Visiting Portland (Fall 2015 update)

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by guajolote, Oct 4, 2015.

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  1. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Definitely Growler Guys over Blitz, it is not even close, but I have a bias towards better beer selection, atmosphere and the ability to bring in non-Blitz food:slight_smile:
     
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  2. elNopalero

    elNopalero Grand Pooh-Bah (4,568) Oct 14, 2009 Michigan
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    I'm completely overwhelmed now! This thread helps (and thanks to the Coffee Advocate mentions that snuck in this thread) as I'm looking forward to spending a few days with caffeine and craft beers.
     
  3. daveafrank

    daveafrank Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2015 North Carolina
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    Out of the newcomers list, who is pumping out the best hoppy and/or wild offerings?
     
  4. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    Out the listed options on page 1, Fat Heads is the obvious choice for hoppy stuff. None of them have much of a wild program (yet), but Great Notion plans on focusing on them. At this point, you're probably better off sticking to the established players like Cascade, Upright, Commons, de Garde, etc for your wild/sour fix.
     
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  5. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Crusader (453) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    Probably Culmination.
     
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  6. anteater

    anteater Pooh-Bah (1,852) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon
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    Has anyone noticed an overall increase in quality of IPAs around Portland lately? Everything hoppy I've had from Boneyard over the past month or so has been absolute fire. Same goes for Breakside. Maybe something to do with the 2015 hop harvest, or maybe I'm just lucky with super fresh kegs?
     
  7. vurt

    vurt Grand Pooh-Bah (3,578) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Testify, brother. Earlier this year, I was out someplace with the wife, and we ordered regular Breakside IPA because they didn't have anything else we wanted/hadn't already tried. It was effing spectacular. I immediately felt like a complete idiot because I hadn't had one in so long. Since then, it's become our go-to. Easy to get and too damn delicious.
     
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  8. anteater

    anteater Pooh-Bah (1,852) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon
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    Right!? Glad to hear its not just me. I'm pretty sure its just that certain breweries are getting better, which is pretty cool!
     
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  9. Bitter_Better

    Bitter_Better Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2015 Oregon

    All of Breakside's "old" stuff looks/is amazing, right now...I can't recommend Ansatz (BBA smoked bock) enough! I'm fighting a flu but planning a BA flight & a growler of Wanderlust, soon!
     
  10. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Interesting. I have to confess that I've had a very similar reaction. In the past, I've never been all the taken with Breakside IPA's (decent, but nothing special). However, their wet hop beers were all outstanding, and the last few times I had regular Wanderlust, I was struck by good it was as well. I just figured that maybe my palate has changed, or that maybe I just wasn't paying close attention the previous times I tried it.
     
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  11. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,639) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon
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    Hop Venom is making an appearance at a lot of places around Portland. I have always liked this beer, but I had one the other day that was one of the best glasses of IPA that I have had.

    Saw it again at GGs in Portland and tried it again just to make sure it wasnt a fluke. Nope! it was outstanding again! talked to the bartender and he said the same thing. maybe this was just a good batch, but he agreed it was better than ever. not sure what to attribute this to.....
     
  12. jrnyc

    jrnyc Pooh-Bah (2,976) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    Being an East Coaster, I have limited experience with Boneyard, have had it a handful of times. Was in Portland for first time last week, Notorious was amazing as usual, but the RPM was fantastic too. In the span of a couple of days I was able to drink Boneyard, Cascade and Vietnamese Speedway, great stuff in a small sliver of Portland.
     
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  13. Socalfan21

    Socalfan21 Pundit (870) Aug 1, 2013 Illinois
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    Question: any events going on mid December? My cousin and I will be flying out there December 11 - 14th.
     
  14. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,639) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon
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    Ahhh man, you are just going to miss the Holiday Ale festival from Dec. 2nd-6th

    There will be other stuff going on though, and even if there isnt, Portland is basically a 365 day a year brew fest where you can drink good beer 24/7
     
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  15. Aestro

    Aestro Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2009 Oregon

    I mentioned it in that dumb thread I started, but Hollywood Liquor had it on growler fills for $10.99 as of a week or so ago. $9.99 if you have their growler. That's a total steal. At least it was until I popped it on Sunday and realized by the third glass that my palette was completely shot and I couldn't finish it. I think it's just easy to forget HOW good it really is if you only get it every few months, at best.

    Someone that is much smarter about beer should call me out for talking completely out of my ass, but coming out of fresh hop season might help. The ridiculously early spring has meant a lot of sun, which tends to mean happy plants so long as they're being watered. I've read a few articles hinting that this could also be a banner year for Oregon wine.
     
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  16. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    I'm mindful of the fact that this is BA and not WA, so I'll keep this short.

    I'm not saying the articles are wrong, but as someone who has been a big wine guy for over 40 years now, I've learned to be a bit, ahem, skeptical when I read stuff like that. Winery principles and winemakers are in the business of making money (as well as wine), so it will probably be a cold day in hell before they ever admit to a "bad" vintage. Invariably, I hear wineries touting a vintage as exceptional or one of the vintages of the decade/century. At most, you might hear an especially candid winemaker describe a vintage as "challenging."

    Just got back from Bordeaux a month ago, and I loved how the French describe different vintages over there. As we quickly learned in France, they have only two types of vintages; exceptional ones and "classic" ones.

    Based on what I've tasted so far, I'm willing to agree that it appears this last season was exceptional (quality wise) for hops. In the case of the wine vintage for Oregon, I'll wait till I actually taste the wine. Cheers!
     
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  17. Socalfan21

    Socalfan21 Pundit (870) Aug 1, 2013 Illinois
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    One more question (non beer but food related): what kind of food is Portland known for? What are the musts for restaurants over there? Can't wait to come by and visit the northwest!
     
  18. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,282) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Except for salmon, there really isn't a NW regional food. Nothing that lets you know that you're in a place. Our restaurants tend to make adjustments to existing dishes, and call the results "XXX with a NW twist". But yeah, salmon everywhere.
     
  19. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Pooh-Bah (1,946) Apr 17, 2015 Washington
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  20. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,639) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon
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    Not really "food" but Coffee and Beer are definitely up there.

    also, Brunch. people love themselves some brunch out here and will wait in line for something they could probably make at home in 1/2 the time for 1/2 the cost.

    I would agree with "salmon" and also expand that to seafood in general. You can find some pretty damn good seafood out here. Other than that, there really isnt a regional cuisine. You can find everything from traditional Vietnamese to Spanish tapas to American burger spots. And the cool part is that most restaurants have at least B+ level taplists!
     
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