Hopped Up Eugene November 6-12
You are GORGEous: Full Sail Brewing
The second stop on our tour of the Pacific Northwest Gorge is Full Sail Brewing. This brewery is hands down my favorite brewery to bring guests to for a great brewery tour. While I still believe Sam Adams in Boston does the best beer tour, Full Sail does the best Oregon brewery tour. If you’ve never been on a brew tour, seriously consider taking a drive to Full Sail to check it out.
Tour details: First of all, the tours are FREE! And pretty much kid friendly (kiddos 12 and over are welcome on tours with a parent or guardian). Tours begin and end at the Brew Pub at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm daily. They last about 30 minutes and have a maximum of 25 people per tour. Once the tour is over, you can sample beers at the Brew Pub (and grab a bite to eat)!
What to Drink:
Session Lager – True, I’m an East Coast girl at heart and can’t say no to a good lager.
The Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like. It’s flavorful, refreshing and has a touch of that import-style taste. Oh, and it comes in a stubby 11 oz. bottle like your grandpa used to buy. So after your next session (ski session for me), crack open a Session and drink to the good old new days.
What to Eat:
Fish Sandwich – Session Lager battered wild Alaskan salmon topped with shredded romaine, cucumber, and tartar sauce. Seriously, fresh fish and beer. YUMMY! (See, I really am an East Coast girl at heart – hold the lobstah!)
In the News:
At the 2013 World Beer Awards, Full Sail’s Amber Ale and Session Premium Lager added two more gold medals to the already impressive list of awards that Full Sail holds. The Amber was named “World’s Best” and the Session Premium Lager was named “The Americas’ Best”. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the World’s Best Beers to consumers and the trade throughout the world. Always humble, Full Sail’s website says “We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we are honored when we do…Thanks to all our beer fans and friends for your ongoing support!”
Can’t make it to Hood River?
You are in luck, Full Sail recently opened up Riverplace brewery in the heart of Portland on the waterfront. You can even see the brewery in action through the glass wall at McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside Restaurant. This small brewhouse now serves as the research and development center for the brewery as well as where Brewmaster Reserve and Brewer’s Share beers are created.
They take care of their precious Mt. Hood water by implementing practices that reduce water consumption by 3.1 million gallons each year. While the average brewery consumes 6 to 8 gallons of water per gallon of beer produced, Full Sail has reduced their consumption to less than 3 gallons.
Been to Full Sail Brewing? What did you think? What was your favorite drink?
Original post: BeerIsSexy.com