Hopped Up Eugene October 23-29
Gorgeous: Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
True story, I would do almost anything to live in Hood River, Oregon. Located just an hour outside of Portland, this small town at the base of Mt. Hood is my dream place to retire (early hopefully). Close to Portland, quick access to great skiing, and of course, a great place for awesome beer.
In this series, Gorgeous, I’ll be highlighting some great breweries in the Gorge – the greater geographical area of Hood River. I started this series while writing for Beer is Sexy, but I’m hoping to grow it more on Eugene Daily News. First up, Double Mountain Brewery from Hood River, Oregon.
Founded on St. Patrick’s Day 2007, Double Mountain has a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Ever since then founders Matt Swihart (who can be seen giving tours on the weekends) and Charlie Devereux have been working hard to meet this mission, focusing on uncompromising beer quality. These unfiltered and long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character – definitely quality beers that people love to drink! The team aims to satisfy both the hardcore aficionados and the more casual craft beer fans, all in the same glass. While Matt takes the lead at the brewhouse, Charlie focuses on making some killer pizza (and other great taproom offerings). Double Mountain is the place to grab a pint and a pizza after a great day of skiing on Mt. Hood!
What to Drink:
THE VAPORIZER – This Dry Hopped Pale Ale is a golden-hued Pale Ale that features a beautifully hoppy aroma and flavor. The malt is 100% Gambrinus Pilsner, sweet and supple house malt from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. The hops are primarily of the Challenger variety, grown on a single farm in the Yakima Valley. Double Mountain dry-hop THE VAPORIZER to pump up the hoppy goodness. It’s an appetizingly dry, clean and pure-tasting take on a hoppy Pale Ale.
Can’t make it to Hood River to try Double Mountain? They are now bottling their Killer Green (a fresh hop strong IPA) and their Killer Red (a fresh hop strong IRA). You should be able to find these beers in the Pacific Northwest (and British Columbia and California) at specialty beer shoppes and grocery stores. Just a friendly note from the brewmaster, fresh hop beers should be kept cold and drank fresh.
What to Eat:
Any pizza, seriously. Coming from the East Coast, I can appreciate a good pizza. These thin-crust, coal-oven pies rule the roost back in New York City. The dough is made in-house with Shepherd’s Grain flour and is slow-fermented to develop flavor and texture. Ingredients are kept simple, and the pies are light yet intensely flavored. The perfect complement to a fine craft beer.
Double Mountain got its name for the two mountains Matt could see from his parent’s place: Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams (I thought it would be Mount St. Helens, but I was corrected by Matt himself). The name also is a play on Matt’s two children -Two Mountains and Double Trouble!
Been to Double Mountain? What did you think? What was your favorite drink? What other breweries would you like to see on the Gorgeous series?