Winter/early spring is that time of year when I abandon my love of wine and dive into the wheat-y, filling, delightfully diverse world of beers. And ho-momma did I get a lot of new beers under my belt (St. Patty’s day and camping will do that to a lady).
Normally I take my time and explain each one, but today we’re just going to hit two high-lights because there are FAR too many to talk about each one.
While visiting Portland, Oregon, I had the pleasure of meeting my friend Blake’s cousins, Brett and Laurie, and their adorable kids. Brett and Laurie were the most awesomest couple that ever were and I want to be them some day. They kept bees in their backyard garden, bought entire animals to eat, made things like head-cheese and had the most beautiful and quirky (purple!!) Victorian in the neighborhood. We had dinner at their house, and we were invited to drink some of Brett’s home-made brews. He served us a Belgian, a lager and a stout.
Of course they were amazing, and I would repeatedly purchase that Belgian if Brett sold it. So delish.
Another highlight from my Winter-long beer journey was a beer that I actually hated and loved simultaneously. Every sip was, “What is happening in my mouth right now??!” I didn’t understand it. It confused me. I hated the taste and yet I wanted more. I suppose curiosity will do that to you. This beer was called Strubbe’s Flemish Red Ale.
I can tell you right now I will never buy this beer again but it was an experience I fully appreciate. It was tart, very tart. Like an actual tart. Fruity and sweet and a little bit sour. Interesting stuff.
So with those highlights, here is my winter/spring-long list:
- Poppy Jasper
- Strubbe’s Flemish Red Ale
- Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
- New Belgium Trippel with Coriander
- Pyramid Heffeweizen
- Kona Brewing Co.’s Coco Loco Toasted Coconut Brown Ale
- Stella Artois
- Bridgeport Hop Czar
- Harp Lager
- Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber
- Blue Moon Sunshine Citrus Blonde
- Smithwick’s Irish Ale
- Gordon Biersch Maibock
- Mirror Pond Pale Ale
- Rogue Brewery’s Dead Guy Ale
- Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale
- Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat Beer
- Shiner Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal with Ginger
- Brett’s homemade Lager
- Brett’s homemade Stout
- Brett’s homemade Belgian
I’m over half-way to the finish line! I have to thank Casey and Josh for hosting St. Patty’s day and buying variety packs of beers. You guys really helped my little list along!