Well it’s September, which means the beginning fall to me! It also means that I am taking a hiatus from beer. I know, it’s crazy! But alcohol in general doesn’t really help my healthy weight loss goals. So, I am taking the next month off – I’m calling it Sober September!
Don’t worry friends, I have a few posts to share with you over the next month, starting with day 1 of our trip to Portland in July. I know it’s only 2 months late, but better late than never! Stay tuned for October and one of my fave styles of beer – PUMPKIN!
We love Portland, like really LOVE it. We try to make it down at least once a year – this year we decided on 4th of July. We also really love Oregon beer, so what better way to spend our visit than tasting some of the best beer around?
We got into town late in the afternoon and decided to stop at Hopworks Urban Brewery for a bite to eat. We know we like their beer, but had heard great things about the food and wanted to try their whole line up of brews. Since it’s located in eastern PDX on the opposite side of the river and downtown where we were staying, it seemed like a good choice before we checked in and parked the car for the weekend.
Unknowingly, we stopped in during happy hour and were pleasantly surprised by the great HH menu. We each ordered a slice of the pizza (cheese for me, slice of the day for the hubs) their pub pretzel (served with stoneground mustard and beer cheese sauce) and 2 mixed green salads.
All of the food was great. The pretzels are sticks served in a pint glass and the beer cheese sauce is delish! The salads were really good and the balsamic vinaigrette was amazing. The pizza rivaled Pagliacci (my favorite) in Seattle.
We ordered the sampler of all beers on tap – 10 total. They were all very solid beers – even styles we don’t typically enjoy. I was really impressed. My fave was probably the Ace of Spades Imperial IPA – so good! All of their beer is organic too, if you’re into that kinda thing.
The atmosphere is super cool and fits in perfectly with Portland’s bicycle obsession. The beer sampler tray is made from a bike wheel!
There are bike frames lining the ceiling over the bar!
They really found a way to recycle everything – keg planters!
This place is a definite must stop for anyone visiting Portland!
Stay tuned for day 2 of our beercation in PDX…