Last year Gilgamesh Brewing partnered with Nicky USA on the Portland Chef Beer Series of collaboration beers. Launched in August of 2016 with collaboration beers with Chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common and his Hibiscus Lager, then was followed by Chef John Gorham and his Turkish Coffee Stoutand Chef Aaron Barnett and his La Moule de L’Amour Red Brett Saison. These three beers raised over $4,000 for charity to date with two more beers to come.
The latest beer in the Portland Chef Beer Series is with James Beard winning Chef Andy Ricker of PokPok with his PokPok Rhubarb Som Shandy. This beer combines a drinkable lager with Pok Pok’s Som Rhubarb Drinking Vinegar.
As the warmer weather comes our way PokPok Rhubarb Som Shandy is the perfect summer beer. The addition of Som Rhubarb Drinking Vinegar is an excellent compliment to this light bodied beer. Slight tartness of rhubarb lingers on the palate but does not overwhelm the beer’s overall flavor.
PokPok Rhubarb Som Shandy is available throughout Portland including all Andy Ricker restaurants; on tap at Pok Pok PDX, Pok Pok NW, Pok Pok Noi, Whiskey Soda Lounge, and in bottles at Pok Pok Wing.
Each beer will also be available at the Gilgamesh Brewing Campus in Salem, the participating chef’s restaurants, Zupan’s Markets, Green Zebra Grocery, and local bottle shops. $1.00 from the sale of each bottle, and $10 per keg will benefit a charity of each chef’s choosing. Andy Ricker’s Rhubarb Som Shandy will benefit Growing Gardens , which partners with diverse, multi-generational families and community to build and sustain food-producing home gardens, with strengthen the health of people, communities and the environment.
When the Pok Pok Rhubarb Som Shandy disappears in August look for the final release in the Portland Chef Beer Series with the Wild About Game collaboration beer with Bull Run Distillery in September 2017.
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.