Round Two #1\Second Pint PP

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.

Pfriem Brut IPASo 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.

Not The Best Idea

I can’t say that I’m a fan of the notion of a ‘shower beer’. There’s something inherently wasteful, to me, about drinking a beer while showering. But that’s my thing; you do you.

However, don’t do you while drinking this, I say. At 10% ABV, that is astronomically high for a beer that you drink in hot water. You’ll be a wreck!

A Tale of Two Countries

First, we have this fascinating essay on the brewing scene in North Korea. Knowing so little about the country, I still find this to be a cool window into a place I will likely never get to visit. (Also,I would like to learn how to say “maekju” because the term “maekju roulette” is amazing).

By contrast, I present this article on Japan’s craft beer scene. I’m not exactly sure you can call it craft, since a chunk of the article is about how the major players have reacted quickly to changing trends, and started developing a variety of ales, but it is an example about how things are different from the USA.