Long time no blog. I’m cool with that. It’s been busy. The brewery is coming along nicely and this week the bar is going to be put in! Looking pretty meaty and industrial. Can’t wait to put an elbow on it and share a cold froth. We’re looking at some pretty sexy 12 tap systems at the moment, so we better start thinking of some new brews to punch out! Speaking of which! Our new IIPA is due at the end of March (and in CANIMALS!!!) and the Manhattan V.2 is being launched at Foresters Hall on March 11 upstairs! Going to be a top hat and mustache dress theme!
Anyways, it was brought to my attention today that I forgot to write the second half of our USA brew trip from last year! Here is a brief on the wheres and brews etc.
On the way here we went through Crater Lake! Amazing scenery and they had the stupidest amazing selection of craft beer in the snackshop/info centre there. It was a real sign of pride! Great to see!
We left there and went through some more amazing places to arrive at Grants Pass (GP). Our cool AirBnB host lent/gave us a few growlers to go fill up at The Haul, a local gastropub. So, we did. Blood OJ IPA, thank you very much! We sat out on his balcony and watched the sun set of the Rogue river. Yep, cool. It was about 40 degrees outside but that didn’t stop the fireworks sparkling over the sky… 4th of July!
After or before a few beers, we headed to Climate City Brewing for a burger and a beer. Again, super friendly locals asked us about our British accents. Beer was great and food average. A common phenomenon.
From GP we headed towards BEND!
I loved Bend! It had a great holiday vibe. A bit like Bright in the summer with a snow capped mountain in the background. There were a lot of younger people there too and 12 breweries! 10 barrel was a favorite with a bunch of great brews and tasty eats. I did a solo venture to the Bend Brewery and it had a 1980’s alpine vibe. Watched the women’s soccer and had a pint. Pretty relaxing local hangout. Deschutes was a let down. The beer was average and the service pretty uninterested. Shame. I really missed out on Boneyard and Crux, alas I feel I may be going back soon!
We cruised up to Portland and heard wild stories of gas stations that had 20 beer taps for growler fills. Mt Hood looked ridiculously big so we stopped a roadside tavern and had a feast. Fish and chips, apparently people drove 90 mins from Portland to eat it. It was fine… Oh, this place was one of the first that didn’t really have much craft beer. I was getting worried!
Never to mind! Portland was pretty hectic when we arrived! But we got to our awesome accomm and I suffered another average Deschutes from the mini bar. I did manage to find a pretty awesome coffee place around the corner however!
Highlights were Cascade Barrel Room and Hair of the Dog. Both absolute musts for beer lovers. HOTD had a $2500 beer that I eyed off plus a host of crazed barrel aged sours and imperials. Check them out on ratebeer… You will be jealous. Cascade had a stunning array of sours. I was pretty psyched!
There was a few more places on the way back that had some good beers, but these two were the stand outs. We did dinner with some friends at Fat Head’s, surprisingly good IPA! WE also did Deschutes and again, third time unlucky. The beer was really shabby, lifeless and dull. Done and dusted for me. Anyway, most of the beers were damn awesome!
Next time a trip to Pacific City I think is on the cards and a few more of the regional breweries would be better! Can’t wait to get back soon!
Stay tuned for more brewery news!