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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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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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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #19 & #18

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #19 and #18 in the countdown!   #19: Devil’s Backbone Pumpkin Hunter Producer: Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co; Roseland, VA Beer Name: Pumpkin Hunter Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 5.1% Appearance: Clear amber, very little head Aroma: Lots of pumpkin meat, hints of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with very little head. The aroma is filled with lots of true pumpkin fruit with hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Like the aroma, the beer has a lot of pumpkin fruit taste with just faint hints of spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. It is medium-bodied, but this complements the style and flavor of this beer perfectly. Normally I like a beer with a heavier body but this is one of the more solid pumpkin beers that I have had this year. There is no …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #25 & #24

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #25 and 24 in the countdown! #25: Terrapin Pumpkinfest Producer: Terrapin Beer Company; Athens, GA Beer Name: Pumpkinfest Price Range: $3.49/bottle (12 oz.) ABV: 6.1% Appearance: Deep hazy amber Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy amber with a foamy white head that dissipates but a ring remains at the top of the glass. The aroma is strong with cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of ginger, but not much actual pumpkin fruit. The taste is slightly sweet and has hints of pumpkin up front with a strong finish of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s important to note that this beer is a lager so it does pack a lighter body than most ales. This tastes like a cross between an Oktoberfest beer and a pumpkin beer, which I guess is what Terrapin was trying to accomplish. It’s an interesting take …

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