Thursday, June 28

Roscoe's 3rd Annual Summer Beer Summit

"The 3rd Annual Roscoe's Summer Beer Summit will take place on Friday June 29th beginning at 4PM. We will have 14 great summer beers on tap for the event. A few of the taps will have some of our favorite summer seasonals, but there will also be a lot of beers that just taste great on a nice summer day.

Some of the breweries (and beers) will include: Logsdon (Kili Wit), Dogfish Head (Festina Peche), 10 Barrel (Raspberry Sour Puss), Amnesia (Goldie Hops), Anchorage Brewing (Galaxy White IPA), Upright (Offen Weisse), Stiegl (Grapefruit Radler), Elysian (Yuzu's Golden Ale), Fort George (Spruce Bud Ale), Full Sail (Berliner Weisse), The Commons, and more. Some of the brewers will be in attendance to answer questions about their brews.

We will have taster trays available so that people are able to try a little of everything."

New Outdoor Patio At Cascade Brewings Raccoon Lodge, Beaverton

Summer is upon us, and our beer garden at the Raccoon Lodge is now open! It is, of course weather permitting, so call ahead if it looks iffy. Come eat and drink at the picnic tables, we feature our regular menu in the beer garden!

We've got lots of new beers on tap, including a delicious Oblique Coffee Porter, Prefunkshon Pale, some delicious Saisons and a unique sour Barrel Aged Bruin on draft. We have two sours available in bottles right now: Sang Noir ($21) and The Vine ($17).

Every Sunday afternoon is Open Mic (when the weather is good enough to have it outside). It is open to all ages and we welcome new players. We start up around 3pm and go to about 7pm. Talk to Jake, the bartender downstairs, for more information.

We have Happy Hour throughout the restaurant Monday - Friday from 4 to 6pm and again from 9pm to close; specially priced well drinks, pints of beer and lots of food choices. Saturday and Sunday Happy Hour is only in the downstairs Den from 10am to 2pm.  

We will be closed on July 4th for Independence Day - we hope you enjoy the holiday with your families and friends.

Coming up on Saturday, July 7th from 6 to 8pm, we're excited to host in our beer garden Rockin HW featuring Michael Whitaker and Alan Halvorson, performing Cowboy Poetry and Western Song. They recently came away with the 2010 Best Western Music Group Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Oregon Brewers Festival held at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland July 26 to July 29.

Happy Solstice - cheers!
(Images credit to Chris Crabb & Cascade Brewing)

Cascade Brewing Raccoon Lodge

Coalition Brewing Beer Release, Garden, & Anniversary!

July is craft beer month and we are celebrating! Starting July 1st at high noon we will be releasing a very limited batch of our St. Jo's Lost Glove. This American style strong ale has been aged for over 6 months in Pinot Barrels from St. Josef's winery in Canby, Oregon. At 9.5% ABV and 60 IBUs, this beer can be enjoyed now or set aside to age.  A robust but balanced malt sweetness, tempered by oak and wine notes, make St. Jo's Lost Glove ideal to warm you up any time of year. Limit 2 bottles per person, $12 per bottle, Available at the pub.
In addition, we will be having the grand opening of our beer garden and 2 year anniversary party Saturday, July 14th from 2pm-10pm. Live music from Brad Parsons Band, Golden Beets, Jacaranda, and more. Cornhole tournament starts at 2 and sign up is at the pub or by calling 503-894-8080 (2 people per team). Happy hour all day and BBQ from our very own Savvy J's. Pease come join us!

*****Stay tuned for details on our beer dinner at 23 Hoyt. Cheers!
Posted via Newsletter. 
Coalition Brewing

Monday, June 25

Beer Review: Block 15 Brewing Belmont Station 15th Anniversary Ale

"Last year we were asked to brew a special beer commemorating Belmont Station’s 15th Anniversary. Belmont Station has played a very important role in the growth of craft beer in the Northwest. Fifteen years ago there were not many places where one could purchase import and craft beers, and many might say that Belmont Station began the trend. 

I remember first visiting Belmont Station ten years ago when it was located next to The Horse Brass. The place was small but lined wall to wall with beer selections. At 23 years old, and growing into my craft beer shoes, I remember being joyfully overwhelmed at their selection: beer from all over the world and styles I had never heard of. Truly a young beer lover’s dream shop. It sure as hell never crossed my mind that my own beer would someday is on the shelf of such an amazing establishment, let alone special ale to mark their anniversary. 

Normally, designing a beer tends to come from various inspirations, with little pressure. I was honestly a bit nervous for this project. I wanted the beer to be unique and bring together the feel of Belmont Station, a place where imported beer sits alongside local craft beers.

Belmont Station’s owner and I share a love for the Van Winkle line of bourbons. Immediately, I knew I wanted to work with 15 yr old Van Winkle barrels. Of course that bourbon, and thus the barrels, are only available in very limited amounts and I figured procuring a dozen would be a long shot. The next day I reached out to my contact (yes, it is a secret) in Kentucky, and as luck would have it the 15yr was scheduled to be dumped that week. 

For the base beer we worked on a recipe inspired by the theory of a strong Scotch style ale. The beer was brewed with Marris Otter, c-120, roast, and a touch of cherry wood & peated malts, golding hops and Scottish ale yeast. After 10 days of cool fermentation we racked the beer into the fresh Van Winkle barrels for maturation.

At three months the beer was sampled. The bourbon was gentle with thick malt notes, fruits, light wood, and smoke. More time was needed.

After a few more months we again sampled the beer. The bourbon was more pronounced but also more mature with caramel, jammy fruits, and a backdrop of gentle smoke. The beer was good, really good, but I didn’t feel it was worthy of the project. We needed to contribute a gift from our cellar. We began to play around with blending proportions of bourbon barreled Oud Bruins from our wild program. The blends changed the structure of the beer dramatically. Acids meld well with the thick malt and aged wood gave a more mature finish. Fruits notes became accentuated adding layers of complexity. It was decided that our final blend would include 11% 24 month Oud Bruin and 11% 9 month. 

