Review: Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, Portland, OR

Review: Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, Portland, OR Late in 2015 a new brewery opened in SE Portland called Zoiglhaus Brewing. The brewer was from one of our favorite local breweries, Pints Brewing, so we had to go check them out. While it’s a typically not the best idea to visit a newly opened restaurant/brewery right after they open, we took the chance and drove down to SE and test our luck. We are glad that we did the first time, and have been back a few times since as their beer lineup and food is worth the stop if you’re in SE by I-205/SE Foster. You should note that they have a large parking lot on the north end of the building if you can’t find any on-street parking in front. They do have a couple of large dining room areas, bar area, kids play area, and a production room in the back. You can see the brew kettles from the bar area if you look to the NE from it. They were not producing any beer on site when we visited them the first time, but since have started production on site. We have kept track of the beers since …

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Review: Bent Shovel Brewing, Clackamas County, OR

Review: Bent Shovel Brewing, Clackamas County, OR The fourth brewery and final stop for the Sunday, Nov. 20th 2016 expedition was Bent Shovel Brewing located in rural Clackamas county, SE of Damascas just off of the Clackamas River. We again had no idea what to expect when we got there, quickly realized that the brewery was in the barn of the brewers yard. There were chickens running about, a few canopies to sit under, and inside the barn was the production tanks (10bbl system), some swag on the wall, a small bar to order at with the chalkboard of available drafts on it, and they do offer full pints, tasters, growlers, swag, and kegs to go. For a Sunday afternoon, there was a lot of people there inside so we ended up sitting outside under one of the canopies. Also, they don’t have an outside bathroom, but a porta-potty, so if that’s an issue for you, then don’t go. When we went in and talked with the brewer/owner Rick Strauss, he said that he and his friends started home brewing many many years ago and they kept getting great feedback and winning awards/medals for their home brews, so they decided …

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Review: Drinking Horse Brewing Company, Clackamas, OR

Review: Drinking Horse Brewing Company, Clackamas, OR The third brewery we stopped at on our Sunday, Nov. 20th 2016 expedition was Drinking Horse Brewing Company located in Clackamas OR. Clackamas is a suburb to the South East of Portland. You will find this brewery behind the Wichita Pub in an industrial complex/building just off of HW212. Parking isn’t an issue, there’s plenty of that around. Their signage has a little to be desired, so you need to keep an eye out for them when you’re driving through. Like most breweries just starting out, the easiest way to have a taproom is at the production facility. They have a small bar set up and a few random tables and chairs to hang out at while you sample or have a pint. They do have a ping-pong table by the front entrance and some couches to hang out on if you so desire. The brewing production kettles are towards the back, and they do have some barrels that they are doing some aging in along one wall as well. The large chalkboard above the seating area has their lineup, which the day we visited had nine beers listed and a few ‘comming …

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Review: Grixsen Brewing Company, Portland, OR

Review: Grixsen Brewing Company, Portland, OR The second brewery we stopped at on Sunday, Nov. 20th 2016 was Grixsen Brewing Company. They are located in SE Portland off of SE Division St. & 10th. Devin, Stan (the not-so-grumpy-stan) and I were not sure what to expect going out to this brewery, as we had not had their beers before and from what we had seen online, they are doing a pretty decent job of making a wide variety of styles. So, after having lunch at Wayfinder in close-in SE, we drove down to Grixsen (less than 5 min away by car) and found them off of SE Division in an up-in-comming neighborhood. The outside doesn’t look like much, but they do have a couple of rooms you can hang out in, one is the taproom with the bar and tables, the other has a ping-pong table and sofas to hang out in. The production area is back beyond the taproom and is visible from it. The beer list is next to the bar, you can’t miss it. They have a pretty good lineup of beers available by taster, pint, and growler fill. Be it that we went on a Sunday …

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Review: Wayfinder Beer, Portland, OR

Review: Wayfinder Beer, Portland, OR We set out on Sunday 20th November 2016 to visit 4 breweries that were new and unknown to us in the Portland/metro area. The first stop was Wayfinder, they had the best (only) food reviews of the four breweries we intended to visit, so that’s where we started. They are located in the SE industrial district of Portland, about 1/2 a block from Produce Row on on SE 2nd. They have a huge patio and walkup to the front of the brewery/restaurant, and inside, they have a bar area, restaurant area, brewing production area, and overall commercial vibe. The unfortunate thing was that they were not producing beer on site when we visited in Nov. They were doing collaborations with various other breweries, and still are to this day. We were able to find a table in the bar area, and ordered a lineup of tasters of their beers (all 4 of them) and some food for lunch. The menu changes between lunch and dinner, so depending on when you go, it will range from decent ‘top end’ bar food, to really good dinner food. The beer list is quite extensive with imports from Europe …

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2015 BEER DISCOVERY TOUR: KettleHouse Brewing Co., Missoula, MT (July 9th, Brewery Stop #38)

2015 BEER DISCOVERY TOUR: KettleHouse Brewing Co., Missoula, MT (July 9th, Brewery Stop #38) (recovered post) The 38th and final brewery visited during our cross-country beer discovery tour (click to read about the whole trip) was the KettleHouse Brewing Company in Missoula Montana. The Northside Brewery location was our final tour stop for Missoula and the trip, unfortunately they were not pouring when we arrived. Luckily I’ve been to this and their downtown south location on a prior trip to Missoula and had experienced the beers before. If you go to Missoula, make sure you get to the breweries prior to 8pm. By law, breweries/taprooms are not allowed to serve after 8pm, but can do growler fills until 9pm. I know this doesn’t make sense, but that’s how it is. We finished up our dinner and sampling at Flathead Lake and did the quick drive up to KettleHouse thinking we’d get there in time, but we didn’t. As you can see from the pictures, they are located in an old shipping terminal along the railroad tracks. It’s kind of a hard place to get to if you don’t have navigation, so make sure you have that or a good map. …

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