This is my first review, rant, rambling about beer on my new blog!
Being from Portland, Oregon it is almost unfairly simple to find world-renowned beers as closely as the mini mart up the block.
Deschutes Brewery in Bend is one of my all-time favorites. Their year around beer lineup reads like a connoisseur’s greatest hits.
Red Chair is a seasonal offering that usually becomes available right after Christmas. It is a welcome change after a long winter ale season.
Now most beer drinkers consider 4-5% ABV (alcohol by volume) to be ideal for session-type beers. For the layman, a session beer is a brew that has a good malt/hop balance and is low enough in ABV to be enjoyed over multiple servings.
Red Chair clocks in at 6.2% ABV and characteristic of the Pacific Northwest, is a bit further toward the hoppiness end of the spectrum making it a perfect session ale for a beer drinker of my ilk. I love hops and I love beers that inch a bit higher up the charts when it comes to ABV. Red Chair is a godsend because it is not so high in alcohol content that after three of four pints I am waking up in the morning with a hop hangover, and I still get to treat my taste buds to a citrusy hop finish.