And in fact, there are two breweries. I'm a little ashamed to admit I haven't been to either of them. I go down there to get beer that I would never see in BC, or anywhere else in Canada for that matter.
By the way, I use Untappd, and I am ClownyDaggers if you want to get into my beers more.
So let's check it out;
Here's an IPA from Pfriem Family Brewing of Hood River, Oregon. Of course people know Portland is beer crazy, but Eugene, Bend, Salem, Hood River - they're all on it too.
This thing just knocked me over on my first sip. Which is exactly what I was hoping for. I don't know what it is about Oregon, but they go hard on IPAs.
It was kind of like a fresh hop thing at first, but once I got used to it, it settled into some very strong citrus action. 6.8% and 65 IBU, which I laugh at a little as I've had 100 IBU beers with less bite than this.
Ecliptic Brewing is in Portland, Oregon, run by John Harris, previously of McMenamins, Full Sail, and Deschutes. So he's like the Bob Dylan of Portland brewing. In that he's been really good for a really long time. if that makes any sense...
Starburst IPA is 7.8%, 75 IBU, and doesn't knock your tastebuds on their asses like the Pfriem does, but damn it really tries to. More of a citrus pop here, but still very strong and not for beginners. I'd say it's pretty drinkable, but I'm not sure everyone would agree.
This is the kind of high-powered IPA that I get cravings for, and I sometimes find hard to find in Canada.
I have no problem with that.
Let's have another.