753-5975, humblebrewing.com. By appointment only.
[HARD TO FIND] Humble Brewing has stayed true to its name
for some time. As I stand in the middle of the North Portland garage
that houses a 1.5-barrel Blichmann system, co-owner Scott Davis tells me
to spin in a circle. "That's pretty much the tour," he says. It becomes
apparent that despite year-over-year sales growth, steady demand for
kegs from high-end taphouses like Bailey's, and an in-demand, spicy and
sessionable Saaz-hopped French saison, Humble isn't angling to become
the new Commons. In the days of immediate, all-in, life-altering
business plans, it makes sense that a pair of wife-and-kid types might
not feel rushed to take the plunge. We wish they would though.
DRINK THIS: Anything you can find, but be particularly on the lookout for the Gonzilla IIPA—it's fabled to be amazing.