The blend was cellared an additional two months and has transformed the beer into a completely new experience. Tart acids balance the big malt and jammy fruits with moderate cherry notes and a whisper of smoke. The bourbon barrel added notes of refined whiskey, caramel, and wood. A unique ale that we are proud to offer as Belmont Station’s 15th Anniversary beer. 

Total Production:
84 Cases, 750ml bottle conditioned, corked and caged.
5bbls on draught"


Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a nice super dark malty looking Scottish, like a root beer. The tan fingers of thick foam stick around, and settle to an everlasting thin pillow with fluffy lace all about. Really a pretty beer.

Smell: (4.5)
- Nice tart and sour aromas. Nice oak aromas, vanilla, currants, and much like a splash of a fine port wine. Nice blended grain and malt sweetness as well. The tart and hint of funk really makes my mouth water.

Taste: (4.0)
- Love the tartness in the brew. Subtle currants, fruits, and grassy notes. I served this out of my cellar, so it is warmed up a bit. Light malt sweetness, hints of vanilla and oak, and a little tobacco. The more prominent flavor though seems to be it's soured tart flare and perhaps some herbal and grassy hops which are light. Overall great but I am sure would get better over time.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice smooth medium body, creamy almost from its fine and abundant carbonation. Not at all sticky, but only a touch drying, which balances its mouth watering tartness. Little chewy.

Overall: (4.0)
- Nice solid beer. It only gets slightly lower marks than near perfect because its flavor seems to lack the depth and complexity of some others of the style. It is a stellar and solid beer don't get me wrong, and i am sure it would develop more over time. I need to get more of it. Overall nice and easy to drink, like a fine wine. Block 15 beers are always amazing.

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Sunday, June 24

Total Wine & More’s Bellevue, Washington Store To Open June 28th

America’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer will be the price leader in greater Seattle with an unparalleled selection of Washington wines, spirits and beers

June 18, 2012 (BELLEVUE, WA) – Total Wine & More will officially open its first Washington state superstore in Bellevue on Thursday, June 28. Located at 699 120th Avenue, Northeast (formerly Larry’s Market) in the Wilburton Crossing shopping center, this store marks the 81st location for the premier wine, beer and spirits retailer. Two additional stores are set to open in Tukwila and Spokane later this year.

The 30,000 sq. ft. Bellevue store will feature an unparalleled collection of more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers, including the largest selection of Washington wines (1,450), distilled spirits (55) and beers (540) anywhere in the state, all at exceptionally low prices. A new feature for Total Wine will be a special section at the store devoted to craft beers. Total Wine’s “Brewery District” beer tasting bar will offer a special growler section with 12 taps that highlight Washington-brewed craft beers.

Total Wine & More’s Bellevue store will feature a climate-controlled wine cellar for rare selections, a walk-in humidor for fine cigars and gifts, as well as a space for regular tastings, consumer education courses, community meetings and special events. As with all Total Wine & More superstores, the Bellevue location will feature an upscale environment with excellent service from the company’s expertly trained staff.

“With the changes that took place on June 1st, we know that Washington consumers are conscious of the higher prices they are paying for their favorite brands,” said David Trone, who co-owns Total Wine & More with his brother Robert. “Total Wine & More will not only offer the best selection of wine, spirits and beer in greater Seattle, we will be the price leader compared to any other retailer in the area.”

In celebration of its new Bellevue store, Total Wine & More will be offering beer and wine tastings, activities, live entertainment and more. Grand opening events begin on Thursday, June 28, and run through Sunday, July 1. The Bellevue location of Total Wine & More will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, with tastings on select days.

About Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More operates 80 wine superstores in 12 states, with expansion reaching 14 states by year’s end.  The company’s vast selection of products, combined with low everyday prices and expertly trained wine associates, brings a unique shopping experience to the consumer.  Total Wine & More has the distinction of being Beverage Dynamic’s 2008 Retailer of the Year, Market Watch’s 2006 Retailer of the Year, and Wine Enthusiast’s 2004 Retailer of the Year.  Since opening its first store in 1991, Total Wine & More has been committed to being the premier wine retailer in every community that it serves.  For more information and store locations, please visit

(June 27th media invitational 6-9pm) 2,500 different beers total, with 540 from WA state breweries. In addition, Total Wine’s “Brewery District” beer tasting bar will offer a special “Growler Station” with 12 taps that highlight Washington-brewed craft beers.

Wish I could make that one! It would take me months though to thoroughly enjoy it!

Pints For Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational

Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational Announces Beers
Inaugural Event Celebrates America’s Favorite Beer Style 

PORTLAND, OREGON – The beer lineup for the inaugural Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational has been released. The event will be held on July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore.

“Our goal was to create an event to celebrate the allure, complexity and flavors of pale ale, while raising awareness about an important men’s health issue,” said Rick Lyke, a drinks journalist and prostate cancer survivor. Lyke founded Pints for Prostates in 2008 after successful prostate cancer surgery. “Thanks to the help of 24 great breweries we have been able to put together a very special beer tasting.”

The tasting event features pale ales from a dozen Oregon breweries and a dozen breweries from around the globe. Presented by Beer West magazine in conjunction with the Oregon Brewers Festival, the event benefits the Pints for Prostates campaign, which reaches men through the universal language of beer with a message about the importance of early detection.

Tickets for the Portland Pale Ale Invitational are $30 and are available online at . All net proceeds support the mission of the Pints for Prostates campaign. Only 500 tickets for this special event will be sold.

