Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Local Beer Finds

Well, it's the end of Oregon Craft Beer Month.  Honestly, I didn't get to visit all the brew pubs I'd hoped to.  However, I DID discover a handful of great Oregon Craft Beers.

Burnside BeersBurnside Brewing Company's Sweet Heat - was recommended to me by my friend, and fellow foodie, Lisa Jordan.  I went to New Seasons to pick up a bottle only to discover the market was giving away free samples of the very beer I was looking for.  Lucky me! :-)

This is a wheat ale with an addition of 200 pounds of Apricot puree, then dry hopped with imported Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers.

Sweet Heat has a subtle tartness from the fruit with a bold, even HOT, spiciness from the peppers which makes for an unique drinking experience.  If you like a good kick of heat, this beer is worth trying.  The only drawback is in trying to find a food to pair it with.
Burnside Brewing Company's Lime Kolsch - is brewed as a German style Kolsch made with; premium pilsner malt, Munich malt, wheat, Tettnanger hops, German ale yeast, lime zest, Kaffir Lime leaf, and lemongrass; to produce a crisp dry beer that begins hoppy and finishes with a pleasant lime taste.

I drank this Kolsch as part of a modified version of a Ploughman's lunch (Cambozola & Triple Creme Brie on buttery crackers, Smoked Gouda, and half a salted red bell pepper) on a hot afternoon.  The beer worked nicely against the rich fatty cheeses, and was very refreshing during the day's heat.
Lompac Brewery's Kick Axe Pale Ale - is a crisp, easy drinking pale ale. Dry hopped in the fermenter, Kick Axe has a very hoppy initial flavor & aroma with a citrus-esc note on the finish. 

I found this beer at a pub in Old Town Sherwood, and ordered it to accompany a Fried Oyster Club Sandwich.  I honestly have to report, the beer's grapefruit undertone was, by far, the best part of the meal.

Fried oysters should never be black with char.
Razz Wheat Beer from Hillsboro, Oregon's Vertigo Brewing - This summer beer is brewed with over twelve pounds of real raspberries per barrel.  In appearance, Razz is the color of clouded ocher with a red blush. Raspberry flavors are pronounced, but don't overpower the taste of dry wheat & hops.

I drank this alongside a Cabo-Cado Sandwich (Bacon, guacamole, house made spicy mayo, lettuce & tomato) at Primrose & Tumbleweeds.  The sweet fruitiness of the beer played well against the smokey salty fatty spicy sandwich.
Of course, the month being over doesn't mean I'm going to end my exploration of Oregon Craft Beers.  There are literally hundreds of varieties I still want to try, and one month simply isn't enough time.

What's your favorite Oregon Craft Beer?

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