To the few who follow my blog I apologize for the absence! I have been writing almost every day in the morning and then I went on vacation sans computer and internet connection.
For anyone who has never unplugged in this fashion before I highly recommend it. And by unplug I mean only get on social media like once every other day when you happened to be somewhere that got 4G or had free WiFi.
My family and I went on our yearly 4th of July trip to Mazanita, Oregon! It was a much needed vacation and tons of fun as always. We did things a bit differently this year where the rest of the family and friends left after the holiday and it was just me, the wife, and the kids for Monday through yesterday. We enjoyed plenty of beach time, meals out, and a trip up North to Astoria, Oregon.
While I would love to plug all of the delicious restaurants we dined at, this is primarily a craft beer and social justice blog. I realize lately those types of posts have been few and far between, but I will remedy that today on the craft beer front, at least.
Whilst in Astoria I managed to drag the family to Buoy Beer Co. located in an old cannery building right up on that old Columbia River. It was not an easy job because while Astoria is undergoing a bit of a Renaissance, it is still fairly run-down in many places and we visited on a dreary day. But inside the building was gorgeous! Fully renovated. Industrial aesthetic. Lots of reclaimed wood in true Portlandia fashion. Three features that set this brewery + restaurant apart from the rest in order of pretty cool to fucking rad:
1) The design of the taps and the sample tray. Small metal buoys with Buoy Beer Co. on the top. I will attach a picture below.
2) The four or five tables up close to the rivers edge had humongous sliding glass windows! If you were lucky enough to sit at those tables you would feel spray from the water and get an unobstructed view of the busy Columbia River mouth area.
3) In the floor is a huge glass window looking down at the underbelly of the dockside/pier complete with tide water slashing against the rocks! I would not be surprised to see some sea lions chilling out down there on any given day!
In case it is unclear, I was really excited about everything this building had to offer with the exception of the trucker cap I wanted to buy not fitting my large noggin.
Without further ado, I’ll get to the damned beers! Prior to visiting the brewery I had enjoyed Buoy IPA on tap, Cream Ale on NITRO, Kettle Demon Imperial IPA on tap, and the IPA in a 22 oz. bottle.
Needless to say I wanted try that new ish as well as the Cream Ale from just a regular tap.
Sample uno was called The Walk-In and it was a delicious Imperial Brown Ale. Smooth, subtly hopped, and clean finishing enough that even the wife enjoyed a couple of sips – I really liked this one.
My second choice their India Red Rye Ale. The flavor combination was impeccable. It was super piney on the nose which I did not except, but seeing as the rye was not overpowering I guess I can get there.
Third on deck was a NW Red. Super duper smooth, but not all that original for the style. I still gave it four of five stars on Untappd.
The fourth selection of the day was Buoy’s take on the Czech Pilsner. It was pretty strong and I would not be sad about it being sold in cans in some sort of 12 pack container.
Fifth choice was the Cream Ale. The wife loved this one too! It was very smooth and I have to say it was better from a regular tap than on Nitro. It was still very smooth, but it did not go too far as I felt the nitro did.
Last but not least, I tried Spirit Session. This was a collaboration beer with Base Camp Brewing from Portland. Collaborations seem to be all the rage of the last couple of years and I ain’t mad about it.
This one was an India Style Red Lager and it was just fine. I was honestly expecting more given the two brewing champs involved, but I guess that was just my own out of proportion expectations. A solid three of five.
Welp, that’s all I’ve got for now. Now for the photo! Love, peace, and chicken grease!