“We are excited about the brewers that have agreed to take part and the world class pale ales they will be pouring. Beer fans will get the chance to try a wide variety of pale ale styles in a single session,” said Megan Flynn, publisher and editor-in-chief of Beer West magazine.  “Pale ales have become America’s favorite type of craft beer. This event salutes the passion brewers and beer drinkers have for pale ale.”

Beers that are scheduled to be poured at the event include:

·        Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·        Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing, Ashland, Ore.;
·        Portland Ale from Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·        Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.;
·        Bogart NW IPA from Fire Mountain Brew House,  Carlton, Ore.;
·        Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.;
·        Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore.;
·        Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale from Lompoc Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·        MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale from MacTarnahan's Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·        Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand;
·        White Hatter, Black Hatter, Oaked Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter & Rye Hatter from New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.;
·        Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, Ore.;
·        Ghost Hop White IPA from NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.;
·        Wooden Elephant Barrel Aged IPA from Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.;
·        Protector Pale Ale for Oregon Brew Crew (homebrewers) from Portland, Ore.; 
·        Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.;
·        Flipside Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif.;
·        Clear Creek Pale Ale from Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, Wash.;
·        Snake River Pale Ale and Pako’s IPA from Snake River Brewery, Jackson Hole, Wyo.;
·        Barley Legal Pale Ale from Southern Oregon Brewing, Medford, Ore.;
·        Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.;
·        Hophead Double IPA from Tree Brewing, Kelowna, British Columbia;
·        5-South Pale Ale from 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, Calif.;
·        Wells Bombardier Ale from Wells & Young’s, Bedford, United Kingdom.

“This year marks the 25th annual Oregon Brewers Festival so we are proud to be able to help support Pints for Prostates by making our venue available for the Portland Pale Ale Invitational on the eve of our silver anniversary,” said Art Larrance, one of the founders of the Oregon Brewers Festival.  “The Oregon Brewers Festival is already one of the world’s biggest beer events and the Portland Pale Ale Invitational is another reason for people to visit and enjoy great craft beer.”

Judges at the Great American Beer Festival award medals in seven different pale ale categories. Pale ale categories attract the most entries and are the hottest contested.

“Men are 33 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than women are to have breast cancer, yet few men know about the critical importance of early detection,” Lyke said. “The support of Beer West magazine, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the two dozen great craft brewers donating beer for the event will help us reach an audience that needs to hear our message.”

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 240,890 new prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2011. More information is available at Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

About Beer West Magazine
Founded in 2007, Beer Northwest has grown to become the leading beer culture and lifestyle magazine in the Northwest. In January 2011, the magazine expanded into California and became Beer West. The magazine covers the thriving West Coast beer market and is the only regional publication of its kind. Beer West has more than doubled its circulation and visibility in the past year, with a focused readership of 80,000 beer and food enthusiasts. Beer West is a celebration of the unique Western beer-loving life.

About the Oregon Brewers Festival
The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation's longest running and best loved craft beer festivals. Situated on the west bank of the Willamette River, with towering Mt. Hood as a backdrop, it is the ideal venue for anyone who loves craft beer. With a laid back attitude and scores of award-winning beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of Portland, and is the crowning jewel of Oregon Craft Beer Month. The OBF was at the forefront of exposing craft beers to the public. A total of 84 craft breweries from all parts of the nation will serve more than 30 beer styles to nearly 80,000 beer lovers from around the world. Another 50 specialty beers will be available for tastes in the Buzz Tent.

MacTarnahan's Releases Full Bloom Lager

Malts: Pilsner, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Mt Hood, Sterling
Bitternes: 35 IBU
Alcohol By Volume: 6.3%
Availability: June-August
With beginnings reminiscent of a Bohemian pilsner, this bountiful craft lager is a refreshingly hoppy Northwest experience.

Sounds tasty and sessionable to me even being at 6.3% ABV. Anyone try this one yet? What do you think?

Wednesday, June 20

Full Sail Brewing Company Celebrates its Employee Owners With A New Brewer’s Share Beer

 Introducing Chris’s Summer Delight Berliner Weiss

Hood River, Or – Full Sail Brewing is proud to announce the release of a new beer in their Brewer’s Share Series - Chris’s Summer Delight, developed by Brewer Chris Haveman.  In 2008 Full Sail Brewing created their small batch Brewer’s Share series as an opportunity for each of their individual brewers to express their creations to be shared on tap exclusively in their pub. Since their crew came up with so many great beers, they decided to share a selection of them with beer lovers everywhere. The beer will be released in 22oz. bottles and on draft in June.
“As an independent and employee owned brewery, you know that we put our hearts and souls into every drop. With Brewer’s Share we’re proud to showcase the people behind our award winning brews by introducing our individual brewers by name and beer,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO and Founder.

When asked what the inspiration was for his beer Chris said simply “I love summer. When I found out that my beer was going to be brewed at the beginning of summer, I immediately thought of the perfect style, a Berliner Weiss. This is an easy drinking, unfiltered beer made with 50% wheat malt, a tiny amount of hersbruker hops and a touch of lactic acid to give it a refreshing tartness.” After careful and numerous tastings Chris’s beer was pronounced delicious. The beer is dry and crisp with a slight tartness and flashes of lemon. On a hot summer day this is the ultimate outdoor beer.  It is traditionally enjoyed in Berlin beer gardens with splash of sweet red berry syrup or a green herbal syrup that work well against the tart and acid flavors of the beer.  Try Chris’s beer at Full Sail’s Tasting Room & Pub with some of the syrups made from local fruits by our kitchen staff.  ABV 4%. IBU 9.

