Time for a new theme!
I’ve been thinking (and writing) quite a bit, lately about how flighty the craft beer scene can be. I’m guilty of it, myself; always looking to try a new beer instead of appreciating something I have. To that end, I thought a good way to counteract this would be to head out and have the same drink twice. This way, I compel myself to take a deeper dive on the drink and evaluate it.
Plus, most places in Portland offer different sized pours now. That means I can maintain an even keel, while still enjoying a broader experience.
So with that, let’s kick it all off with Pfriem’s Brut IPA.
The first glass is like a lot of these Brut IPAs; champagne is nearest relative, not IPAs. A dry finish, with not much in the nose for me to hook on to. Part of that has to do with the location: I love the Slingshot Lounge, but they pour their beers for people who want beer, not for people who want to enjoy the subtle qualities of their beer.
All the more reason to have a second one! It is on the second pint that the hops start to make their presence known, and some genuine bitterness makes its way through the dryer, fruit qualities of this ale. I have a feeling I will see a lot more Brut IPAs as summer comes on, as they are light on the palate and the overall bitterness impression is lower, so I could probably drink a few. The ABV on this is just under 6%, which means it’s definitely got some repeat business qualities.
Today’s second pint goes to Planned Parenthood.