Founded in Long Beach, California in 1996, Yard House is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary with a brand-new collaboration beer being served at its 76 locations.
To celebrate this 22-year milestone, Yard House reached out to Stone Brewing along with Aviation Gin to brew a special beer. Yes, a bit of Portland is part of this beer as Aviation Gin was founded and distilled here as the brand was recently sold to an ownership that includes actor Ryan Reynolds. The result is Liquid Compass Double IPA, a gin botanical inspired New England style IPA that is available at Yard House, including its Portland outpost at Pioneer Place.
The goal of brewing this Liquid Compass Double IPA was to create a gin inspired beer that highlights the unique attributes of both beverages. Unlike other more gin forward beers that may be aged in gin barrels, this beer only uses the same botanicals as Aviation Gin. A bit subtler on its use of botanicals this double IPA is more appealing to broader spectrum of drinkers.
Though the beer is said to be a New England style IPA, Liquid Compass Double IPA is a bit light on the haze that is expected with this beer style. But what it does have is strong citrus and juicy flavors that is expected of this style. In all a very pleasant, drinkable beer, just be careful as the 8.5% ABV is a bit deceptive!
During our visit to Yard House the other day we paired Liquid Compass Double IPA with its Poke Nachos during its weekday Happy Hour. Yard House offers a great Happy Hour from Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:00pm with $4.00 off Half Yards and $2.00 off draft beer. Plus, many of its appetizers and pizzas are half-price during its Happy Hours. Yard House Portland also offers up a Late Night Happy Hour from Sunday through Wednesday from 9:00pm to close.
And with 130 taps at Yard House the choices are endless but can be slightly overwhelming.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.