What could be better than the kickoff of fresh hop season in the Pacific Northwest? How about a pint of freshly brewed fresh hop India Pale Ale for free. That’s right, the generous folks at Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, Oregon treated customers to a free pint (and an honest pint no less!) of brewmaster Van Havig and company’s latest release. Havig says “We used Centennial hops this year, and the beer has a surprisingly subtle hop depth, but with plenty of hop kick.”
Oregon’s official Craft Beer Month may be July, but for those of us who treasure the natural bounties that hop harvest season can provide, there really is no time of year like September and October. Then again, there’s always something special beer-wise here in the heart Cascadia. Beervana is certainly the greatest beer city on the planet. If you’re bummed out that you won’t be attending the Great American Beer Festival this year, just relax knowing you live in Oregon where there’s beers other regions only dream about while enjoying a fresh hop beer from your back yard. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz was right when she said “there’s no place like home.” Especially when there’s about 45 commercial craft breweries there. Cheers!
Portland’s Rock Bottom Brewery is located at 206 Southwest Morrison Street in lovely downtown Beervana.
Angelo grew up in Maine and is proud to call New England his original home. Cascadia is now his home. He fell in love with great beer in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.
He has been a correspondent for the Portland Tribune's Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences homebrewing, working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, Upright Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and from many many knowledgeable, passionate, and loving people along the way. It is Angelo's mission to bring "infotainment" and "edumation" to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact me at email@example.com