What Northwest beer are you drinking now? (2020)

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by beertunes, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. PerfectPorter

    PerfectPorter Initiate (92) Jul 30, 2010 Oregon

    This is my favorite of the year so far.

    The website description says June - July one off. The chalk board in Milwaukie says WANDERJACK 2020, so I'm assuming it will be at least in the annual summer rotation if they don't decide to go year round with it.


    I heard Friday.
     
  2. weaverr

    weaverr Initiate (188) Jun 10, 2008 California

    Stopped in Wayfinder this afternoon. My first beer was CZAF, which I thoroughly enjoyed but I think I find some of their other Pilsner offerings more in line with my tastes. Who would have guessed that Wayfinder would turn us all into Pilsner snobs!

    But CZAF is not the reason I write this. Oh no. KOLLAPS is the reason I write this. One of the few stylistically accurate kölschs I’ve had in the US. Bright, crisp, a hint of Meyer lemon rind, nearly no malt heaviness. If you’ve been to Köln, this beer will bring back memories. Try this beer!
     
  3. derftron

    derftron Disciple (384) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Drinking a WanderJack. 3rd time around with this one. First time I really liked it, but last two pints I really love it. This is about as dialed in as an IPA can get for me.

    Just a perfect amount of bitterness, grapefruit, citrus, hops. All together in a delicious blend. Well done Barley Browns and Breakside
     
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  4. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Zealot (573) Sep 12, 2012 Oregon

    pFriem’s Nectarine Golden Ale is so good. The fruit goes so well with the yeast. If I didn’t already have a few beers (might be more than a few...) I’d buy a case if this every year.
     
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  5. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Champion (818) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    La Fat wasn't sour and was a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Le Fat was a totally different beer. I remember really liking La Fat and would buy it often when it was around. Would love the chance to try it again but that'll probably never happen.
    And yes, Knuckles (Phil) was a huge Silver City and Collins Pub fan. I think he moved out to the middle of nowhere years ago and it kind of coincided with him not really posting here anymore.
     
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  6. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I thought Le Fat was just Fat Bastard, with Belgian yeast? I know a guy I can ask. Will report back.
     
  7. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Champion (818) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    Pretty sure Le Fat and La Fat were two separate beers.
     
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  8. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Champion (818) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

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  9. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Right, I just thought Le Fat was Belgiany.
     
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  10. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,665) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Thanks for the clarification. It's been some years now since I last sampled those beers from SC, and my memory isn't what it used to be.

    Glad your memory is better than mine. Yes, that's right it was Phil. Back in the day, when you checked the online taplist at Collins Pub, in parentheses you would almost always see a "thanks Phil" next to the SC beer. Took me a while to figure out the connection.

    Last time I spoke to him, appropriately enough it was over at Collins Pub. He mentioned some personal problems he was having at the time, and his intent to move out of the area. I kind of figured that was likely going to be the last time I would see him.
     
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  11. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,805) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Missoula’s considered Northwest, right? I think they’re mostly Seahawks/Mariners fans so yes. RIP Sonics. Still working on drinking down my cellar. This one from 2011. Great carbonation, delicious, wonderful mouthfeel. Maybe bottle conditioned? After 9 years who knows. Cheers NWBA!
     
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  12. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Here's a cut and paste of the answer that I got in reply. It doesn't answer all our questions though:

    "Hey Terry,
    Yes it was originally called Fat Bastard. We received a cease and desist order from the French winery that has that name so we switched it to Fat Scotch Ale. For our 20th anniversary we aged a batch in Macallan Scotch barrels for a year and released it as the Big Magnificent Bastard. It was well received and we liked the nod to the lineage of the beer so we changed the name to Magnificent Bastard when we released 6pk cans. We have now received and cease and desist from Stone brewing because they claim ownership of any beer with the mark “Bastard” (ironic I know) so it is now named The Magnificent Scotch Ale. If I was speaking this explanation I would be out of breath...."

    And:

    "Oh and Le Fat is now the Plump Bastard which is the Scotch ale aged with secondary fermentation with lacto, pedio, & brett in oak barrels and finished with plums. This will be the last year we release that though."
     
  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Knocking back a stoup Cervecita Mexican Lager. Is OK senors.
     
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  14. vurt

    vurt Meyvn (1,187) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    I'm drinking a non-NW IPA which is quite good. Mrs. vurt asked me to share the can, and there was much batting of eyelashes, so right now her share is waiting for her in the fridge.

    At the moment she's drinking some 3-Way IPA. I helped myself to a slug from the can. It's okay, but nothing I need more of after the 2 cans I've already had this year.
     
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  15. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,173) Oct 11, 2010 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    Now I’m curious which beer got Mrs. Vurt’s eyelashes aflutter, even if it’s non-NW.
     
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  16. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Dranking what, according to my list here, is my first Sticky Hands. Dated 6/22 (or 23, or 29, it's dated on the bottom rim, and it's hard to read), it's pleasant enough, but not blowing me away. Is there a lot of batch variation with this?
     
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  17. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I wonder if it's from Vurts native state?
     
  18. vurt

    vurt Meyvn (1,187) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    North Park Hop-Fu! IPA, out of San Diego. @jakecattleco is right: This is a fine IPA.

    I wish I had another can or two.
     
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  19. derftron

    derftron Disciple (384) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Well this certainly works for me

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  20. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,665) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    There is some, but in all honesty, Sticky Hands isn't a beer that's ever turned my clock around either. There's been a few batches that I thought were particularly good, but for most of the versions I've sampled, my reaction has been the same as yours. A good beer for sure, but never one that has gotten me all excited.

