Portland brewery tour operator Brewvana recently ran a media tour that stopped at five of new or and in-the-works breweries. Many local brewers are building their reputations on exotic, sometimes esoteric brews but not the first stop on the tour, Pints Brewing Co., where brewmaster Zach Beckwith's brewing program strives to be a throw-back to the golden age of microbrewing.
He sounds like a college basketball coach, preaching complete mastery of the fundamentals. "Other menus look more like a soup list than a beer list,â he said.
The first beer he poured for guests was actually the Oregon Special Bitter he concocted at his former post at Lompoc. A riff on a classic ESB (Extra Special Bitter), it'll be known at Pints as Pints Tavern Ale. At 4.2% ABV, it's quite sessionable. Enjoy your first pint of Pints by the end of March*.
In contrast, The Commons Brewery (nee Beetje), which happens to be another tour stop, recently opened its small tasting room at SE Stephens and 10th. Its debut in bottles happens March 24 at high noon.
The first bottles released will be Brotherly Love, âA variation of our Little Brother Belgian dark strong ale... matured in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with red tart cherries and roasted Peruvian cocoa nibs.â
There will only be 150 bottles on sale so expect a quickly dispersing line. No use waiting in line for a beer that's already sold out, right?
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If you're sick of brand new breweries or ones within walking or biking distance, spend St. Paddy's Day somewhere truly greenâthe Gorgeâand hop on that Brewvana bus (its name is Angel) for a ride out to Hood River to celebrate one of our favorite Oregon breweries, Double Mountainâpurveyors of our favorite IPAâfor their fifth anniversary (that almost qualifies them as veterans). While revered for their beer and hailed for their pizza, taking center stage at the party will be a live performance by the Meat Puppets.