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February 5th, 2014 12:01 am LYLA ROWEN | Beer Guide

Beer Guide 2014: StormBreaker




832 N Beech St., 971-832-9722, stormbreakerbrewing.com. Noon-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Sunday.

Amnesia Brewing has forsaken its brewpub on Mississippi Avenue, moving full-time into its year-old Washougal production brewery. Former Amnesia brewer and Produce Row bartender Rob Lutz is opening StormBreaker Brewery in its place. Taking its moniker from Mount Hood’s reputation for breaking through clouds with its peak, the brewery has a large covered patio and an array of sessionable beers that encourages friends to hang around for a while. Ambitiously, StormBreaker will open with six beers on tap and a whiskey-dominant cocktail menu. Lutz is excited about the Mississippi Red, a caramelly dry-hop red that uses Citra hops. The rest of the beers are highly drinkable and delicious without being too experimental. Lutz said balance is a theme for the beers. The grand opening is set for February, with minor interior changes, rebranding and a new food menu. LYLA ROWEN.

DRINK THIS: Opacus Stout. At 5.1-percent ABV, this stout is dark and roasty without filling you up. Unlike some heavier stouts, there is no burnt taste.

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