The inspiration for the name “Brewer’s Share” came from that mysterious portion that vanishes from a barrel during aging that brewers refer to as the “angel’s share,” and that led to “Brewer’s Share,” an equally mysterious offering that appears during inspiration. Brewer’s Share can also mean a unit of ownership, as in stock. Consider this program to be an Initial Pub Offering (IPO). Whenever you purchase a Brewer’s Share you get a unit of ownership – one share of the batch. As a shareholder you have the right to consume the beverage. In doing so you will also be investing in the public good – as each brewer not only chooses the recipe, they choose a local charity or organization that will benefit from each bottle sold – Which can bring an excellent return on ingestion (ROI).

With each Brewer’s Share series beer, Full Sail picks a local charity or organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Chris has chosen to support the Oregon State University Brewing Sciences Program, from which Chris is an alumnus. The program is one of the few in the nation that studies all aspects of producing beer, wine, and fermented foods.

Full Sail’s Brewer’s Share small batch offerings will be available in 22oz. bottles and on draft.  The other beers in the 2012 line-up include Extra Special Barney (ESB), Phil’s Existential Alt and Big Daddy J’s Malt Liquor. Full Sail will release one Brewer’s Share at a time and a new beer will be released for each season.

Tuesday, June 19

Beer Review: Northern Ales Smoked NorthPorter

I don't have much info on this brewery other than its website and location. And also a story of how I obtained this 12 oz. bottle.

I ran into a past customer, and new found beer bud in Washougal, WA at A Beer At A Time. He literally took off back to his home to grab me this beer to try and review. I was thoroughly impressed and thankful for him doing that. He stated he really liked the beer and brewer, and hit the joint up when traveling out that way. Cheers Joey! And thank you.

12 oz. bottle, no date or abv stated. BeerAdvocate states 6% ABV.

Appearance: (4.0)
- This is a super dark porter, can't see through it at all in my standard pint glass. Nice light mocha finger of viscous head settled to a large lace and thin bubbly layer over the brew. A nice dark and pretty porter. What I would expect.

Smell: (4.5)
- Perfect balance of chocolate malt, roasty light coffee character, and a lovely light salty smoke. Really a nice earthy woody aroma. Smells like a sessionable smoked porter. Solid as can be. Impressed.

Taste: (4.5)
- I said wow to myself out loud. Clean and crisp porter with just the right light smoke flavors. Crisp bitter grassy hop and perfectly balanced with a subtle chocolate and roasted dark malt. The smoke isn't at all too heavy, and compliments this solid porter perfectly. This is seriously a killer porter.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Nice medium body, perfect dryness from the bittering hops, and perfectly carbonated. This is how a porter should feel. It's a bit chewy and only a tad chalky as its malt should deliver such.

Overall: (4.0)
- Really impressed. Not because it was a freebie, or because I am doing some sort of favor......  this is just a really killer and lightly smoked sessionable porter. It's balance and bitter hop is perfect for my taste. I usually like porters to not have much of a hop profile, but being a smoked porter, it fits it just right. Super good. Now I think I must do some trades for more offerings from this brewer.

4.38/5  rDev +50%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
( Rating Scale)

50% above the other reviewers!!!  Never have I seen such a thing after a live review. They are either out of their minds, or this brewer just really perfected the beer. I wonder what they were thinking. Anyone else love this beer as much as I?

Monday, June 18

Laurelwood Wine Tastings: Vino In The Village

Local restaurants pairing with local wineries for an evening of wine, food and fun! Join us at Battle Ground Village for 4 special pairing dates! Every 3rd Tuesday, 5-8pm, June 19, July 17, August 21, and September 18.

Enjoy four evenings of wine tasting and delicious bites while walking through the quaint shops at BG Village. Each Restaurant will be participating at every event.

Wine & Food Pairings
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery & Rusty Grape Winery
Pasta Gigi's & English Estate Winery
Bone's Steakhouse & Heisen House Vineyards, Confluence Vineyard & Winery
The Coachmen & Gouger Cellars and Winery

Souvenir wine glass included with deal. Bring your glass with you to future tastings and receive extra raffle tickets! A percentage of the proceeds will be given to local charities. 
Laurelwood Brewing Public House in Battle Ground WA

Beer Review: Epic Brewing Imperial IPA (Exponential Series #17)

Imperial IPA Release #17

Brewed on March 3, 2012. Packaged on April 11, 2012.

The hop bomb is back! Piney, resinous and slightly sticky on the tongue with refreshing bitterness and good malt sweetness give way to an almost refreshing finish due to lighter alcohol. The sweet piney hop aromas from Centennial in the hopback and CTZ in the dry hop reminds one of a dense forest in the Pacific Northwest.

The Malts

Premium Briess American 2-row malt and Briess carapils.

The Hops

Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial in the boil finished with Columbus for aroma and Centennial in the hopback. Amarillo and Columbus in the dry hop.
ABV 8.7%


For one, I love their releases and how they categorize them on their website. They often tweak them a little and experiment with various ingredients. I loved their Santa Cruz brown ale, let's see how this fairs!

Appearance: (4.0)
- I like the golden straw yellow color  when pouring. Nice frothy white foam with big bubbles settles quickly to a big bubbly and lace ridden mess. Looks great. The brew is rather cloudy, and there is certainly a lot of chunky yeast sediment suspended in the brew. For me, yeast sediment is a negative as I like most beers filtered...  at least the big chunks. Yeast in that amount can wreak havoc a day after drinking the beer. Don't even get me started on brett.. though I love the beers too much. 

Smell: (4.0)
- Kind of a tart and fruity IPA. Grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind. Aceto is the next, though not so sure that is what it is. Light sweet malt presence, some bready grassiness, some mild caramel. Overall not too bad.

Taste: (4.0)
- Lovely citrus and grapefruit hop flavors. Fruit and glorious hops with a nice grassy and earthy bitter hop. The malt agenda seems pretty basic, but is nice in that it isn't some sweet and loaded with caramel. It's a nice balanced light sweetness with some good bready and yeast character to it. Solid and certainly hop forward. Still though, can't tell if it is the abundant use of hops, or perhaps a slight aceto 'early-pull' type flavor going on. Certainly some pine for sure.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice chewy medium bodied brew which is perfectly carbonated and a touch drying from the bittering. Overall easy to drink, and a touch chalky though from the mad yeast. 

