The more beer I try in other parts of the country, the more I realize that I am not addicted to all forms of hops. I haven’t yet figured out the specifics but from what I can tell I really like certain grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hop flavors that have become common in San Diego. Most of the IPAs I tried in Portland were pretty disappointing, probably because the northwest style of IPA isn’t really my thing. It turns out I don’t really like cascade when done in a certain way and I really hate Australian hops.
Though I try to be objective at times in my reviews it is ultimately all about taste. I tasted a few beers during my time in Portland that I thought were quite impressive but they weren’t from the places I expected to find them. In this 10-part series of posts, I will provide an overview of the multiple breweries and beers I was able to taste while vising Portland from May 24 to May 27. Though I tried to hit all the major breweries, I probably missed one or two that you love. Still, in the interests of respecting myself and the beers that I tasted, I didn’t ever visit more than 3 breweries in a single day.
Come follow me on this journey and see an outsider’s view of the Portland beer scene. What I write may be contrary to the established tastes of locals and may surprise a few people but it is my honest assessment. I will split each part so that no post becomes overly long or overly short. So sit back, relax, and crack open a beer because this is going to be a long series.