Here’s some latest news among craft breweries in Portland, a city named by CNN as the best beer city in the world.
Barelic Brewing Company located in on 2235 SE 11th Portland just north of Division Street, affords one to be close to the nightlife without the crowded throngs venturing to this latest Portland hot spot. Since opening on June 28, 2014, this brewery joined area brewers Commons Brewery and Ground Breaker Brewing to form what they jokingly refer to as the Beermuda Triangle. At present this is a a 21 an over establishment with plans to expand their food menu in the future. Stop by happy hour for a $4.00 pint where the bartenders promise they serve 16 ounces in a 20 ounce glass thus ensuring one receives a full pint of beer. Check out their selection of year round beers such as their Cavalier classic cream ale made with Himalayan Basmati Rice or one of their seasonal or experimental beers. They will be at the Holiday Ale Fest with The Great Bear NW Red Ale, a full bodied blend of sweet candied malt flavors with spicy, piney and citrus hops aged on beechwood taken from Baerlic’s tasting room buildout.
Moving to North Portland, Ex Novo Brewing Company (2326 N Flint Avenue) opened in July 2014 as a neighborhood hangout situated east of Mississippi Avenue away from the heavy traffic. With a brewmaster hailing from Norway, they offer traditional beers such as their Scottish Red along with a whiskey and scotch menu. A family friendly menu makes this the prefect place to stop by for a family night out while the happy hour menu attracts those adults looking for a place to chill. As noted on their website, “they exist to blend fine craft beer with positive social change.” Hence, they are committed to donating 100% of their net profits to organizations working to enact positive social change both locally in Portland, as well as more global endeavors. Those going to the Holiday Ale Fest can sample their Moonstriker, a Mexican Chocolate Baltic Porter created in collaboration with Moonstruck Chocolate that features subtle notes of Mexican hot chocolate with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, chilies and chocolate.
Venturing on the Historic Mississippi Avenue district, StormBreaker Brewing (832 N. Beech Street) will be having their first ever bottle release party open to the public on Tuesday, November 25th at 5pm. They will be bottling their Mississippi Dry Hopped Red, Total ReKolsch, and their Winter Coat Warmer, a special brew made for the cool winter months. As per their description of Winter Coat: “Chocolate Malt and Special B insulation keeps you warm while your mouth on the glass prevents any snow or sleet from getting in. Features like fuggle hops, sterling hops, and sweet orange peel set this Winter Coat apart. During this party, they will have their DJ spinning and will have some StormBreaker giveaways like new winter beanies and ball caps. then at 8pm, they will show Total Recall on the big screen as they drink their Total ReKolsch in their little beer hall.
Then moving to the Northwest region of Portland, Kells Brew Pub (210 NW 21st Avenue) announces the addition of Travis Stark as its new head chef who has launched a refurbished rustic menu designed to appeal to all ages. Among his updated items includes “Wee Plates” which features all new items like salmon cakes with a chipotle remoulade & house made pickles; house-made falafel fritters served with tzatziki; and bacon wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese. In addition to featuring traditional Irish favorites, Stark also prepared some vegetarian and gluten-free options. Also they have been expanding their beer lineup and will be featuring MIC Stout AKA Boom Roaster Coffee at the Holiday Ale Fest. This Imperial Milk Stout starts with a robust head of rich chocolate and notes of brown sugar. The mouthfeel is smooth and fu-bodied, with notes of vanilla and a mild sweetness of caramelized sugar. This beer finishes with roasty notes and acidity from the Sidamo coffee from Ristretto Roasters that layer into a hint of light berry (think blue) with a touch of warming alcohol.
Keep abreast of the latest beers on tap in Portland and select other cities with Brew Notice, a smartphone app that allows beer lovers to get announcements via text messages or emails. Whenever a new beer is on tap. According to their estimates, about ten beers get tapped daily. Depending on one’s interest and time constraints, one can email notifications immediately, daily at 4pm or weekly.