Change is not something that always happens overnight. President Barack Obama has learned this challenge in the first half year he has been in office. This has been the case for the new Pyramid Breweries, Inc. Since being purchased by Magic Hat Brewing Company of Vermont in 2008, Pyramid has made steps in the right direction regarding innovation and progression into the 21st Century of craft brewing. While some of their attempts may have not been as well received as possible, it’s great to see new and interesting beers like the Lip Stinger Saison taproom offering slated for bottle release later this year and the Summer Grifter IPA bottled and released under the MacTarnahan’s branding earlier this year. Yesterday, Pyramid fenced off their Portland taproom parking lot and celebrated the release of another interesting brew, The Juggernaut, slated for fall consumption (ironically it was on the hottest day of the year in the middle of the summer), a well hopped red ale (45 IBU/25 SRM. 5.6 % ABV) with bittering Simcoes and aromatic Cascades. Fans of Deschutes Cinder Cone will certainly enjoy this beer come the crisp cooler months ahead.
The Juggernaut launch party was not as well attended as it could have been but it was a lot of fun and the live music from tow bands The Ravishers and Derby was quite good. There were prizes and giveaways as well as well as a live deejay. Plus pints were just $3 all night.
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” -President Barack Hussein Obama
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 firstname.lastname@example.org