I was happy to receive an email inviting me to a beer release party/event Lagunita's Brewing had hosted in Portland at the Bassanova Ballroom. For one, I know Lagunitas knows how to throw a party, and two, I have never attended an event yet at the Bassanova. Today as I write this, I am scratching my head as to why I haven't.
The beer is Waldo's Special Ale. The term 'Waldo' comes from a phrase used to explain those that sit alongside the wall just hangin' such as the term 'Wallflower'. But the story is a little deeper than that, and I won't go into all the way. I have to leave something for folks to research on their own.
It was also a pleasure joining up with many fellow PDXBeerGeeks and Brewers. What else could be better but talking beer and entertainment with fellow craft beer enthusiasts?
Also the joint sits just right across the street from Burnside Brewing. Good spot to have some dinner and a beer before attending an event at the Bassanova.
Overall the event was just a really cool party with lots of people having fun and getting happy. I am glad I was safe and alive the next day. I was forewarned that events such as this could very easily sneak up and bite the keister.
That's about all I will write about the event. It was more of a media and industry event, and one that really just had to be seen. So I managed to finagle a few photos from my now-classic Canon Powershot which I managed to drop a few times.
The beer was very hoppy, but on tap I couldn't much tell the difference between it and their Hop Stoopid. Perhaps the malt bill is much the same, but the hops were quite different. I am guessing a lot more were used in the Waldo's Special Ale, especially in the aroma department.
722 E Burnside StPortland, OR 97214