Overall: (3.5)
- Solid grapefruit and citrus character..  nice bready notes with a malt that isn't overly sweet. Only beef is perhaps an 'aceto-like' flavor hidden far in the back, and the serious chunks of yeast all over in this brew. It would be even better if the yeast would just settle in the glass, but it doesn't. It's like snow in a photograph.

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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Sunday, June 17

Beer Review: New Belgium/The Lost Abbey Brett Beer (Lips Of Faith Series)

The best part of collaboration is discovering mutual passions.  With Lost Abbey it was the wild  yeast strain Brettanomyces.  Using Belgian inspiration, we fermented the beer with brett to bring out tropical fruit notes, crisp haziness and bright flavor.  A touch of fruity sorachi ace hops pleases the palette and entices frequent sips.
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft

7.5% ABV 


 Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice light colored straw yellow pale beer. Big fingers of fluffy white head settle with bubbly lace all over the glass, and a scattered blanket of messy viscous foam. Quite the pretty beer, and yet simple, like a standard 2-row pale with some great yeasts.

Smell: (3.5)
- Very simple bready 2-row malt aroma. Thick oat-like biscuit aroma, and an almost berliner weisse funk to it. Some earthy and grassy notes, but those are very light. Really just a nice funk to what seems to be a simple malt beer.

Taste: (3.0)
- Interesting wheat and malt presence. Slightly sweet grain, corn..  almost like creamed corn. Subtle dry brett flavors, and some earthy spice. Overall kind of interesting. Perhaps some much better brett flavors would shine after some time in the bottle.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice creamy medium body, well carbonated. It's a touch dry, and certainly very chewy. The brett does lend it some dry character. Easy on the palate.

Overall: (3.0)
- This just needs the brett to do a little more magic. For now, the beer seems like a 2-row pale malt beer brewed with corn and Belgian yeast. Overall the flavor just isn't there, nor any prominent hop presence. Perhaps after a year, there will be some more funk and brett character. For now, it's not all that.

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
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Beer Review: New Belgium/Elysian Brewing Trip Series Farmhouse Ale

What’s this Trip about?
Described as an artisanal collaboration, New Belgium and Elysian are brewing limited small batches together. We’ve described this adventure as The Trip Series. By joining, we have the ability to increase efficiency, encourage creative experimentation, and take a trip into the future of American craft brewing. The Trip beers will only be available in draft and 22oz bottles in the Northwest states....
Brewed with Rosemary & Sage, 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pretty standard looking ale. A light copper brew, only slightly cloudy. Quick fizzling finger of white head which leaves a medium ring around the glass, and some scattered thin islands. Pretty simple and average.

Smell: (3.5)
- Loverly herbal aromas from the sage and rosemary. Earthy, grassy, and quite floral. Not much as far as malt sweetness, just a bit bready and tart.

Taste: (3.0)
- Pretty heavy malt sweetness, some brown sugars, candy sugar, and a slight hopping which is grassy and earthy. Big sage flavor and rosemary as well. Almost a bit too sweet for me, not bready and biscuit-like enough, and a little too heavy on the herbs.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Slightly drying, well carbonated medium bodied brew. Almost too carbonated. Bit chewy as well, and in a way kind of hard to drink.

Overall: (3.0)
- This beer for me just really isn't that good. I've had my share of farmhouse ales, and this just doesn't come that close to what I think the style should be. Too heavy on the herbal notes, and still overly sweet. For me, I think the yeast should destroy most of the sugars in its flavor.

3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
( Rating Scale)

Saturday, June 16

Beer Review: Stone Brewing 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

10.8% ABV, 110 IBUs

About the beer

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA was created as an homage to the almighty hop. As the celebrated Stone Ruination IPA approached its 10th birthday this June, we knew we had to do something special, so we cranked it up from 7.7% to 10.8% and used twice as much hops–a whopping 5 pounds per barrel, including a pound each of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop. The results were GLORIOUS, but don't take our word for it. The only people more bitter than those who don't get any... will be those who do.

Here it goes. A big beer in a big glass. The way it should be!

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice dark copper brew, mostly clear with only the slightest haze. Big fluffy ruination-like bubbly head foams up to a couple of fingers, and then settles to a spotty misc-bubble mess with lace all about the glass, and a blanket of foamy bubbly madness over the madness.

Smell: (4.0)
- Big citrus sweet hops. Dank dank fruity hops with a caramel roast. I think this beer is so big that the aromas are too much for itself. Nice sharp hop with a lovely spice. Almost burning the nose hairs with hops. Big caramel sweetness, bready and biscuit, and concentrated hop madness. Madness is the key word here.

Taste: (4.0)
- Wonderful blend of malts, bready character, severe aroma hops...  big citrus, spice, apple, grapefruit, zesty pine, grassy earth, and overall caramel sweetness. Surprisingly this has been done very well for such a big hitter. Hardly any alcohol flavors tho speak of. Truly a masterpiece.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice heavy body, not overly creamy at all though, and chewy as all get out. Nice dry bitterness without an overly sticky sweet aspect. I am amazed at the feel only because such big double IPA's are usually so sticky and cloyingly sweet. Not this bad boy. 

Overall: (4.5)
- I am already buzzing pretty good just from the lovely 'after-warmth' of just a few small pulls from this beer for this review. It's still relatively balanced for such a heavy number, while not showcasing any hard and sharp alcohol flavors. The body is great, the feel is great, and it is quite drinkable. This might be one of the better double IPA's as of late. As if the regular Ruination wasn't already?

