|Outside Ecliptic Brewing... our first stop of the day.|
|Looks like another sampler flight!|
- Orbiter IPA - brewed with four "C" hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus
- Carina Peach Sour - lacto soured ale with fresh peaches
- Ultra Violet Sour Blackberry - sour ale brewed with Oregon blackberries and fermented with Belgian yeast
- Zenith Grapefruit Gose - German-style sour ale brewed with coriander, salt and grapefruit
- Hopservatory Tropical Imperial IPA - DIPA brewed with Azacca, Mosaic, Calypso, Simcoe, Meridian and Mandarina
- Starburst IPA - brewed with Amarillo, Azacca, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops for fresh flavors of citrus, fruit and pine
|Pleeps immersed in our sampler flight.|
|Pleeps posing with a full pour of Hopservatory.|
|Monkeying around at Bridgeport.|
We opted for a flight, which included an array of styles. Here's what we sampled during our visit:
- Blood Orange Blonde - brewed with Cascade hops and real blood oranges
- Emanon - farmhouse ale
- B.U.I. - DIPA aged for 4 months on French oak soaked in Aria Portland dry gin
- Strawberry Sunset - fruit beer brewed with strawberries
- Old School - straight-up American IPA
- Summer Breeze - an English mild ale
- Paddle Wheel Pale Ale - American Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe and Citra
Again, it was another barrel-aged IPA incorporating gin for the win! This seemed to be a fairly prevalent cross-pollination out in Portland. I definitely hope this trend continues and rubs off on the East Coast, because I am really digging these IPAs infused with gin-like characteristics. Whodathunkit?! The Blood Orange Blonde may have been my runner-up, although I remember everything here being up to snuff. Our new friends from Iowa also seemed to dig this place quite a bit. The appeared to be mirroring our trip, except theirs was just getting started while our was coming to an end.
Inside the tasting room, we noticed a large trolley that looked like a mobile bar. Not sure how we couldn't notice it, because it was huge. Brewslut recognize it from an episode of some drinking show we'd seen a while back (perhaps Three Sheets or Brew Dogs). Turns out, this was one of the BrewCycle tandem bikes that tour breweries around the city. Pretty cool, eh? We would have loved to have done this, but you had to book your 2-hour ride in advance. Great way to drink and burn calories at the same time, right? Next time!
| Portland BrewCycle: patrons pedal around the city drinking beer!|
|Love Fat Head's tap handles!|
After a quick visit to Fat Head's, it was off to Deschutes. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit Deschutes' brewpub location during our initial trip to Portland (the one with my mom in tow). We had to limit our stops at breweries in lieu of "touristy stuff" to appease my mom. After all, she was paying for the trip. We decided to have dinner at Deschutes the night we were visiting, and it just so happened to be their 23rd anniversary party! What did that mean? Black Butte XXIII on tap, of course! Turns out our dinner that night was my mom's favorite meal of the trip. Bonus points for me!
|Pleeps enjoyed a few nips of my Black Butte...|
|...and some of Brewslut's Stoic. See what happens later.|
|Vinyl junkies and beer... my kind of peeps at Tugboat!|
|We're proud to have grown up during the 80s.|
|A rare snapshot of the elusive Brewslut.|
- 3-Way IPA by Ft. George Brewery - Galaxy hopped collaboration IPA with Barley Brown's Beer and Melvin Brewing
- Peach Punch by Block 15 and Great Notion - One of my favorites of the trip. Nuff said!
- Invincible by Baerlic - flagship IPA offering
- Eliot IPA by Ex Novo - IPA hopped with Centennial, Citra, Galaxy and Simcoe. Yum!
Eliot IPA was so good that we decided to work in Ex Novo on our final day's itinerary. More on that later. Join us next time as we wrap things up in Portland and stick a fork in another Pour Travelers epic adventure. Until next time...
|Pleeps is down for the count!|