Some tasting experiences are beyond words, others don’t deserve mentioning for fear of remembrance.
A group of my friends, all past or present employees of Belmont Station, got together to share a variety of interesting brews. BridgePort’s latest release Raven Mad Imperial Porter was a deliciously hopped robust porter featuring a 3-D Hitchcock-esque label replete with viewing glasses hanging from the neck. Aged in Pinot Noir and Bourbon barrels and blended, the Raven is always welcome at my chamber door. I brought a bottle of Silver City’s Sasquatch Stout, a burnished onyx lather of chocolate malts, generously hopped, and topped with a fluffy tan head. This beer is not carried by distributors and is currently unavailable in Oregon. There was also a bottle of 2006 BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a Swiss sour ale also featured at this year’s Portland Internation Beer Festival. This brew poured a handsome orange body with a cloudy, wispy head. With a nose of sweet cherries, pears, and other fruity esters, this brew was a pleasure to experience and quite a contrast to the darker beers. The Bon-Chien is the the bomb shee-it!
Ok, then things got out of hand. Someone thought it would be a good idea to delve into the taboo realm of beer blended with clam juice. The “beer” that is Chelada is another Anheuser-In-Bev concoction, I’d gander is indicative of either desperation or an identity crisis rather than a model of innovation. Alongside the ranks of Bud Lime and Bud Light Chelada is a ruddy salmon/ruby grapefruit juice color with a nose of a Manhattan trash barge on a mid-summer’s day. My friends, heaven love them, are a pack of fearless brewsaders, who share my attitude of “try anything twice…to be sure.” However, on this fair evening, I had to opt out of drinking a clam beer. Couldn’t do it.
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