1834 Main St., Washougal, Wash., 360-335-1008, amnesiabrewz.com. 3-10 pm Monday and Wednesday, 11 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2-9 pm Sunday. Closed Tuesdays during winter.
Amnesia has a habit of living up to its name. It started as patio spot for grilled dogs and burgers in the StormBreaker space on North Mississippi Avenue, then crossed over to Washougal three years ago. In Washington, Amnesia upgraded from hot dogs to barbecue and owner-brewer Kevin King upped his game with an aggressive barrel-aging program. Over the past year, though, the barrels have gone bust, as Amnesia has stopped buying pricey fresh oak. The place is now up for sale—which means you may have only a limited time to get up here for brew and 'cue. Do so.
The Milk of Amnesia milk stout is a beautifully creamy seasonal, the Dusty Trail Pale is clean and fine, and the Slow Train Porter is a nice balance of hop, malt and roast—and that pulled pork they're slinging is seriously some of the best you'll find anywhere near Portland.
Drink this: Lately, the stouts and porters—the classic Slow Train, the vanilla-coffee Freight Train, and that milk stout—were the best we had here.
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