McMenamins Rock Creek 2016 — photo 2 of 11: I decided to live adventurously and give McMenamins’ Purple Haze a go. Fruit beer isn’t exactly my thing, but I figured it was worth a try. According to the brewer:
“As a beer named after the most recognizable of Jimi Hendrix tunes, it’s interesting to note that the song’s colorful imagery came to Jimi in a dream. In a 1969 interview, he said ‘I dream a lot and I put a lot of my dreams down as songs.’ Sixteen years later, McMenamins dared to dream and became the first brewery in the U.S. to legally use fruit in the creation of ales. We still craft our flagship Fruit Ales exactly as we first did. We aim to make them light, crisp and refreshingly fruity. Purple Haze, a favorite and often requested recipe for over twenty years now, is brewed using locally malted 2-Row and 42 pounds of Oregon boysenberries in every batch.” Measurements: 4% ABV • 5 IBU
My notes from that day read: “It was ok, a bit watery; what do you expect from such a low-IBU, low-alcohol beer? It was a bit fruity, like it is supposed to be.” I ordered it at the McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern on the eastern edge of Helvetia, just north of Hillsboro, Oregon. May 2016. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern.
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