Finally we landed, yesterday, in PDX, Portland International Airport in Oregon. Mission: to find out how the West Cost of USA does beer, bars and breweries.
Perhaps also we'll do some skiing.
Ted and family met us at the airport and we were quickly whisked off to find our digs for that night so we could dump our luggage. Then search for a brew pub for lunch. This was not difficult as Portland is reputed be the city with the most breweries in the whole world. Totaling 28 breweries. But this is America where everything is bigger and better.
Except their pint, oh and gallon.
Roots brewing company is typical of the Portland brew pubs in that the brewery is clearly visible from the bar.
Later that day we visited Amnesia. The smell of the boiling copper was very pronounced. The owner very kindly invited me right past the "EMPLOYEES ONLY" sign into the heart of the brewery to take pictures.
Several other pubs were visited and much beer sampled. The beer community here likes heavily hopped beers. After a while I was pleased to get a more malty beer at Horse Brass Pub until Ted decided to have a Racer 5 which had an incredible orange peal nose and really nice very definite orange taste.
We then visited Bridge Port Brewing company, which seemed like it had gone too far down the wine bar look with all bricks and steelwork making it feel very impersonal. Finally Lucky Labrador beer hall which is a delightful spartan place and I got a very satisfying pint served with a sparkler.
There is too much to cover in the short time I have here. I need to do some comparing of British pubs with these very interesting establishments out here.
Meanwhile I am sat in the Brewers Union local 180 while it is snowing heavily outside. So it looks like a while Christmas here and a very good chance of some skiing.
I believe we may show up on the Gordon Swindlehurst show on Monday, perhaps.