701 E Burnside St., 946-8151, burnsidebrewco.com. 11 am-10 pm Sunday-Tuesday, 11 am-11 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday.
[NORMCORE] Burnside Brewing used to be
known best for the oyster one-offs and uni goofballs and especially its
perennial Sweet Heat, a refreshing Scotch bonnet apricot beer that
inspires deep loyalty in some. And sure, they still plop an improvised
firkin onto the bar once every few weeks, and the seasonals usually
outnumber the regulars. Natalie Baldwin—the winning homebrewer at
Willamette Week's 2014 Pro-Am festival—recently came on as a brewer,
kicking out a bourbon-aged strawberry-chocolate stout for Valentine's
Day. But the classics are also getting a bit more attention lately. The
Burnside IPA will join fast-selling lawn-mower brew Couch Lager in cans
this year. The brewery's been making its barleywine long enough it's now
blending batches; a two-year Whiteout mixed vintages aged in port and
bourbon barrel for a beautifully warm, balanced result. And the new
Other IPA, a four-hop blend thick with juicy Mosaic, is splendid when
fresh. Not everything succeeds—a cranberry stout was unpleasantly sour, a
strong bitter slightly hollow—but four years into life, Burnside is
shedding the novelty act and taking on some depth.
DRINK THIS: If you can get hold of it, try the Mutter, a lightly salted and uncoriandered gose that ends up tasting like a really friendly version of Berliner Weiss.