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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Beer Review: Epic Brewing Santa Cruz Brown Ale (Exponential Series)

Santa Cruz Brown Ale Release #2

Brewed January, 2012. Packaged on March 1, 2012.

Same grain bill more hops.

The Malts

Muntons Maris Otter, Briess 2-Row Chocolate Malt, Briess Munich Malt, Briess 2-Row Carapils, Weyermann CaraMunich II.

The Hops

In the boil: Nugget, Cascade and Centennial
Hopback: Apollo.
ABV 6.8%


I've been on a bit of a brown ale kick lately, because of the 10 Barrel Oregon Brown which I really liked. Let's give this one a shot eh?

Appearance: (4.5)
- This is a nice dark molasses brown brew, cloudy, can't really see through it in my imperial pint glass. Big fluffy tan head slowly settled to a thick layer of fluffy and foamy goodness all about. Big lace, and lasting head. 

Smell: (4.0)
- Nice bready malts. Sweet caramel, molasses, light sugars, and a lot of yummy malts. Certainly a nice bitter grassy pine hop, like fresh cut grass.Slight roasted sugar aroma, like a toffee. Overall quite a nice and subdued aroma.

Taste: (4.5)
- This is one hell of a good tasting beer. Perfect balance with malts. Very bready, and only slightly sweet. Great roasted sugars, light toffee, pine and some citrus hops hiding in balance. This is just as solid as can be. Love it. 

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice full body without any sticky syrupy feel from what would be an overly sweet beer. The yeast has done its work with this beer, and very well. It's a tad chalky overall, but well carbonated, and super smooth and lightly creamy. 

Overall: (4.5)
- This is a beer that shows that somebody knows what they are doing. This is damn tasty, easy to drink, and is one I will certainly buy again if I can. Unfortunately it is a rare release I guess. Get it if you can. It's smoothness and balance will blow your mind.

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5\
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Friday, June 15

Migration Brewing Cluster Fuggle Fest & Also Kanungu Book Project

Kanungu Book Project 
Raising Money for Children    

Migration is proud to host the The Kanungu Book Project and help support their campaign to raise $6,000 in order to provide textbooks, modest library amenities, teacher training and monitoring for the Kanungu Primary School in Uganda.

The event will be on Saturday, 6/23 starting at 2pm. We'll have a cornhole tournament set up with a donation buy in, plus prizes for the winners.  This is a great cause run by students in the Community Development program at Portland State University and PSU professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Dr. Richard White.

For more info on the program and how to donate:
Kanungu Project 
Cluster Fuggle Fest
6 Breweries, 6 Beers  

The month of July is Oregon Craft Beer month and to help celebrate we're throwing a Cluster Fuggle Fest Saturday, 7/21 starting at 2pm.
  Joining in on the fun will be Burnside, Breakside, Lucky Lab, Lompoc and Pints Breweries. 

There will be live music and everybody will be bringing their own unique beers showcasing the use of Cluster and Fuggle hops in what is sure to be an epic party!

So mark your calendars for Saturday, July 21st and come celebrate Oregon Craft Beer!

Tuesday, June 12

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

When it came time to brew Bottleworks' 13th anniversary beer, we turned to Stone to brew this behemoth. "The Matts" traveled down to San Diego in December to help create this 13-hop, 13-grain monument to our 13 years of selling great craft beer!

13 Grains

Pale 2-R • White Wheat • Aromatic • Weyermann Chocolate Rye • Light Munich • Brown Crisp • Oats • Crisp Light Crystal • Caramunich • Baird's Chocolate • Lightly Peated • Simpsons Dark Crystal • Crisp Amber

13 Hops

Bravo • Target • Columbus • Cascade • Delta • Warrior • Magnum • Apollo • Calypso • Perle • Galena • Chinook • Mt. Hood 


Appearance: (4.5)
- Wonderful dark rootbeer brown with a couple fingers of viscous light mocha colored head that slowly has settled to a messy bubbly lace-making froth and thick island over the brew. Like a frothy shake. Certainly a pretty beer. 

Smell: (3.5)
- Lots of esters and creamy dark smoky and earthy grains. A husky dark brew. Smells of light salts, peat, raisins, fig, alcohol, and a mess of herbal and grassy hops.

Taste: (3.5)
- Huge bitterness pine, grass, and earthy hops. Lots of them. The grain is a big tossup of smoke, chocolate, caramel, peated malts, and sweat husky bready grain overall. Quite the interesting mix. Some strong alcohol is present, and unfortunately an off  band-aid-like flavor which is usually due to chlorine in the water. Perhaps that isn't it, but the medicinal off flavor is there.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a rather heavy bodied and chewy brew. Quite drying and cloying, and sweet without really being sticky and syrupy. Stone has always been very good with their sweetness levels being rather low in feel. Well carbonated.

Overall: (3.5)
- Overall this beer could be a lot better if it didn't have the off flavors. I feel it could be refined a little more. It's use of bittering hops is huge which is nice, and overall it could be a huge balanced well aging beer. Just not quite there for me.

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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Monday, June 11

Vancouver's First Ever Outdoor Beer Fest "Who's Your Daddy"

"We're getting close to the VERY FIRST outdoor craft beer festival in Vancouver, WA!  Bring your friends, neighbors, fathers and strangers!  Full of hops, dads, beer enthusiasts, tin foil hats, Adam's Rib, and YOU!  

On Saturday, June 16th, we are proud to present the third annual Who's Your Daddy event, a beer festival taking place in Turtle Place in beautiful downtown Vancouver.  All proceeds will benefit CDM services, a local nonprofit providing in-home care to those in need.  

