Common Ales: MacTarnahan’s Amber

MacTarnahan's AmberWhen was the last time you had a MacTarnahan’s tho’?

I picked this up because it’s the equivalent of comfort food. MacTarnanhan’s has been a staple in Portland since I moved here 20 years ago. But also: it’s what people see in a store, and it’s been awhile since I dove into one.

The nose emphasizes the malt-it’s not quite bread but I certainly recognize it as a cousin to bread. The beer is on the sweeter side, with a little caramel malt in the middle to give it something. It feels thin though, even for a 5% beer. I’m not sure why that’s the case however it’s really the only detriment.

There’s a pleasant (but not overpowering by any means) hop bite on the finish to keep the caramel from running away with it all, and the effervescence does a decent job of cleaning everything away.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel just irks me. I wouldn’t refuse one! But I don’t know that I’d seek it out.

Front Porch Chats #15\Second Pint DVRC

Happy birthday, America. Breonna Taylor’s killers are still unaccountable for their actions.

Honestly, if America isn’t breaking your heart every damn day, then you probably ain’t Americaning right. It’s full of promises, America is, and we’s not done much to live up to them.

I’d accept well intentioned fucked ups by America, and I’d even be willing to live with errors via ignorance. Those things can be worked with.

But this country is over 200 years old and we damn well ought to know a few things.

For example; fascism is bad. Racists are cowards and should not be heard. Money hoarders should not override the needs of the people. Big banks, big tech and big media run roughshod over the rights of citizens and should be shattered like a glass you throw against a brick wall. People are people, regardless of race, creed, gender. No exceptions. Corporations are not people. I don’t want to have to fight a war to prove that one, but I wonder if we might.

Henhouse Juiced raspberry goseAnd share your beer with people. From a distance. There’s a pandemic on-not even our first, so we REALLY ought to know better-and things will be vastly improved if we respect our distances and share what we can. Be kind. Always lead with being kind. Plenty of time to be mean later.

So, this is a Juiced! Ale from Henhouse brewing-a gose with raspberry.

I’m of the opinion that gose should probably always be brewed with a tart fruit like this. Because what I really have here is raspberry beer. It’s tart, then sweet, then tart again and it smells and tastes like raspberries.

Personally, I’m in for that. I can see where other people might not be-this doesn’t really meet a lot of the traditional flavors for beer. However, neither do hazy IPAs and those are popular.

This is just straight up raspberries and alcohol. I like it.

Today’s second pint goes to the Domestic Violence Resource Center.

First Quarter IPA

first quarter IPAExcellent nose; really get the dank scents from the hops. They seem to fade rapidly, which is a tiny drawback, and a surprising too. The head of this beer is thin, but steady so I’d hoped I would be more from that.
Still, a persistent head is a good sign, and pays off by helping clear some of the bitterness of the finish away.
You might notice that it’s a bit darker than your standard IPA; this is because I have continued with last year’s attempts at Sierra Nevada’s Resilance IPA which called for some caramel malts, giving it both the reddish hue and some sweetness.
I should definitely try this without the caramel malts, just to produce a ‘classic’ style.
However, this is a solid beer; again, one of the better ones I’ve made and I absolutely contribute that to the expedience with which I took to bottling this beer-and not putting it into secondary for a hop addition. Less exposure to the elements has made for a better beer.
Brew date: 4.11.20

Steeping grains
2 lb Dark honey
1.5 lb C30
5 lb Serenade paleFermentables: 4 lb ExLME

Hops
2 oz Centennial, .5 oz Columbus, 1 oz Magnum @60
1 oz Magnum, .5 oz Columbus @30

Yeast: Imperial House (3rd use)

OG: 1.07

FG: 1.01

Added 1 oz Columbus on 4.14

Bottled: 4.18

ABV: 8.1%