Saturday, July 27, 2013

26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival 2013 Day 2

Day two of beer fest I had to go to work in the morning, but we got to take the max to the beerfest at 2. I got down there around 3:30 and I remembered why I take Thursday off to go to the beer fest. The lines were much longer than on Thursday, and there was a lot of dust in the air from the stomped grass, overall a less enjoyable experience. I started off at the north tent trying to get all the beers checked off the list. I had a pretty good idea that I wasn't going to be able to get them all with the lines here.

Old Market Pub & Brewery - Dilution of Grandeur - Mixed Berry Belgian Lambic - 8.1 B+ This beer has a Reddish pink color with a pleasant fruity aroma.  The first drink I liked this beer, The sour dark berry flavor comes through pretty strong and then finishes light and crisp.  A very drinkable beer, maybe one of the most drinkable sours.  Not a super sour beer like something really heavily inocculated with pedio or lacto from Cascade Brewing but just enough to get a tart flavor.

Boundary Bay Brewery - Double Dry-Hopped Bravo Pale Ale - Single Hop Pale Ale - 5.5 A A golden ale with very generous dry hop aroma.  The taste from was an amazing crisp grapefruit backed by a light to medium mouthfeel.  A very drinkable awesome beer.

Lompoc Brewing - EleventyOne CDA - Cascadian Dark Ale - 6.6 B+ A very dark beer that can be seen through if held up to the light.  The toasted roasty aroma that is followed up by a hoppy and dark roasted flavor that was very drinkable.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. - Eye of the Thaiger - Thai Lager - 5.2 Super clear straw colored beer has a lightly spiced nose.  Some spiced taste that I could not distinguish, maybe sage or ginger. I probably wouldn't want to drink more than a full beer of this.

Seven Brides Brewing - Frankenlou’s IPA - IPA - 7.0 C Dark copper in color with a musky almost moldy aroma.  This was bitter and not really in a good way, an unpleasant aftertaste.  This medium bodied beer was really not drinkable.

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse - Silvercone IPL - India Pale Lager - 6.5 B A golden beer, what I would call the definition of golden, has a very piney aroma and then followed up by a pleasant pine flavor and a clean finishing aftertaste.  A medium to light body beer.  This was a very good drinkable beer no unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

We went to go hang out at the north end of the brewfest where there was not so many people.  I'm glad that I did because I was able to witness this sight.  While looking for an open space we saw an ample man lying on the ground.  This guy was a real treat. When we first walked by him he was sitting up with his kilt just hanging out talking with some friends.  He caught my attention because he has an amazing handlebar mustache.  He must have been tired because he had to lay down and take a little nap.  When he was laying down his belly forced his shirt up to reveal a very large gut and what amounted to a sizable hand cannon in a holster tucked into his kilt.  After he had laid there for a bit his legs must have got restless because he decided to lift one of his knees up to reveal what appeared to be the ass crack equivalent of a handlebar mustache.  We hung out here for a while and then decided to go get some more beer.

Boulder Beer Co - Pump up the Jam - Fruit Beer - 5.2 C+ This cloudy tan beer had a minty slightly licorice aroma, Whitney said that it smelled like Jaegermeister.  The taste was like a light red berry and was thin it needed a lot more body.  It was technically drinkable and not filling at all but not a great beer.

Rogue Brewery - Beard Beer - Belgian-Golden - 5.6 C- This clear blonde ale has a light fruit and spice smell that transitions into a clovey taste when drank. A light bodied beer that i could probably drink but I'm not a big Belgian fan.

Ballast Point Brewing Co. - Sculpin IPA - American-Style India Pale Ale - 6.6 A I've had this beer before but it was last call and i didn't want to get a beer that I didn't like for the last one and I only had 4 tokens left and the taps were about to close.  A clear golden beer with a piney aroma and flavor is spectacular.  This is a medium bodied beer is just a real pleasure to drink.  This was a great final beer to have it made the night finish on a good note.

Friday, July 26, 2013

26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival 2013 Day 1

After several years covering the OBF, my credentials have finally been recognized and I was officially recognized as a member of the press.  This came with several perks one of which was a free glass and a few tokens the other more important one to me was a full excel file with the descriptions of all the beers that could be modified.  This made creating this post so much easier because I could copy and paste the beer names, brewery, ABV, style, etc. into a word doc.  This saved me a lot of time because I didn't have to check for spelling and manually type all of the information in.

