So, I took a long weekend from work so I could attend a couple of different events. Well, that and I recently had oral surgery and needed to do a followup, but that didn’t stop me from trying some new beers.
My first stop of the weekend was at the Oregon Brewer’s Festival in downtown Portland. Myself and Mike, my (hopefully) trusted sidekick went on Saturday before the crowds got too crazy. We had a great time trying some new beers, grabbing not only quite a few tasters, but also a couple of full glasses.
The first beer we tried was from Y.Market. They had a beer called the Yellow Sky Pale Ale that we were only allowed to get a taster of. Since they were in the international garden, I could see why. If they let us get full glasses, we might have finished them off, as this was a pretty fulfilling pale ale.
We tried beers from Three Creeks Brewing (Berry Infused Five Pine Chocolate Porter). I’ve never been a huge fan of Porters, but I do have to say that the berries and chocolate made up for this being a heavy beer. I ventured into the Rogue Ales Habanero Cherry Imperial Golden Ale, and I’m hoping they put this on tap at the Alehouse. I’d go buy a pint right now if they have it there. If you like spicy kicks and are interested in concept beers, please seek this out if it’s available.
The winner of the day went to the Licensed to Kill IPA from Rusty Truck Brewing. I’m glad we got there when we did, because if we would have waited, I don’t think we would have gotten any. The line for this beer was long, and rightfully so. If we could give away an award, this would be the beer to get it. The right combination of hoppy and bitter, this brew was worthy of a Best In Show award.
While we tried many of the experimental beers such as the Lemon Curd ESB, The Nancy Cherrygan, and of course the Kentucky Refresh-Mint. I can’t say I was a fan of them all, but the first two were pretty good. The last one felt like I was drinking mouthwash, unfortunately. Good for an experiment, not good for every day drinking.
I can’t leave without mentioning the Brewery Night at Safeco Field’s Outside Corner. Monday night was my 3rd Mariners game of the season and while we ended up losing, it was still a lot of fun. I met the guys from Schooner Exact and tried their excellent Lambic. A sour beer made with raspberry could quickly become my favorite. I will definitely be looking for it again. There was a beer called the Disco Lemonade that I definitely have to try again. The shoutout goes to Ghostfish Brewing and their work with gluten-free beers. My wife almost killed her glass of the India Red Ale, and she doesn’t drink beer. As for me, the winner of the night was the Sumerian Brewing Eruption Double IPA. I wish I could find it on tap somewhere near me. I’d probably waste much money on filling my growlers.
All in all, it was a great weekend, a fun game, and a great way to get ready for the Vancouver Brewfest coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to the new beers I get to try, and am hoping to find some real diamonds in the rough that I can share with you.