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February 5th, 2014 FRANK JOHNSON | Beer Guide
 

Beer Guide 2014: Harvester

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Harvester

2030 SE 7th Ave., 928-4195, harvesterbrewing.com. Noon-9 pm Thursday-Sunday.

Portland is home to the two best gluten-free beers in the country, according to judges at the Great American Beer Festival. Harvester’s IPA took gold, and you don’t have to be a wheat-abstainer to understand why. Made with roasted ground chestnuts instead of malted barley, Harvester’s lineup of standards (pale ale, dark ale) and experimental one-offs (marionberry, squash ale) are as good as gluten-free gets. The “tasting room” was just a roll-up garage door this time last year, but has a new gastropub with a varied and inventive menu by Bay Area chef Neil Davidson. He designed a menu with pizza, roasted squash with flatbread, a cheese plate and sandwich options including Olympic Provisions salami and hazelnut butter and blackberry jam. FRANK JOHNSTON.

DRINK THIS: Harvester IPAs are all good and hoppy, especially IPA No. 2, which one growler-in-hand customer asked for as “the skunky one.”


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