10 Barrel Brewing

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I had some time to kill while my wife got her haircut. . . .

So I decided to venture up the street to one of the several great brew pubs in NW Portland.  I’ve only tried a few of the offerings from 10 Barrel in the past, so I thought it as my best option.

I arrived right as they opened the front doors at 11am.  I had the place all to myself.  For about 3 minutes.  I saddled up to the bar and checked over the beer menu.  I’d been drawn in initially by a Chocolate and coconut dark beer, but after reviewing the menu I decided to try their sampler.  10 samples, predetermined by them, of their vast array of beers.  This was gonna be fun.  Also, since I hadn’t had breakfast, and drinking on an empty stomach (even when it’s for research) is a bad idea . . .I ordered a bowl of their Salmon Chowder.  **Side note . .if you get a chance to taste their salmon chowder. . DO IT.  So good**

One of the samples was an apple cider that they also make.  My beer tender informed me that they had to change the keg on their regular cider offering so he is a bonus to try also . . . 11 in total.  And away we go . . .

Bonus Cider . . .In Cahoots. . Heirloom apple cider.  Only used naturally occurring yeasts.  Funky aroma.  The flavor is best paired with something spicy and flavorful, cuz to me it was not great and I’d rather taste something else.

  1.  Bubbly Cider. . .Aroma was imperceptible to me..  Flavor is crisp and fresh  Very Nice.
  2. Boise 150 – A Golden Blond Ale . . .Light and soft.  Really nice mild aroma.  Think of Coors, then imagine it tasting great.  That is this beer.
  3. Salute Your Schwarz – Schwarzbier . . .Chocolate aromas, smooth and smoky.  Very refreshing and not at all heavy.  Reminds me of several of the fine German imports I’ve tried.  Chocolate and dark malt flavors.  Mmmm GOOD!
  4. S1nister Black Ale – This one I’ve had before and loved.  Small glass so the aromas are difficult to pick up.  Smooth and easy drinking.  Hints of chocolate and coffee.  Slightly heavy texture, but could be repeated easily.
  5. Redside Altbier– German style amber . . .Mild malt aromas.  Smooth texture and yet bitter on the palate.  An interesting combination.  Crisp and refreshing also.
  6. Who’s That!! Brooown – Caramel aromas alongside rolled oats.  Mild and smooth mid palate.  Slightly nutty and spicy.  Another winner.
  7. Joe IPA– A 10 Barrel staple.  Classic IPA.  Super fruity aromas that are enticing.  And the flavors reward you with those fruit notes.  Crisp and hoppy, just exactly how I like it.  Another of those that can definitely be repeated.
  8. Trail Beer – NW Pale Ale – Oranges and pine needles on the nose.  Crisp and hoppy as well as light and refreshing.  Reminds me of Blue Moon a bit, though a touch more bitter.  Consider that a compliment.
  9. Cacao to Cacao – Chocolate and Vanilla Milk Stout – Great chocolate on the nose.  Like a dessert in a glass.  Silky smooth mid, loads of chocolate and hints of coffee.  Like any great dessert, this is decadent and delicious.
  10. Glen Coco – Coconut Stout – Toasted coconut on the nose.  Chocolate and coconut on the palate.  Truly tastes like a Mounds candy bar.  Wow!!

10 Barrel has developed a pretty great distribution channel for a number of their staple beers.  You can find them in most large stores.  But to truly get a feel for the range in their flavors and types of beers, you really need to visit one of their brew pubs.  I was only able to sample 11 of their 20 different offerings.  Regardless of your preference in beer flavors, you most likely will find your new favorite here at 10 Barrel Brewing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1519925861802-dd8e3aac-19fd-6″ include=”15164,3151,3138,5,3119″ css=”.vc_custom_1513876882333{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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