Caldera Brewing Company
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.25/5 rDev -23.3%
Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl white head.
Stays effervescent through out, pretty good lacing & good head retention ( 3.75)
S: Ginger & vegtal notes, vegtal fades as this warms (3.0)
T: Some ginger, faint graininess & again, a little ginger, plus metallic notes up front.
More ginger, a touch of honey,& grassiness as this warms, the vegtal drops out as this warms.
Finishes with ginger pepperiness , a little grassiness, & faint woody bitterness (3.25)
MF: Light bodied, fairly delicate carbonation . Thickens a bit once warm(3.5)
Drinks just okay, just not a good example of a Ginger Beer, makes Left Hand's offering seem
like nectar of the Gods (3.25)
08-15-2014 03:15:56 | More by russpowell
4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
Was in Medford for a work trip, and so made the short drive down to Ashland and the brewery on a Thursday night.
Located at the end of what looks like a short service road, the Brewery and pub are pretty decent size, with a good size dining area and bar area (straight back from the door when you come in). The pub has high ceilings, with the walls painted white. A sizeable bottle collection makes up most of the decorations inside, and the pub has a light and airy feel to it. There is one flat screen TV to the wall to your immediate left when you come in, which I gather is typically turned to some sporting event. The vibe is fairly low key and casual, and so I thought this a very nice place to hang out with a beer or three.
The range of beers on offer is pretty impressive at Caldera. Their website boasts that they typically have 37 bees on tap, and that was the exact number of beers they haad on tap today (plus a rootbeer they make and several ciders). While I can't say I was wowwed by anything I tried, the Mogli, Coconut porter, the raunch ur bock and the rose petal golden imperial golden ale came pretty close. Even the helles lager and pils were pretty good, and I thought the DIPA decent as well (repeater repeater DIPA, and the current cauldron brew seasonal). Even the old growth imperial stout was interesting, if not exactly to my taste. The only beer I tried that I actively didn't care for was the Vas Deferens Ale.
I also ordered a small pizza here (the Caldera), and damn if it wasn't pretty darn good as well. Service was pretty decent for the most part. There was a pretty good size crowd on the Thursday night I was here (around 6:00), and so waits for a beer were sometimes a bit protracted. However, everyone was pretty friendly otherwise, and the backup server who helped out my swamped bartender/waitress was helpful and seemed to know his stuff.
After a largely so-so experience with some of the BA destinations I visited in Medford, I was very impressed with the Caldera Brewing company pub. Without doubt, I'll certainly be back, the next time I'm in the Medford/Ashland vicinity.
07-22-2014 17:05:45 | More by John_M
Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.