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Zwicklemania 2020

Another Zwicklemania. This time we headed out of downtown Portland to the fringe areas off Sellwood, Milwaukee and Oregon City. I was not sure how they would handle Zwicklemanian out in this fringe area so this was and exploratory. We had planned on more of us going but a late season flue bug fell two of our members so it was just Mike, Audre and myself this year. Our first stop was at Breakside brewery. We had a little wait for our tour so we tried a sample tray of their beer. We only found one that was really notable. Unfortunately they were having some concrete work being done in the brewery so we could not do a full tour. We had a chance view it from afar but they made there warehouse the main tour. The warehouse crew went nuts with stringing light to make the place exciting and their black-light and old poster bathroom was a hit. Our guide gave us a tour of all of the support activities the warehouse gives the brewery.

Our next stop was to drive down to Oregon City and we made our first stop at Coin Toss Brewery. It was a small mom and pop operation that was keeping the spirit of Zwicklemania alive. The brewer was pouring two samples off the Zwickle. It was a nice simple set up, no crowds and a more mature group. The next stop was just a short distance away the Hive Taproom. The place has a brewery set up lining the back of the space where Shattered Oak is brewing. It was an interesting arrangement where small brewers come in and use the equipment and are able to put their beers on tap. They had two sample to try. After that we were off to Oregon City Brewery. We had some great barreled age beers here before so was excited to see there opperation. We tried some small pours of four of their forty beer they had on tap before our tour began. Their young brewer gave one of the best tours we all agreed we had ever had and was open to answering question after the tour. They do small batches just for their taproom so are always rotating what they are offering.

After this we were off to our last stop at Unicorn Brewery in Sellwood. This place has a taproom and home brew supplies up stair and a small brew yourself area in the basement. They do some of there own brews for the taproom and custom brewing for a few pubs around town. We finished up the day at Double Mountain Taproom with some pub grub. Overall they did a better job of keeping the Zwicklemania spirit going out in this area then we have been experiencing downtown.

Pelican Pub & Brewery

On a search for Bayocean, “the city that fell into the sea”, Lori and I stopped in at Pelican Pub & Brewery in Tillamock. The pub and brewery is located in a warehouse in the Tillamock industrial area. They carved out a corner of the warehouse for the pub (more the feel of a tasting room). In seating in the pub you are seating in the brewery. Lori had a pint of one of their IPAs and I had their stout. We also did a small chicken and fries to nibble on. All was fine and since there is not another brew pub with in 50 miles we were lucky this on was here. So if you are in Tillamock and looking for a brew pub to go to this is it.

Road Trip Eugene

So Jeanette has decide Ninkasi is her favorite brewery and we need to do a brewery tour. So she organized a road trip to Eugene to tour the brewery and try out some other brew pubs while we were there. So I was initially not that excited about driving a hundred miles to tour another brewery not much different then the forty some I have already been to. Boy was I wrong. Ninkasi is the biggest brewery operation I have seen. And to find it in Eugene, even more of a surprise. We met up with Mike and Audrey at the Ninkasi tasting room at noon and soon began our tour. Another surprise was Matt our tour guide. First time I have had a brewery guide who was highly informed on all aspects of the brewery. Matt first took us through what had been their old brew house and still handles their smaller batch production. Then we walked across the street to the new brew house. The place is big and definitely on the regional scale if not larger. It was new and shiny and very automated. After being wowed by the tour we return to Ninkasi’s tasting room to try all of their beers. Out of ten beers Jeanette finally found a few she did not like. Which according to Matt was good as it meant they were still pushing the boundaries. From Ninkasis we head on to try some some other breweries in the area.

After a short walk we arrive at Hop Valley. Here we did another sample tray and had a little something to munch on. I was starting to see a trend here on the beer. The IPAs were fine but when it came to darker beers they just did not get it. So another short walk to Oakshire tasting room and another sample try. Again IPAs OK but as you move away from that not so good. Another short walk to our last brewpub Steelhead. This was the first brewpub to open in Eugene when a brewpub was a new idea. It was opening just as I was moving to Portland. This time we were ready for food and this place has a complete menu. The beer was old recipes and just so so but the food was good. So ended out Eugene visit. An land of IPA brewing but not a place for porters and stouts and other dark beers. Time for that long drive back to Portland.