We are very excited to announce that you will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets up until the day before the festival!  If you prepay, you will pay less ($12 instead of $15) so get online and buy your tickets! You may pay at the festival gate, BUT, we are only able to accept cash. 
We do want to remind you that as Who's Your Daddy is the same weekend as the Vancouver USA Marathon, not to mention Farmer's Market, parking will be sparse- we request that you carpool, take public transit, or walk!  For those of you that will be biking, we are working on having some bike racks available to lock your bike to.  
Designated drivers have a reduced admission of $5, and free water and soda will be available for them. Designated drivers  will not be allowed to partake in any drinking whatsoever. If a designated driver is caught imbibing (even the smallest taste), their entire party will be asked to leave the festival.  We appreciate your understanding and expect cooperation, thanks."

Noon - 9pm

Purchase your tickets here:

Laurelwood Tasting At Brewligan's

This Thursday, Laurelwood Brewing will be at Brewligan's from 7-9pm. I am not too sure what beers will be tapped, but I am guessing it will be a tap takeover. I'll be stopping by there as well for the event. Also some good grub is available at Brewligan's.

275 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon.

Sunday, June 10

Beer Review: Black Diamond Brewing Wheat Wacker IWA

"The dog days are back.  No more snow, maybe a light rain here or there, but the time to exit the hibernating hovel is now.  Allergies be damned, it's time to break out those shades and soak in the sun.  Whether your idea of enjoying the longer days include gardening, lawn work, or just plain relaxing, we offer for you the Wheat Wacker, light in body but hoppy enough to know that this isn't any normal lawnmower beer.

On the west coast, we are partial to our hoppy beers, but love to experiment in the Belgian fashion.  By combining the sessionability of a witbier and the citrus qualities of Pacific Northwest hops, it gratifies on all fronts, including the warm fronts.  Is it a Belgian IPA, not really; a hoppy wit, maybe? Perfect for the summer, we think so.

Pilsner and wheat malt give the beer a light golden color with a subtle hint of clove and fresh cut grass.  Blending European noble and Pacific Northwest hops, the flavor is moderately spicy and citrusy.  Dry hopped like an IPA, fruity apricot notes intermingle with Belgian Yeast esters.

Available in 22 oz bottles.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice rather clear bright copper and straw yellow session-looking brew. Fluffy quick bright white head settled to a bubbly ring and thin layer over the brew. Solid. 

Smell: (3.0)
- Kind of a roasted, caramel, wheat smacked madness with a touch of butter. Not so sure this is as it was meant to be. Certainly some diacetyl at play here. Which also doesn't usually occur if a bottle is even slightly old on the shelf, but rather pulled from the fermenter or bright tank too soon. Grassy and herbal hop notes, and a citrus finish. 

Taste: (3.0)
- Nice wheat malts, and light caramel sweetness. Little bready with a tangy wheat roast. Nice resinous bittering hop, earthy, grassy, but overall a toss up. Some slight issues with this one. Not so much butter in the taste, but more astringent. Light citrus in the hop. 

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This brew is well carbonated, and drinks well. It's a touch dry, and chewy. Medium body, slight creaminess, and is overall quite good as far as the feel goes. 

Overall: (3.5)
- If this brew was as clean and perfected as it was meant to be, it may have some super high marks. The early boil hopping is nice, and the wheat bill is heavy and well played, but just some slight imperfections kind of drew this beer down a notch or two. I can see where it's going though. 

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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Brewligan's Bottleshop & Taproom In Troutdale, OR

I made it a point this weekend to get out and hit a few places that I haven't been to before. Brewligan's showed up some months back on my radar, especially because I used to live nearby in Gresham, OR briefly because of work and girlfriend, both of which are in the past (though I still work for the same company, just now north in Vancouver, WA. The breakup on my part forced the move north, and I like to use the income tax savings as an excuse for the move).

I am all open ear's and eyes when I hear about a new small business serving fine craft beer. Especially in my neck of the woods here in the northwest. I finally made it out to Brewligan's today for an afternoon drive. I popped in to meet the owner, take a few pics, and see what the place was all about. John the owner was very cool, and had a lot of good things to say about the area, and breweries around the parts, and his old stomping grounds. We had something in common. I gave him a few of my business cards, and told him what my blog was all about. Pure grassroots craft beer advocacy.

The joint is off 257th down the little business strip which is dubbed "Troutdale's Entrance To The Gorge" or something along those lines. It's a nice little business strip if you plan on a nice drive through the gorge on the Oregon side via the old Columbia River Hwy.

I took a few pics outside, and then walked in. It took me a couple tries to find a comfortable seat, but alas, I had found one. The place was pretty slow (as expected for being a Sunday, and about 3:00pm when I showed). If I am checking a place out, I don't want it to be during a mad brewers bash or tasting event. I ordered a White Wit brew from Maui which I hadn't tried, and was pleasantly surprised by it. It is a sunny day, and the beer hit the spot. It was quite good.

I talked a little with John, and we chatted a bit about other business which are alike, and he spoke highly of a lot of other smaller establishments that I hadn't even heard of yet. I try to keep up on everything, but it is pretty difficult, not being employed by,  or a part of the industry.

Some locals, buds, and regulars showed up with a Nintendo 64 for a Super Mario Kart tournament which they hooked up right behind the bar on a flatscreen TV. I thought that was pretty rad, since that was a game I played very often back in my post-high school days. I told them they should have a James Bond Goldeneye tournament so I could bust in there and smoke all their asses'!

The bottle selection was small, but finely chosen. John expressed his concern with keeping beers fresh and to-date. I like that. I find that to be very important for a bottleshop. After all, where in Troutdale can one get such great bottles? I think it's a nice spot. A hidden gem really.

There are 5 beers on tap, and John expressed to me that they often have Boneyard's Imperial IPA Hop Venom on tap. He goes through them quick because he often has a special growler fill price of $11 for it. That is pretty much unheard of in most places. So the kegs go fast. He does however keep a nice selection on tap of heavier beers, and light for just having 5 taps. I like that.

