Best of Food & Cooking 2016 — photo 3 of 50: I had been wanting to go the Loyal Legion Oregon Beer Hall — on the corner of SE 6th Avenue and SE Alder Street in the East Portland Grand Avenue Historic District — since they opened in the summer of 2015, but it took me all the way until St. Patrick’s Day 2016 to finally get a round tuit. From their 99 taps of Oregon beer, I had a one simply called “Hefe” from Portland’s Laurelwood Brewery. After a few sips, the setting sun shone right across my table, creating dramatic lighting for this photo. According to the brewer:
“This is not American-​style Hefeweizen, which Widmer or Pyramid produces. What you have here is the original style, full of flavor and character in the German tradition. The haze (which comes from the wheat protein in suspension), and the banana, clove and bubble gum aromas and flavors all come from the signature German Wheat yeast we used. This is one of the best all time food beers, pairing well with just about anything from spicy dishes to desserts to ... just about anything you want to throw at it. Even more perfect by itself on a hot day, totally refreshing!” Measurements: 4.9% ABV
If you have read enough beer and wine descriptions, you might start to feel as I do, that they are full of a lot of meaningless blah, blah, blah. So when I read that this beer had the flavors of banana, cloves and bubble gum, I thought, yeah, sure, right! I was quite shocked, and somewhat disappointed, to find out that it was really true — this beer actually did taste like bananas, with a hint of bubble gum and cloves. Yikes! I guess I’m not beer-​connoisseur enough to appreciate it. I want my beer to taste like beer, not bananas! I MUCH prefer the Widmer Hefeweizen, which is one of my favorite beers. 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 A Three-Sausage Portland St. Patrick’s Day.
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