Day 71 – HUB, Cascade Brewing, Amnesia, and Deschutes in Portland, OR

Total biked – 3319

Days to Party: 4

11/9/2009 With a full itinerary, we woke on the early side and got our day started. Anders and Sara went to experience the joys of brunch at Gravy that they had missed the day before, while Caroline and Tracy went on a 4 mile run to the rock climbing gym, with plans to meet at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) at noon.  HUB is a very bike-centric brewery thanks to the combined passions of Christian, owner and brewmaster.  The very modern and aesthetically awesome brewpub is filled with bicycle parts and memorabilia. Christian was even sporting some badass cuts and scrapes from his recent cyclo-cross race as he went over the descriptions of the very tasty and extensive sampler tray.

Alex met us there and got to take part in the tour, and then was nice enough to drive us to our next destination, Cascade Brewing (located at the Raccoon Lodge). Cascade Brewing is the utopia of American sour beers. Barrel after barrel is lined up aging to perfection, and while our uber talented and gloriously entertaining host, Ron, whet our palettes with Cascade’s more traditional (and delicious!) beers, we were all excited to get to the brewery’s specialty. Sour beers have become a team favorite, and we had one of our best brewery experiences here! Ron was liberally uncorking barrels and we had chances to layer different beers, making each sip and taste experimental and exciting. We all had a great time, and after over three hours of tasting, we were especially thankful to have Alex to drive us!

Anders and Sara had left their bikes at Hopworks, so they were dropped back off to retrieve them, while Tracy and Caroline headed back to the apartment. From this point on, the bike and brew crew decided to divide and conquer—Sara and Anders headed to Amnesia Brewing Co. and Tracy and Caroline had plans to meet up with some Portland beer lovers and brewers at Deschutes Brewery.  The girls were picked up by Dave Constant, a friend of Zach Turner, whom we met at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. He had gone to school in Portland, and passed on Dave’s contact info for when we’d be in town.  Dave is an accomplished brewer himself, and not only did he generously give us a ride, he also offered us sips of his freshly made grappa! We had a great time hanging out at Deschutes where we were joined by some awesome people—Rick from WEND magazine, Katie Brown of Beer Northwest, Chris Hodge from Columbia Distributing, Dave’s friend Ben, and our housemate for the weekend, Shawn. Stories were told, laughs were shared, and it was a great ending to a jam-packed day in the life of a bike and brewer.

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Cascade Soures, yum

Cascade Soures, yum

Ron pouring us sours from the barrel

Ron pouring us sours from the barrel

Biking and brewing lovers unite!

Biking and brewing lovers unite!


 
 
 

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