A few weeks ago I visited my dad in Portland and on the weekend’s agenda: a brew bus tour! Little did I know, I would leave PDX with a degree.
I graduated from the College of Brew Knowledge!
If you’re in the Portland area and like a) BEER, b) drinking BEER, and c) learning about BEER, reserve a spot on The Portland BrewBus. With the BrewBus comes a designated, knowledgeable tour guide for 4-5 hours. The BrewBus stops at approximately 4 breweries (depending on time) and with somewhere over 40+ microbreweries in Portland, there’s plenty of places you’ll have to come back again to see. Included in the $45 fee:
– the tour
– the beer samples
– an appetizer
– a Personal Sampling Scorecard
I would totally do the BrewBus Tour again, especially to check out four other microbreweries we didn’t see.
Our BrewBus stopped at:
Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd.
Favorite beer: You’d think I’d remember the first place the best but my memory is already foggy. I enjoyed the HUB I.P.A. and the Hoppers I.P.A. (nothing in my notes suggest otherwise). The Velvet ESB which means Extra Special Bitter turned people off to the beer so they instead call it their new ESB meaning “English Session Beer.” This one was our Hopworks brew master’s favorite.
Least favorite: Seven-Grain Survival Stout. It tasted too much like coffee.
Amnesia Brewing, 32 North Beech Street
McTarnahan’s Tap Room, 2730 NW 31st at Industrial
They make Pyramid Brewery/Magic Hat/N.A. Independent
Favorite beer: It might have been the Seasonal Beer (Sno-Cap)… but I can’t remember.
Least favorite: Apricot Ale. I like my apricots beer-less.
Lucky Labrador Brewery, 909 SE Hawthorne
Solar powered beer!
Favorite beer: I think we only had one or two beers here. Maybe the Pale Ale?
Least favorite: I don’t recall.