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Spring Break: Portland, Day 3

Our third day in Portland featured lots of walking, but the thing with Portland is that everything is really walkable. We walked from our hotel in downtown pioneer district all the way to Mississippi district and we still only walked about 3 miles, never in dangerous areas. So we learned that you can walk from downtown to Mississippi district, but you will be walking for a long time if you do. We eventually made it to what turned out to be one of my favorite places in Portland, Ecliptic Brewing. Ecliptic Brewing Company 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227 Well, it’s certainly out there but I suspect that is how they like it. Ecliptic featured some of the best beer I had in Portland, including their Hypernova triple IPA and their Orbiter IPA. Their Orange Giant barleywine and Oort Imperial Stout also hit the spot, as well as a massive 1/2-pound …

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 2

Day 2 of my Portland trip featured more of the same from day #1… great food and great beer. After an amazing breakfast featuring a chorizo burrito and French toast with huckleberry jam at Tasty n Alder, and great coffee at Barista, we headed over the bridge into East Portland to see what this area had to offer. The first place we hit was Burnside Brewery. Burnside Brewery 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 So we started off the day here and I thought it would be a great idea to get a taster tray of all their beer. Turns out, that might not have been the best idea. Their taster tray consisted of 18-4 oz taster (in case you’re keeping track at home, that’s 4.5-12 oz beers). Here’s what that looked like: Right. I had some work to do. I sipped each of these very slowly, but some …

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 1

I know it’s been a while since I wrote anything, and there’s a ton to tell about Virginia craft beer. But for now, I’m in Portland with the wife for spring break so I only thought it appropriate to write about my experiences at the many, many amazing breweries out in the Pacific Northwest. My first day featured visits to Voodoo Doughnut, Deschutes, Fat Head’s, 10 Barrel, and Rogue Public House. Voodoo Doughnut 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 OK, so this place is probably touristy as hell, but it was amazing. It’s a tiny little doughnut shop that accepts cash only but the doughnuts are incredible. I got the pot hole, which was a bar doughnut with chocolate icing topped with Oreo crumbles and stuffed with cream. It was delicious and I could barely finish the whole thing by myself. I paired it with a nice Stumptown coffee …

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling

With just one day left, Boulevard’s staple IPA makes an appearance. With just one day left, Boulevard's staple IPA makes an appearance. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling 2015-12-23 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Boulevard The Calling - 87 87 87 Points Boulevard's big, bitter, resiny IPA is surprisingly light-bodied and drinkable User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA

On the 10th day, an IPA from one of my favorite San Diego breweries. On the 10th day, an IPA from one of my favorite San Diego breweries. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA 2015-12-20 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review AleSmith IPA - 93 93 93 Points AleSmith's IPA is a juicy, piney, resinous treat. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 7: Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom

Day 7 of 12 Beers is a juicy citra IPA from New England, complete with pop culture references. Day 7 of 12 Beers is a juicy citra IPA from New England, complete with pop culture references. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 7: Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 7: Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom 2015-12-15 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Evil Genius Stacy's Mom - 92 92 92 Points Evil Genius' Stacy's Mom has got it goin' on with juicy citrus hop flavor. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 3: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red

On the third day, I got another fresh new beer from the Pacific northwest. On the third day, I got another fresh new beer from the Pacific northwest. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 3: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 3: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red 2015-12-11 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Ninkasi Dawn of the Red - 91 91 91 Points Ninkasi's Dawn of the Red packs a surprisingly bitter punch, but I like it. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA

Quick Pour: Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA Quick Pour: Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA 2015-10-02 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA - 93 93 93 Points This big, citrusy hop bomb from Mikkeller is surprisingly drinkable and surprisingly American for a foreign IPA. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous

Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous 2015-09-28 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Founders reDANKulous - 94 94 94 Points Founders delivers a deliciously sweet and hoppy red ale that won gold at GABF. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Lickinghole Creek Nuclear Nugget

Producer: Lickinghole Creek Brewery; Goochland, VA Style: Imperial IPA Price Range: $15 / bottle (25.4 oz) ABV: 10.5% Appearance: Deep golden, foamy white head Aroma: Pine, earthy, honey, citrus Virginia Pour House Review: Lickinghole Creek Brewery in southern Virginia releases a hop bomb every summer called Nuclear Nugget. I picked up a bottle at my local beer shop a couple weeks back and thought it would be perfect to drink this beast on National IPA Day. This thing checks in at a hefty 10.5% and 105 IBU, and is brewed with tons of Centennial and Nugget hops, along with local clover honey to attempt to take the bite off the hops a bit. The beer pours a deep golden color with a healthy, foamy, white head. The aroma is earthy and piney, with a hint of sweetness from the honey. The big earthy notes of the Nugget hops burst forth immediately upon …

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