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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 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: Stone/Ecliptic/Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA

Stone’s latest entry in their collaboration series includes contributions from Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, Oregon and Wicked Weed in Asheville, North Carolina. It is not clear by the description what each brewer contributed to this beer, but it is highly complex. This is a blend of two beers: a hoppy double IPA and a Belgian tripel. The tripel was transferred into barrels that originally housed red wine and were subsequently used to age tequila. After four months, the tripel was blended with the freshly-brewed IPA at one-fourth tripel to three-fourths IPA. It is definitely unlike anything I have ever heard of. Onto the review! Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA; Ecliptic Brewing; Portland, OR;  Wicked Weed; Asheville, NC Style: Double IPA/Belgian Tripel/Barrel-Aged Beer Price Range: $10-12 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 9.5% Appearance: Clear, deep golden, small white head Aroma: Grass, straw, spice, coriander, grapefruit, orange, wheat Virginia Pour House …

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Beer Review: Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

    Deschutes Black Butte XXVI Producer: Deschutes Brewery; Bend, Oregon Beer Name: Black Butte XXVI Style: Imperial Porter Price Range: $15-17 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 10.8% Appearance: Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: This beer from Deschutes promises to be a highly complex one with a description that reads: “Ale brewed with pomegranate molasses with 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with ale with cocoa nibs and cranberry added.” Whoa, that’s a lot of different things going on at once. Let’s break this down. It’s brewed with pomegranate molasses, which is apparently just a fancy way to say pomegranate juice. It comes from pomegranate juice boiled down into a thicker, syrupy substance. The beer itself is 50% aged in bourbon barrels and 50% brewed with cocoa nibs, which I’m assuming is a fresh batch. Finally, there is cranberry added, which I’m guessing was added post-brew in the fermentation phase, …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #4-6

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #4-6 in the countdown!    #6: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Producer: Dogfish Head Brewery; Milton, DE Beer Name: Punkin Ale Price Range: $8 / 4-pack (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Clear amber, small foamy head Aroma: Pumpkin, very slight hints of pumpkin spice Virginia Pour House Review: This beer was poured from my kegerator, so it’s not technically a bottle review. I just couldn’t turn it down when I saw it at Total Wine. The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with a nice one-finger foamy head forming that only dissipates upon sipping. The aroma is sharp with lots of pumpkin fruit and not much spice. Pumpkin fruit dominates the taste with only slight hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar spice in the finish. This beer has a maltier body that can support the large amount of pumpkin flavor. This is simply one of …

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Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean vs. XS Old Crustacean

Let me get one thing out of the way. I’m not a huge fan of Rogue’s beers in general. I have had a few fantastic beers from Rogue, but the rest have been very average and all of them have been overpriced. However, when I got two bottles of Rogue for my birthday recently I thought it would be fun to pit them against each other since they are similarly named. The beers are Old Crustacean, a strong barleywine that has been around for a while, and New Crustacean, a fairly new offering by Rogue that is supposed to be… Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean vs. XS Old Crustacean Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean vs. XS Old Crustacean 2014-05-19 Virginia Pour House Review Overview Rogue New Crustacean - 85 Rogue XS Old Crustacean - 80 83 82.5 Virginia Pour House Rating User Rating: Be the first one ! Let me …

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