     Also it gave me an advanced look at all the beers and let me make an attack plan for what I wanted to try this year.  The biggest problem I found over the last few years in attendance is that I can never find what I want when I want it, and I usually end up going to the beer with the shortest line. My friend Evan came up to the OBF for a wedding this year and we decided to pick what beers we wanted to try in a Google doc (Engineering Nerds).  We each rated how badly we wanted to try a beer 1-3, averaged our scores and then based on the averaged score we determined a threshold for what beers we were going to try.   I took the beer list and highlighted all the ones I wanted to try and added a star for the beers rated 3, and a dash for the beers rated 2.5 after averaging.  This document shall be referred to a "The Attack Plan" henceforth.
     When we got to the event we were wearing pretzel necklaces Whitney had made that morning and we were informed of a new trending hashtag on twitter was #BYOPN.  Social media has really taken drinking paraphernalia to another level.  I did get asked several times where I got my necklace and how much it was.  Enterpenurs here is your chance to really cash in on a burgeoning market.

Bayern Brewing - Kaiser Pilsener - Imperial Pilsener Lager - 5.5 C I dont really like pilsners that much but it was OK for a pilsner. They always taste astringent to me but I think that must be part of the style.

Drake's Brewing Co. - 1500 Pale Ale - American Extra Pale Ale - 5.5 A- Super simcoe hoppy, more of an IPA than a pale ale

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom - ClusterF#ck Single-Hop IPA - Single Hop IPA - 7.3 I wanted to like this beer a lot just for the name but it was... OK.

Epic Brewing Co. - Hop Syndrome Lager - Dry-Hopped American Premium Lager - 4.6 C+ Dank hop flavor not a great aftertaste very light color and mouth-feel.

Worst member of the press ever...  I have gone through 4 beers and before I realized that I was not using my typical analysis of Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouth-feel, and Drinkability. A real rookie mistake from now on my reviews will be more in depth and useful.  I also realized that my phone battery was going to die very fast if I kept using it to write down my reviews so I switched to paper and pen.  It wasn't easy because I have terrible hand writing and no pen or paper.  So I used the back of my press kit paper and the back of the attack plan.  I found out they had pens at the token counters after searching for like 20 minutes.

Terminal Gravity Brewing - Tap Out - Craft Malt Liquor - 10.0 B+ This light copper beer had a really sweet nose to match the sweet flavor complimenting the residual sweetness left after you finished the drink.  This however did not taste like a 10.0% beer very drinkable.. I could drink a lot of these if it wouldn't put me into a coma.

Great Divide Brewing Co. - Colette Farmhouse Saison - Farmhouse Style Saison - 7.3 B- A light, slightly cloudy beer that was heavily cloved aroma and extreme spiced aftertaste had a medium body.  I'm not a huge fan of saisons but this was pretty drinkable.

Heathen Brewing - Transgression IPA - West Coast IPA - 7.5 A-  A light amber beer with a sweet and hoppy aroma.  The resiny taste is an assault up front and then it stays with you long after you have finished your beer.  Full mou.... WHOA LINGERING RESIN! I couldn't get over how much this beer kept the, I'm assuming Simcoe, resin flavor in your mouth.  I wrote down notes and finished my beer and was in line for the next one, and when back and wrote "RESIN X 100" on the paper.  It had a thick full bodied mouth-feel.

Maui Brewing Co. - Lemongrass Saison - Belgian Inspired Saison - 5.0 C This cloudy straw beer with very light the aroma was typical for a saison featuring a heavy clove aroma, no noticeable aroma of lemongrass.  The taste was about what I expected heavy clove flavor that stays with you.  It was about an average saison no lemongrass anywhere in this beer.

Boneyard Beer - Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale - Pale Ale - 5.6 A A golden to light copper beer with heavy pine aromas is very pleasant when you first smell it.  The flavor was dank/resiny and very drinkable but not overpowering.  A medium mouthfeel very drinkable best beer I had had all day at this point.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers - Tallulah - Extra Pale Ale - 5.6 A- Golden beer, extremely clear the aroma was sweet like molasses I think this may be from the new hot hop they are using called Calypso.  The taste was extremely unexpected almost like a CDA. Noticeable chocolate notes with a medium to light body.  I could definitely drink a few of these but not all night.  A great beer.

