Saturday, September 12, 2015

Returning to Culmination, Baerlic & Tugboat

Yesterday John had a few hours free, so he decided to hit a few breweries to see what was new. Here's his recap:

I started at Culmination where, at 1 in the afternoon, the brewery and the bar were both humming along. Culmination has more than a dozen of their own beers on tap, plus a few carefully selected guest taps. I tried 3 of their IPA's and a couple of sour beers. The Vic's Secret was my favorite of the bunch - I have a soft spot for new hop varieties and single-hop beers. 

On to Baerlic Brewing. I got there right as they opened at 2, and by 2:30 there was already a decent crowd, including a dozen-strong tour group. 

The highlight of my drinking day was Baerlic's cask -- their Invincible IPA. It had been dry-hopped with the first Oregon-grown Amarillo hops. Amarillo's were formerly exclusive to Virgil Gamache farms in the Yakima Valley. I could smell the hops from a couple of feet away from the pint glass. The beer was cloudy -- due to the sheer volume of hops -- and delicious. The fresh hops gave a nice spicy edge to the beer that complimented the usual Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops in the standard Invincible.

Onward to Tugboat Brewing, a brewery which, much like an actual Tugboat, takes it's own path and perseveres through Portland's crowded brewery scene. Tugboat is one of Portland's oldest breweries, pouring their house beers since 1993. I was lucky enough to run into owner Megan McEnroe-Nelson who poured me their just-tapped Hoppy Jalopy IPA (great name) and their flagship 13% Chernobyl stout. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Can We Triple It?

Today has been an amazing day here at PDX: Brew City. 

We started the day on AM Northwest and had a great time being on TV. 
Almost immediately after, we filled our last Executive Producer credit through IndieGoGo.
Then we got an offer to host our not-even-done-yet film at a local theater.

Those were some major milestones and cause for real celebration. 

I guess it's as good a time as any to make an impassioned plea for you to make a contribution to the film. Yes, we are currently almost double our goal. However, I think with 4 days to go, we can triple it. 

By already surpassing our funding goal, we were able to add a trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo., so we can follow our local brewers as they aim to achieve medals for their creations. Being able to follow them at this renowned festival and film their reactions as they compete will be a huge addition to the film as we will be able to show how Portland and Oregon brewers stack up against the rest of the beer making world.

Every piece of additional funding will make this a stronger film and I hope you will consider doing what you can to help us do the best by the awesome breweries, brewers and the city of Portland. Not only will you be helping us, but the perks we are looking great.

So, please, help us out. Tell your friends, your enemies and that stranger on the street. Every dollar counts and is greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts and is greatly appreciated. Click here to go to our IndieGoGo page.


John & Thom's appearance on AM Northwest

Monday, August 24, 2015

International Man of Mystery: John Lovegrove

It turns out going to 77 breweries in one day is a newsworthy feat. John's accomplishment made it to the other side of the globe when he was featured on's front page. Of course there was already the Kiwi connection. Since his appearance, traffic to the PDX: Brew City site has increased five-fold with visitors from Denmark, Hungary, Australia, Colombia, Japan, Singapore, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Germany, Indonesia, New Caledonia, and the Netherlands.

John has also been featured on Oregon LiveRedditTap Trail and a variety of other beer blogs.

This being the Internet, the comments sections have already weighed in on John's adventure:
"I spill that much on a good night out."
"Man has 77 mouthfuls of beer."
"This article should carry a health warning!"
"Omg! My bladder hurts just reading this!"
"Headline should read 'Man looks strange drinking beer out of a glass from a dolls (sic) tea set.'”
"Look at this picture long enough and you'll see a picture of a bearded guy with a tiny cup of beer!"
Well, you know what they say: "There's no such thing as bad publicity."