Hood River’s Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom has released a new seasonal beer with its Hood River Helles. This beer is currently available on draft and in bottles at the downtown Hood River Taproom and SE Portland Taproom in the Woodstock neighborhood. Beginning in early August Hood River Helles will be able to be found throughout the Northwest and British Columbia.
“Lagers are a sense of wonder for me and on the right day, my favorite beers.,” said Double Mountain Brewmaster and Owner Matt Swihart. “When in beer school in Chicago, my professor, Dr. Joe Power, famously said of ales and lagers, that in ales, you taste the brewer’s art and the delights of fermentation flavors in lagers you taste the ingredients, the malt, the water, the hops, the bread-like yeasts. The difficulty is they are the hardest to brew and hide nothing. The lighter they are, the more they show their imperfections. Cold, slow fermentation, long aging, greatest attention to every detail bring about the best lagers. Helles is the current Bavarian standard. All German malts, our Hood River water supply, being the some of the softest on earth, and fresh bright subtle hops bring you this delightful beer.”
Hood River Helles Description:
The younger brother to the Pilsner, Helles is the Bavarian Lager beer that most dominates the region. It is lighter than Pilsner, less bitter, more subtle, yet still bright and quaffable with a balanced and elegant hop character. 4.9% ABV, 30BU
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.