Brewers Gone Wild
Old Town Brewing is quickly becoming a buzzworthy brewery. When we moved into our place in North Portland some four years ago, it was just a basic pizza and beer joint. The Kolsch and IPA – an English styled brew – won an award or two. Nothing flashy, nothing wacky.
In the two years since we moved west, they’ve gone off the rails. Fruit beers, sours, green tea lemonade, and a ton of hazy IPA. And it all comes with the wit and charm of Joe Sanders, Old Town’s Instagramming pitchman.
The latest Old Town beer is Amazonia, a wild hazy IPA with it’s own Planet Earth segment. It’s fun. It’s silly. And the beer is really great, too. It starts out with the usual tropical faff, papayas and whatnot, but then makes a turn into the evergreens, with notes of juniper and pine. The combination of fruity Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops with classics like Nugget and Cascade adds extra depth and complexity. The fluffy body and the dull haze are nice too I guess, but the bitte bite on the finish is what really makes the beer great. It’s that dry snap that really makes it worth drinking more.
Beer mail from Germany! Please visit www.youtube.com/realaleguide and subscribe for these beer reviews in the next few weeks.
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@watneysbeer has just landed! Check out the unboxing, reviews will be live very soon on our channel www.youtube.com/realaleguide
#WatneysBeer #Watneys #Craftbeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #WatneysSlapstickDoubleIPA #SlapStickDoubleIPA #WatneysSlapStick #SlapStick (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)
I’ve been reading Brewing Local, Stan Heironymus’s latest book – almost two years old now but still relevant and amazing. He visited breweries all over the United States that are making what can only be called indigenous beer styles. Hieronymus – the living beer writer, not the dead Greek guy – explores forgotten American beer styles like Kentucky Common, Steam Beer, and Albany Cream Ale, styles of beer that no one’s tasted in generations. And we get a snapshot of how a new cohort of brewers is creating regional beer again.
It’s a great book, and it has me looking more for beers that could be made nowhere else. I decided it was time to open another bottle from Ale Apothecary, the brewery I thought best represented Oregon in bottled form. Ale Apothecary makes simple beers from Oregon ingredients. Locally grown and malted barley from Mecca Grade in Madras. Cascade hops from Goschie Farms in Silverton. And a blend of yeasts and bacteria from the air around Bend. If anything tastes like the Oregon high desert, it should be this beer.
But it just tastes like oranges. I mean, It tastes delicious, don’t get me wrong. It’s bursting with citrus fruit flavor – fresh orange juice, a squeeze of lime. The acidity is subtle but adds a nice sharpness. The wild yeast has been tamed into a whisper – no funky feet stank. The carbonation is creamy and the body is full. It’s really well balanced. It’s an amazing, amazing beer.
But it doesn’t taste like Bend to me. It doesn’t bring to mind a wood beamed garage on the edge of town. It doesn’t taste like doug fir and sagebrush. But I’ve never been to Ale Apothecary. What do I know? Maybe it’s not surrounded by old growth forests and fresh mountain spring water. Maybe it’s on an orchard. A delicious citrus orchard. Too bad all the branding emphasizes pine trees.
We just dropped a brand new video to our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/realaleguide, filmed at the Bergen Beer Festival 2018
#Craftbeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #BeerPorn #bergenbeerfestival #Bergen (at Cadoxton, Vale Of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)
Being interviewed by the Press for the YouTube Welsh Creators Event 2018 #Youtube #YoutubeWelshCreatorsEvent #YoutubeWelshCreators #CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer (at Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff)
Mashing in our Brut IPA in Bergen Norway, with Lysefjorden Mikrobryggeri
#LysefjordenMikrobryggeri #Lysefjorden #BrutIPA #MashingIn #Craftbeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #BeerPorn #Bergen (at Lysefjorden Mikrobryggeri)
“Stone The Crows” at the @nogneo bar at the @bergenolfestival
#nøgneø #Craftbeer #DarkHorizon #RealAle #Ale #Beer #BeerPorn (at Bergen, Norway)
Really pleased Hoppy Simon has come in at Number 9 so far at the Bergen Beer Festival out out hundreds of beers, if you like the beer on Untappd and want to rate it higher we won’t complain 😆 #CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #BeerPorn #HoppySimon (at Bergen, Hordaland)
Drinking @nogneo Dark Horizon Number 1!!! A Coffee Imperial Stout at 16% abv which is 12 years old.
#nøgneø #DarkHorizon #CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #BeerPorn #nøgneøDarjHorizon (at Bergen, Norway)