Hale's Ales Brewery - Hale’s 30th Anniversary Double Pale Ale - Double Pale Ale - 8.0 B A dark golden ale with resiny aroma.  I think I may just be convincing myself everything I drink is Simcoe at this point.  Its a great smelling beer though.  The taste was that of a lingering resin I wrote "Great Taste" but apparently only thought it worthy of a B.  I may have to go back and try it again.  Fully to medium mouthfeel not as drinkable as I was hoping in spite of up front hop flavor the lingering resin does this beer no favors.
Portland Police Department:
 Serving and Protecting the Drunks

GoodLife Brewing Co. - Evil Sister - Imperial Pacific Ale - 8.0 C+ A light amber beer with a a slightly sweet nose, not very noticeable though.  The taste was sweet with a a hot flavor that doesn't stay to long.  It was unique and not something i was able to identify. Very thick and syrupy for an IPA (Im assuming thats the style) I couldn't drink a lot of this beer because its very thick.  This beers description was probably the worst thing I've ever read as far as usefulness.
Think back on the days when your sister tortured you with endless pinching, wet willies and Indian burns.  Evil Sister’s flavors of strong citrus and floral hops balance this beer, but at 8% it will have you cryin’ for your mama!
WTF Goodlife? Descender is so awesome!  I guess their PR department doesn't really reflect the quality of their beer.

Stone Brewing Co. - Stone Delicious IPA - American IPA - 8.3 A- This beer I was one I really wanted to try coming in at 116 IBU according to stone I had to try it on Thursday, because I know it wasn't going to be there when I go off work on Friday.  This dark golden slightly cloudy beer and an amazing citrus and pine aroma.  A very distinctive flavor, with a full mouthfeel.  Pretty drinkable a little sweeter than I would like for an IPA but a great beer.  This used a couple hops Stone has never used before Mosaic and Eldorado.  They tasted awesome.  I had a sip of Whitney's before I had a full glass and thought for sure they had made a perfect beer but when I had a full sampler it wasn't AS good.  But still an amazing beer highly recommend.

Elysian Brewing Co. - Oddland Spiced Pear Ale - Spiced Fruit Beer - 6.5 D+ For some reason the pourer gave me a full glass which I was originally very pleased with, until I tasted this monstrosity.  Cloudy golden beer that was heavily spiced.  No noticeable hops but the pear does come though, finishing off with a light body.  This beer was not really drinkable the spices overpowered the beer I originally gave it a C- but I downgraded to a D+ because I got a full beer and could not finish it. I threw it on the ground!

Collaborator - Smoked Helles - Bamberg Style Helles Rauchbier Lager - 5.9 D+ Light golden color, the aroma was sweet with slightly smokey notes, difficult to pick up. The description says its "a smooth introduction to smoked beers." It was like playing just the tip with a gigantic smokey dong.  I would not drink this beer again but it didn't make me throw up because of the flavor so that's one positive thing I can say about it. 

Dunedin Brewery - Chronicle 11: Subtropical IPA - American Fruited Farmhouse IPA - 7.0 B- Cloudy blonde ale with a unique floral spicy aroma.  This beer was bitter as shit not as pleasant as you would hope for in an IPA the fruitiness from the Nelson hops comes through the second taste was much better than the first.  Medium to light bodied I would drink this beer again but probably not a bunch of them.

Two Beers Brewing Co. - Evo. IPA - American Style IPA - 6.2 B A dark golden, light amber beer smells sweet with light crystal malt notes.  The taste is mildly hoppy but with lots of carmel/crystal malt flavor that comes through, very well balanced. Heavy body but very drinkable.

Silver Moon Brewing - Bone Crusher Imperial Red - Imperial Red Ale - 8.6 A- I was excited for this 100 IBU also.  Dark copper/amber colored this had a very distinct aroma to it but I need to train my nose better to pick out the smell.  This is a great hoppy red reminded me of the Fire Crotch Red that I had made. Fully body very drinkable not SUPER hoppy but you get the point they were trying to make with the hops.

Attack Plan after day 1
Oakshire Brewing Co. - OBF 26 - Imperial Oregon Ale - 7.0 A- A light amber/dark Godlen beer with a dank and musty aroma this beer tastes like simcoe or everything tastes resiny and simcoey to me now. a medium to light body but very drinkable and I liked this beer a lot.

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub - Copperopolis - Copper Ale - 5.1 B- Copper really describes this very clear beer.  No strong aromatics can be picked up maybe a small carmel aroma from the malt.  The flavor is carmel with a strong malt flavor and a medium hop profile.  A medium mouthfeel makes the a very drinkable beer I could probably drink this all night.

Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub - Jackson Sundown - Saison - 6.9 C+  Light copper color with candy aromas At this point my handwriting has devolved to unintelligible chicken scratch.  I can pick up random sentence fragments in there they include "Candy aromas almost candy cane" "Bubble gum when warm"

We went to Paddy's pub to have dinner and finished the evening thoroughly intoxicated.