As regular readers know, I’m a fan and booster of Portland beers, restaurants, and sports teams [Rip City and Rose City ‘Til I Die!]. As often as possible I promote and attend local festivals. I regularly read, link to, and recommend local blogs and I keep tabs on media paeans to, and critiques of, my hometown.
I love Portland.
But not all my opinions jibe with the hometown consensus, for my love is not blind.
I am a Portlander, but I am firstly my own man.
Take, for instance, local beer brewers and consumers’ obsession with hops and a beer style, the Northwest India Pale Ale, that generally tastes like rancid grapefruit juice. I prefer beers that are interesting, or even subtle; IPAs are seldom the former and never the latter. One day I might be in the mood for something sweet and malty, the next day dry and toasty. Sometimes something a bit Belgiany, or tart. In the fall, when the hops are fresh and the air is crisp, I may even enjoy one of the banal and ubiquitous Northwest IPAs of which I whinge – the hop aroma is nice. But I’m tired of local bar and beer festival lineups where IPAs make up a third to half of the available beers. Show some creativity! When I want a grape fruit juice I’ll order a Greyhound.
Mary Sue says
It’s a passing fad. Microbreweries here all seem to be into fruity beers at the moment.
Mary Sue – I know! But I just don’t get it. I can respect a good IPA, but I just don’t want my tongue numbed by one.
XUP – I’m hoping that’s the case. I have seen a lot more Belgian style ales recently, which is a good trend!
Couldn’t disagree more, Dave. I love a hoppy IPA and love that it’s become Portland’s flagship beer. You know you’d be hard-pressed to find a brewery in town that doesn’t offer several delicious alternatives to hop-heavy Indian Pales. Of course, I don’t think there’s a brewery that doesn’t offer an IPA. Cheers!