Tonight, I took my brother out for birthday beers a month after the fact.
I tried to explain to him the delicious possibilities in malts and hops and yeasts and water. I had a little glass of Mikkeller Beer Geek Stout and Nate had a Franziskaner Hefeweizen. The Mikkeller was super chocolaty, and the Franziskaner was super banana-y, and both were delicious. When the food came I got an Epic Spiral Jetty IPA which paired well with the spicy salsa. Nate had a Lagunitas pilsner which was super crisp and refreshing.
Nate liked all the beers I suggested, so I win.
Bananas! Cloves? All sorts of spices!
I had a couple pints of this German elixir tonight at the Bye & Bye. I’m preparing for my trip to Germany in April. Weihenstephan claims to be the oldest brewery in Europe. They’ve been brewing beer continually since 1040. That’s a long time considering that every brewery in America was shuttered during prohibition. All the oldest breweries in Portland were started in the 80s, so this shit has pedigree.