart cherries, then conditioned on new, heavily toasted American oak. The result is a dark lustrous brew with up-front malty sweetness and cherry fruit notes completed by caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted oak undertones. The complex flavor profile balances the impressive 9% ABV and 40 IBUs.

Coalition: Wheat from the Tree
An American style wheat aged 2 months in a St. Josef’s chardonnay barrel, this beer has light notes of bartlett pears and wine grape, with a sweet and tangy finish of fresh mandarin and tangelo. Starting at 4.4% abv, this beer spontaneously fermented to ~5.2% with the addition of 60 lbs of fresh fruit.

New Belgium: Peach Love
Love is the base beer used for New Belgium’s sour series of beer like La Folie. This super sour single barrel beer was aged in Whiskey Barrels with Peaches. 8.5%Abv. Ultra rare!

Block 15: 2010 La Ferme’ de Demons (the Demon’s Farm)
Black farmhouse ale brewed with Belgian Pilsner, French Wheat, Candi Sugar, roast malt and farmhouse yeast. Aged for over 8 months in three barrel types; Pinot Noir, Oregon Oak, and Bourbon with Brettanomyces. After barrel aging and blending, this dark ruby black ale is further matured with a touch of Oregon Tart Cherry. A demonic brew to quench only the most sinister thirst. 8.75%alc/vol 31 IBU’s.

LOLA/Lucky Lab: Cherry Kolsch
This brew is a first for the Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) crew with no less than a dozen women breaking a sweat on a sunny day in April at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall on NW Quimby. Under the watchful eye of Lab Brewdog Ben Flerchinger, this beer was originally brewed with Golden Promise and flavored with Munich, Wheat & Honey malt. Then CTZ hops were added for bitterness and Fuggles for aromatics. A K├Âlsch yeast was used to give it a bready, lemony, and mildly dank character. Cherry LOLA is the side project of the LOLA Kolsch. Five gallons of LOLA Kolsch were kegged off and conditioned with black cherry juice for a delightfully sweet and mildly tart flavor. This beer was brewed by the ladies to be enjoyed by everyone!

Cascade: Apricot
Our Apricot has the intense aroma of Goldrich and Rival apricots, slow-ripened before being introduced to the beer. Based on a Belgian Tripel, this beer went through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels, then rested on the fruit for four months before finishing. 8.5% ABV

Cascade: Kriek
Our Kriek spends over six months in lactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels. This NW style sour red ale is fermented for eight months with fresh whole Bing and sour pie cherries. 7.3% ABV

Double Mountain: Devil’s Kriek
It is with great pleasure that we brew Devil’s Kriek once a year at cherry harvest, and let it develop its intensity for a full twelve months, until it’s time to do it again. This year’s batch is intensely dark and fruity, thanks to over 70 lbs. per barrel of Bings (twice what we used last year) from Matt’s orchard in Odell. The light sourness comes not from sour cherries, but from Brettanomyces “wild yeast”, which slowly add the tang and a host of other funky flavors. A brown ale base provides a tasty counterpart to the fruit. 8.3% ABV

Breakside: Brewer’s Bramble
Inspired by the classic bramble cocktail, this beer was aged in an Old Tom Gin barrel with blackberries, lemon peel, and juniper berry.

Breakside: Whiskey Ginger
This beer finds its origins in a cocktail called Six Lengths Ahead, which was on the original drink menu at Portland’s cocktail hotspot Beaker and Flask. This beer also aged in a Whippersnapper barrel and has blueberries, fresh ginger, lime peel, and a touch of grenadine.

He’ Brew: Origin Pomegranate Ale
Brewed with the juice of over 10,000 luscious pomegranates, ORIGIN is a complex, rich and balanced Imperial Amber Ale with a truly unique character. The pomegranate juice is added during fermentation, leaving only the residual sugars, which serve to balance the hop bitterness. 8% Abv