The joint was comfortable, and had a "living room-like" atmosphere which was chill, unique, and overall pretty cool. It's nice to see someone create a cool niche in an area lacking some good craft beer options and taprooms.

I hope to limber up my N64 thumb, and get in there to share some good times, bust some ass, and have a killer beer again soon.

Check it out if you are on the road up to Mt. Hood, Hood River, or even on your way back west on I-84. It's just a simple shot off it. It's small, it's comfortable, and the people are great.

275 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon
We're Open:
Sunday: 12 - 8ish
Monday - Thursday: 3 - 10ish
Friday - Saturday: 12 - 10ish
If you're here were staying open!
Feel free to call us at 503-489-5919

Twitter: @Brewligans

Portland Beer & Cheese Fest

"The first annual Portland Beer & Cheese Festival takes place at The Commons Brewery and features a stunning cheese selection by champion cheesemonger Steve Jones of Cheese Bar fame and beers from the best regional brewers and free light snacks from Chop Butchery and Charcuterie. Tickets are $25 and include a tasting glass and punch card that gets you 10 different specifically chosen craft beer and cheese pairings."

The Commons Brewery
1810 SE 10th Ave. Unit E
Portland, OR 97214
June 17th, 1-6pm

Twitter: @CommonsBrewery

A Beer At A Time, In Washougal, WA

I work on the edge of Vancouver where it meets with Camas. Some of my coworkers live in Washougal and mentioned to me some time ago that a new bottleshop had opened out there. Of course these coworkers are not quite as into craft beer as I, so the enthusiasm wasn't quite there. After all, there are bottleshops closer to me, and Washougal is just a small town. What could they possibly offer? More recently I ran into, and met @BrewDad at another local bottleshop and taproom. He had just come back from A Beer At A Time and was very enthusiastic about his visit there. He mentioned that they became a taproom more recently, and really have come a long way. So I told myself I would certainly be going to check the place out within the next week or two. I went yesterday. I planned on taking a few pics, doing a nice little writeup, having a beer, and then coming home. I ended up staying there for nearly 5 hours, and had a few beers.

I set my navigation on my phone to get there, and once off Hwy. 14 and up 32nd a ways, I took a left on Evergreen Way (E st. connects) and drove right past the place which was just sitting there on the left. I turned around, and looked more closely and saw the signs in and on the windows. It was too easy to find the location, but more difficult to spot the building. I then learned as I entered the place that they share the space with a liquor store.

I entered, sat down at the bar, and introduced myself as a local craft beer advocate and blogger, and gave them a few of my cards. I was greeted instantly by both owners, Shelby Piersol (Owner/Operating Manager), and Leigh Piersol (Owner/ Senior Buyer). Yes, a husband and wife team!

The staff had great beer knowledge and were super friendly. Shelby was as kind as could be, and really created the atmosphere with her fantastic personality and humor although she is primarily responsible for the decorations and look of the establishment. She did a fantastic job with the feel and look of the taproom.

The bar was a large slab of redwood above a line of Jim Beam barrels. Very cool touch. The wall separating the taproom from the liquor store was a nice cedar planking that looked very nice. A large table made of the same redwood slabs ran down the entire center of the space with seating, and redwood slab ends made for some killer end tables along the wall where the bottle coolers weren't. The lighting were antlers turned into chandeliers. The antlers were all fallen antlers, no harm done to any wild beasts. The place looked very nice, woody, and small town-like. I really felt comfortable there from the start.

Behind the bar was a large tap menu, easy to read, and loaded with some fantastic brews. Last night as I was there, Shelby had just installed a nitro system as well, and tapped some Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing. It's not every day you get to enjoy some Old Raspy on nitro. I started with a new found favorite of mine, 10 Barrel Brewing's Oregon Brown, a nice hoppy full flavored brown ale.

There is about a 450 bottle selection as well, so there is certainly no shortage of good beers to bring home after a pint either!

Other patrons started popping in, and even a past customer of mine from work sat down right next to me and we hit off some good conversation regarding beer and all else. Met a couple new friends to my left that were great company for the remainder of the night as well. I can't tell you how cool the atmosphere was, and how the place just felt like home right out the gate. It was like I had been going there for ages. The customers were great, the staff were great, and the small town feel was truly perfect for the experience. I made more friends there that night, and had some fantastic conversation that went on for hours.

I also later had a pale ale, a couple tasters of other beers, and even a Fearless Scottish which I hadn't had in a long time. It was a nice big friendly pour as well. My past customer bought a pizza from a joint right next door, they brought it right over, and I even enjoyed dinner which had been shared with many there. That was pretty damn cool. This guy even drove home quickly to bring me a bottle of Smoked Porter from Northern Ales out of Kettle Falls, WA which I haven't had or tried before. How cool and kind is that? That is the kind of people in this place both customers and workers. I was humbled and really felt all warm and fuzzy inside, and not just from drinking the beer.

Talk of a cask engine was certain, and also adding awnings and better signage out front to make the place more noticeable from the street. Also Leigh discussed moving the site to another spot closer to Hwy. 14 where much more outdoor seating could be available as well as some outdoor games like horseshoes and cornhole.

I will say, I am certainly going back again and again. It doesn't get much better than that. I really had a great time, and the place was certainly much more friendly than many other establishments of its type. I can't say enough how friendly they all were there. Shelby and Leigh have a vision, have really followed through with it, and will continue to. I know they will be very successful.

After all, it only takes A Beer At A Time to convert the masses, even in a smaller town like Washougal, WA. Get in there and make a trip of it when out hiking, boating, or just driving. You won't be disappointed!

A Beer At A Time
2926 E St.
Washougal WA

Sun 11-6p
Mon-Thur. 10-8
Fri. & Sat. 10-11p

Facebook: ABeerAtATime
Twitter: @ABeerAtATime