Oregon Pub Crawl 2017 — photo 17 of 25: A pint of Breakside Brewery Pilsner that I sipped on the patio of their NE Dekum Pub at 820 NE Dekum Street in Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood. According to the brewer:
“Grassy, herbal, spicy, bready, crisp. When we opened our brewery, we made a committment to making a year-​round German-​style pilsner. Why? Despite the fact that these beers are time-​consuming and technically challenging, we make this beer because we love this beer. We import bagged German Pilsner malt and manually add 3,300 pounds to each batch because we believe that to make a great German pilsner, you need great German pilsner malt. We source all Hallertau Hersbrucker hops, which we prize for their mix of floral and Noble notes. And then we wait. This beer is unfiltered, so we rely on natural lagering techniques (i.e. long times and cold temperatures) to get this beer bright as sunshine.” Measurements: 5.2% ABV • 35 IBU
I forgot that I had already tried this beer in July 2016. On that first occasion I thought it was pretty nice. But my notes from this second try read: “Hmmm ... the first sip had an unusual flavor ... perhaps it’s the grassy and / or herbal part ... tastes to me a bit like a sausage! It was better with food than alone. There are much better pilsners ... I probably would not get it again.” My favorite pilsner is still Hopworks Urban Brewery Organic Lager Northwest Pilsner. May 2017. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
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