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Portland

Lookin for a Home

Tomorrow I head out with my commercial realtors from Cresa to look at 5 or 6 potential locations - what will we find? A perfect warehouse space? Former Dairy Queen glory? The remnants of an old meat locker waiting to be restored? I don't know but I'm pumped to get the search officially underway; despite our 58 breweries, Portland still has pockets aching for a killer brewery that also scratches the change-the-world-itch. In brewing news, I've brewed another batch of Rufus Red which is predictably good. I've also been experimenting with some new hops via single-hop pale ales - so far I've done Ahtanum and Delta, I haven't tried the Delta yet but the Ahtanum is really tasty. Session-city with light fruit and floral flavors, it leaves nothing on your tongue but the desire for one more sip....I also brewed a Saison-Wheat-Pale hybrid with Amarillo hops that I modified from Drew Beechum (a Saison wizard) and the two carboys finished at an FG of 1.004 and 1.002! Crazy dry, crazy refreshing and wonderful. Could make a few tweaks, but it just might end up being a staple.

In life news: IMG_0089

I can't believe I'm a dad, it's incredible.

Best Beer Cities

Steve Body puts together a good list here of his top 10+ beer cities, it's worth the read. Tough to swallow only being #2 up here in Bridge City, but I can't argue with the fearsome lineup of excellent breweries San Diego offers. He does point out that PDX offers a better "destination" and wider spectrum, and I fully agree - San Diego has the West Coast IPA, Double IPA, Red IPA thing down pat, and that's a beautiful thing, but they may have something to learn from The Commons, Cascade and Breakside. Just over the hill, Bend was rated #8, despite being a pretty small town, I think that number will rise in the next few years as the newer breweries really get it dialed in.

Thoughts? Any obvious omissions?