    I just figured that the style isn't my cup of tea... As so many other consumers seem to really dig it.
     
  21. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Zealot (573) Sep 12, 2012 Oregon

    Picked up dinner at Top Burmese in downtown Beaverton tonight (highly recommend!) and grabbed another 4-pack of the Ex Novo/Upright Upright Citizen because it’s really that good.
     
  22. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, according to UT, I've had it 4 times previously. Must have had it at shares. Well, now, it's official.
     
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  23. vurt

    vurt Meyvn (1,187) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    This is very good to know. I foresee a trip to Ex Novo in the near future...
     
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  24. wsucoug96

    wsucoug96 Initiate (114) May 18, 2010 Washington
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    Any Seattle-area sightings of Wanderjack? (Other than the Beer Junction, which posted about it today. Hard to get to West Seattle from Snoqualmie!)
     
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  25. derftron

    derftron Disciple (384) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    I think some people dig that its a fresh double IPA at 8% for $3.29 / $3.49 (which is a fair bit less than all the other 16oz cans of IPA/IIPAs)

    i loved it when it was released once a month or every other month in large format bottles with different hops/ingredients. had a can for the first time in a while a few weeks ago and i liked it a lot, but not a mind blowing experience
     
  26. drone

    drone Disciple (384) Jun 17, 2013 Washington
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    Sticky Hands has a special spot in my heart. I've been drinking it since it was in bottles. At its peak, it's my ideal IPA with a robust malt presence, massive pine bitterness and citrus, and enough "dankness" to warrant its name. Unfortunately, much like my experience with Boneyard's RPM, the batch variance is so erratic I never really know what I'm going to get. Sometimes it's dank and piney, sometimes it's sweeter and more malt driven, and other times it's just middling.

    And much like RPM, B15 doesn't publicly post the hop bill for the beer, so I wonder if they too play around with what goes in from time to time.
     
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  27. derftron

    derftron Disciple (384) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon


    there has to be something with IPAs that make the really good ones hard to scale up in mass quantity. there have been dozens of examples over the years where an IPA falls off a bit or a LOT when the production ramps up. I wonder what brewers think causes this? buying cheaper hops in bulk? different water source?

    I know it isnt all in our heads that when beer "x" becomes less-rare, then all of a sudden its not as good.
     
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  28. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,665) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    The versions of SH that I really liked, were invariably very fresh and on draft. It seemed like the hop profile dominated the flavor profile, with the malt backing the considerable hop punch just enough to keep things in balance. The versions I didn't care for as much, seemed sweeter and maltier, without sufficient hoppy bitterness to balance and counter the sweetness. Those versions also came across as hotter and boozier, which sometimes made it a chore to drink.

    Also, I think my taste in IPA's has likely changed over time as well. Increasingly, I don't want to drink an 8% or 9% IPA, as the alcohol level just wipes me out too quickly. Consequently, I just don't order SH all that often any more.
     
  29. TaborTime

    TaborTime Disciple (320) Dec 10, 2013 Oregon
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    This. Some of the 750ml variants (first iteration of Tropical Slam is a prime example) were definitely in the "mind-blowing" category.
     
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  30. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,665) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Completely agree about the tropical slam. Probably explains why it seemed to fly off the shelf.

    Can you recall any of the regular bottling/canning versions that you had that kind of reaction to?
     
  31. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I wouldn't mind having a couple 2011 Bluehairs in my cellar!
     
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  32. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    So, after all electrons spent praising the virtues of Wanderjack on this forum, when I saw a single today, a purchase was mandatory. for science, of course. Y'all weren't lying, this is a good beer. Hope to grab a 4-pack.
     
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  33. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Next up is a 11.3oz can can (wut?) of Atwood Ales New Normal, a can-conditioned Pale. beer was fine, but they used those sucky lids where most of the lid comes off with the tab. Too much beer was spilt.
     
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  34. vurt

    vurt Meyvn (1,187) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    I'm having another non-NW IPA (from my home state, as @beertunes correctly noted yesterday).

    However, I think I will be making a return to NW beers soon, as 1) I expect to share this can with Mrs. vurt, 2) it's been a "more than 1 beer" kind of day, and 3) there's Wanderjack in the fridge.
     
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  35. derftron

    derftron Disciple (384) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    Drinking Adam on nitro at Apex. Also, they take card now! Only took a global pandemic.

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  36. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Think I'm looking forward to most is being able to pay cash again.It annoys the hell out of me that I've gotta use plastic for minor purchases. There's a crepe shop in town that's been open for walk-up. They sell fresh made cookies, for fifty cents each. sometimes, there's only 1 cookie left. I gotta swipe my card for fifty damn cents. That is bullshit.
     
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  37. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,369) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Finishing up my first from Varietal, Twine Climber IPA. The label says this is their flagship, and contains the Hop Trinity: Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe. It's fine, but much like the recent Sticky Hands experience, it's just not really pushing my buttons. Shrug?
     
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  38. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,579) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    I remember Phil. We communicated regularly for a time. He was supposed to stop off in Spokane with some SC beers at one point when he was driving across the country. He got a late start and wanted to get to Missoula to hit a favorite bar there at a decent hour, so it never happened.
     
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  39. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,579) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Depends on the beer. I've had some awfully malty western Montana IPAs. But, yeah, it's sorta PNW, at least to this eastern Washington BA.
     
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  40. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,579) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Off work for the week, at Iron Goat, and I'm hitting a burrito and a Buzzsaw McThunder IPA aged in Dry Fly gin barrels.
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