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“Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout” from Rogue Ales (Newport)

In the beginning there was toasted barley and oats, and clearly a splash of molasses somewhere along the line. But deeper down the glass, like the travails of a long-forgotten nineteenth-century storybook hero, mystical events were transpiring within my mouth. … Continue reading

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“Maiden The Shade – Specialty Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

As you pour, aromatic, floral hops hit you like pungent freshly picked flowers. As you guzzle, well-defined (but not overpowering) bitterness joins sweet, fresh hops within a juicy, enlivening tide of quasi-IPA benevolence. Yet another formidable and potent (6.8% ABV) … Continue reading

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“Spotless IPA” from Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River)

Why is it once-small breweries who’ve outgrown the “craft” moniker insist on merely dressing up their standard ales with skunky hops and calling them “special releases”? Well, this one’s “special” alright – but not in the way they intended. Essentially, … Continue reading

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“Ginger Beer” from Caldera Brewing Company (Ashland)

If you don’t like ginger, you’ll probably skip this one—but a message for you ginger-haters: first, you’re dumb for not liking ginger since it’s one of the most versatile and delicious substances around, and second, while this beer is certainly … Continue reading

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“Fearless Scottish Ale” from Fearless Brewing Company (Estacada)

I’ve come to expect very little from Scottish ales. They tend to be overly malted and funky-sweet, like a batch of Old English gone wrong. Fearless’ aroma had me fooled too, with its typical malt heaviness, but everything changed the … Continue reading

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“Steam Fired Stout” from Fire Mountain Brew House (Carlton)

Supposedly, Oregon harbors 67 (probably more) hops-obsessed, dangerously thirst-quenching sects, where groups of like-minded workers toil contentedly in secret dank chambers, churning out, like pot-bellied alchemists, the liquid gold that we seek. But, alas, through the arcane manipulations of the … Continue reading

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“Session Premium Lager” from Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River)

These are my beauties. Have you met them? When the sun beams relentless above and the barbecue sizzles and smokes to the thunderous pulse of reggae, I reach for them. And they don’t disappoint. Crisp, refreshing, vaguely sweet maltiness mixes … Continue reading

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“Wry Pale Ale” from Laurelwood Brewing Co. (Portland)

What is pale ale, anyway? Most breweries take the less-is-more route, churning out “safe,” watery varieties typically with a single distinguishable flavor: wheat. Wheat and water: this is what they think of people – that these two generic ingredients are … Continue reading

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“IPA” from Caldera Brewing Company (Ashland)

This is the beer equivalent to a paperback novel about a homicidal clown. Let me explain. As an IPA, I’m obligated to compare it with its hops-rich, tongue-stupefying namesakes. But this doesn’t seem appropriate here. Imagine a Stephen King novel … Continue reading

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“Dead Guy Ale” from Rogue Ales (Newport)

After Widmer hefeweizen and all things Deschutes, Dead Guy is one of the most ubiquitous Oregon beers out there. As such, it’s an innocuous, if not poor, representation of Oregon and Rogue’s oeuvre, which is generally excellent across the board. … Continue reading

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