Petrus Aged Red - Brouwerij Bavik
Awful picture and awful beer. Its not often that I pick a bad beer, but again, this was just awful. I love the Petrus Aged Pale, nice and sour, refreshing. While all I could get out of this beer was an overly sweet cherry cold medicine aroma and taste. The cherry sweetness muffled everything else, especially the sourness. I strongly discourage anyone to waste money on this beer.
Wookie Jack Black Rye IPA - Firestone Walker
Went out for dinner with the girl and her parents when in Seattle. Celebrated her getting a job and me graduating college and sorta getting a job haha. First beer I went for was Wookie Jack. Firestone Walker is right about in line with Deschutes in my eyes, in terms of all the beers they put out are always solid. While at times I don’t like the style or the interpretation, you can never say the beer itself is actually bad. I have had Wookie Jack before and enjoyed it again.
Apologize for the awful picture.
Took the Amtrak back down to Portland from Seattle yesterday. I had some time to waste before my buddies flight got in, so of course it was time for some sour beer. I wandered my way over the Burnside bridge and down to Cascade. My picture taking started out well and then stopped completely once I got drinking and talking. I tried every Sour they had on tap I believe.
- Vlad the Imp Aler
- Chocolate Bourbonic Plaque
- Vintage Apricot ‘10
- Vintage Plum Rye ‘11
- Bourbon Honey Ginger Lime
- Habanero Honey Tamarind
- The Vine
A few beers in the Master Brewer Ron Gansberg sat down next to me and we started talking. Super friendly guy. We had a few beers and talked for probably 45 minutes or so, oddly enough 90% of that talking was about my work installing a flour mill in Oregon, and not on his beers. Very knowledgeable guy, not only about beer, but system flow, control systems, PID’s, PLC’s, problems to watch out for. Was a great conversation.
Hair of the Dog was the second and last stop before we headed to the airport. The first beer I had was Adam, which is one of my all time favorites. Whenever I see a bottle I snag one. This was my first time being at the brewery though, and it was even better. After Adam I had a sample of the rotating “from the wood” series. This time it was a soured beer blended with the second running’s small beer called Little Dog. Nicely tart, and refreshing.
Seven- Upright Brewing
I pretty much love everything from Upright. This did not disappoint. A solid 7% Saison. My buddy was flying out of Portland down to San Fran so I tagged along and went to see the girl up in Seattle. But first we had to get a few beers before his flight. We stopped in at The White Owl. Nice tap list, and cheap food during happy hour. Was a good start before we went to Hair of the Dog.
Class of ‘88 Barley wine, A collaboration between Deschutes, Rogue, and North Coast, who all started in 1988. Picked this up the other day for 8 bucks at the co-op. Seemed like a good deal. I am so use to barleywines that want to be big and bold. This one was very simple, not super complex, but didn’t taste like it was 10%. I am not sure many would love this, but I appreciated it for the simplicity.
Starting work in Oregon the right way. 2 hours after we arrived and we already found what we expect will be our “spot”. Good selection of taps, solid food, and friendly waitresses. Cant ask for much more.
Shitty pour by Em, but excellent beer. My favorite beer bar in Pullman had the Abyss ‘11 on tap. Bartender knew I was waiting for this one, he poured a sample for him and I right after he tapped it. Not that I needed a sample, but we both had to high five after taking the first sip. And then of course buy a pitcher. It was a good day.
Rocking it OG style, my wife’s last class is tomorrow
Congrats to her! It feels excellent to be done. I took my time getting to this point, but def worth it. My senior design company hired me on temporarily for a few months to manage an install In Oregon. Moving down on Sunday. My buddy who also got hired on and I are already planning a trip into Portland to have some fun!
I graduated last Saturday, and while it was only 10 AM, I decided a beer was needed so I could get through the commencement. So boring. I went right to one of my favorites. Avery’s Ellie Brown Ale. Love it.
Pretty happy with 3rd place for our Wine Barrel Flanders Red in the Seattle region. We bottled a few right from the barrel for this one. Still haven’t actually bottled the rest yet. Need to get on that.
Been a good end of the week. Finished College.. .almost. A few more hours of work but no finals. Got a temp engineering job in Oregon for the next month or two. And won first place at the Cascadian dark ale homebrew competition.