PNW porters & stouts that aren't brewed by Deschutes?

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  1. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Help me out here. What are some good ones? Seems like we're kind of lacking in that category.
     
  2. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (982) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Fremont's standard Dark Star Oatmeal Stout is nice. Wait, it's an Imperial Stout, don't know if that counts.
     
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  3. honkduh

    honkduh Aspirant (260) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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    Ursus Spelæus - Sound Brewery
    brewers reserve imperial stout - Old Schoolhouse
     
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  4. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Looking more for single stouts and porters. Lots of brewers seem to be willing to go imperial.
     
  5. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (982) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Fremont does have Proletariat porter, it's nice.
     
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  6. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Crusader (767) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    Big Time Old Rip, and Big Time Coal Creek Porter. Machine House Mild has a lot of flavors you may enjoy even though it isn't a stout or porter (and at only 3.6 ABV you can drink the hell out of it). Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter, Black Raven Coco Jones Porter (and their Tamerlane is delicious too). I'm sure there are more.
     
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  7. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Crusader (767) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    I also really liked Maritime's porter but I haven't seen that one in ages. It's listed as retired now I think ... but that probably doesn't mean anything.
     
  8. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Snoqualmie Steam Train is one of my favorite porters.
    Also, what about Alaskan Smoked Porter?
     
  9. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (513) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Elysian Dragonstooth Stout
    American Caboose Oatmeal Stout

    Georgetown Porter
     
  10. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Both great beers. Good call.


    I have not had the former. I'll have to look for it. I could take or leave the Alaskan, honestly.

    I'll also contribute some I've recalled:

    Ft. George Polish's Black Walnut
    Icicle Priebe Porter
     
  11. chinochino

    chinochino Initiate (153) Jul 29, 2013 Washington

    Had the Elysian Perseus Porter the other day after not having it for a while. An easy drinker.
     
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  12. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Laurelwood makes Tree Hugger Porter and Space Stout. Both are good but harder to find. I think Tree Hugger gets bottled but Space Stout does not.

    Edit: Keep an eye out for their Portland Roasting Espresso Stout and Moose and Squirrel Imp Stout. Both will be out in the coming months.
     
  13. Aml42000

    Aml42000 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Washington

    Bottled? The selections are pretty limited. Dragonstooth is a good one. The American oatmeal is very nice as well.
     
  14. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Yeah, it seems that a lot of the mentions are not bottled or are very limited.

    Especially in the case of porters, it's kind of strange to me that a style with a very popular example in the region (Black Butte) seems to get overlooked by a lot of breweries.
     
  15. guajolote

    guajolote Aspirant (247) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    HUB 7 Grain Survival Stout is pretty decent, as is Oakshire Overcast. And I'll second MADHomebrewer's Laurelwood Portland Roast recommendation. That stuff is excellent if you're into coffee stouts.

    Too bad Gigantic Time Traveller was a one-off. That was a solid porter.
     
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  16. trbergman

    trbergman Defender (664) Nov 17, 2006 England

    Ninkasi Oatis
     
  17. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    You could say that of a lot of local beers in any style. We have a pub culture, lots of breweries see no reason to bottle at all.


    Well, Black Butte is very popular with folks who like dark beer, but aren't necessarily beer geeks. But, as a general rule, porters don't get the beer geek jimmies rustled. We want our dark beers imperialized, and in a barrel if at all possible.
     
  18. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (396) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    Several good ones out there but not in 12 oz 6 packs like Deschutes. Maybe Silver City will start doing their Porter in a six pack. They now have their IPA and Red in 6 packs.
     
  19. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Crusader (767) Dec 1, 2004 Washington


    I had American Caboose for the first time several months ago. I was very surprised how good it was.
     
  20. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    American is the real deal. I could do without the marketing schtick but they are a great example of what happens when you put real money behind a passionate brewer.
     
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  21. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    I don't know how I forgot about those. Those are great.
     
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  22. loren01

    loren01 Champion (830) Mar 11, 2004 Washington

    Fort George Cavatica stout is one of my favorites. Dragonstooth from Elysian is excellent. Also Black Bear stout from alameda is solid.
     
  23. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Marketing schtick? What'd I miss?
     
  24. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Maybe I'm just a cynic. The whole "buy American" thing seems a little pandery.
     
  25. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (982) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    American can do whatever they like. They named a beer Stupid Sexy Flanders.
     
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  26. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Oh. I wasn't even aware of that. I think it's just a cheesy play on words.
     
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  27. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (4,806) Feb 20, 2009 Washington

    Elysian Dragonstooth was my go to stout for many years and still quite nice. I've always felt the Skagit's Trumpeter gets a lot less love than it deserves. It is in my top 10. It's bottled one a year, but hangs around for a while. Ursus Spelæus is excellent (as is almost everything from Sound Brewing) but only shows up sporadically. If Ft. George Polish's Black Walnut was bottled, it would be on my list too.
     
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  28. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,265) Mar 9, 2006 California
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    I'll also nominate Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter. Very good example of the style.
     
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  29. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (513) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    The Ram's Total Disorder Porter has won medals at GABF and I have found it tasty. Just be sure to remember to tell your server not to bring it in a frosted mug.
     
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  30. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Crusader (767) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    I was going to say Cavatica too, but I think he's looking for regular stouts and not double/imperial.
     
  31. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Thread inspired me to pick up a couple local porters today: American Caboose (which was mentioned) and Schooner Exact Profanity Hill (which wasn't). I also saw Scuttlebut Porter in both bombers in 6-packs, didn't grab that one. Not sure what it is about Scuttlebut but I've never tried a single one of their beers.
     
  32. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,594) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Flyers Pacemaker Porter is available in 22s, I believe. Another vote for Steam Train. As I've mentioned before, I'm a fan of Skagit Trumpeter Stout. I like the Boundary Bay Oatmeal Stout, but at 9%, it's an Imperial. Silver City Panther Lake Porter is top-notch. As usual, Anacortes sneaks a tasty example in, a nice Porter. Honestly, M & Js Black Cat Porter is decent. They're around, you can find 'em.
     
  33. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (825) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Not quite the PNW, but I think Sierra Nevada's Stout and Porter and Anchor's Porter are solid examples, widely available, in 12oz bottles, and worth consideration.
     
  34. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Aspirant (296) Jul 17, 2005 Washington
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    It's been said but it's too good to not repeat: Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter. Excellent.
     
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  35. zestd

    zestd Disciple (362) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    I have a soft spot for Iron Horse's Irish Death.
     
  36. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (270) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    I really want to love that beer, but every time I try it I just get such a watery mouthfeel I almost can't finish it. And just happens to be everywhere in Spokane.
     
  37. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Genius name, but that's about all imho.
     
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  38. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,594) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I don't think the brewery even knows what they want that beer to be. Not on my recommended list of WA beers.
     
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  39. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,735) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    This might be controversial but i think CDA killed the Porter in the PNW!
    That said Worthy Lights Out Stout is a fav right now .
     
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  40. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

    Unfortunately not a porter or a stout... don't believe me... look at their website. Tasty brew to be sure, but not a porter or stout.
     
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