CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 17 Made in America: Part II - Page 161

PHOTO CREDIT: Holly Andres something new every chance you get? Yeah, I really cannot keep up anymore. It’s really nuts how quickly the beer scene here is changing. I have a bottle shop/bar that has rotating specialty taps, and they have a really good selection of bottles. I usually just go there and ask them if there’s anything interesting in a certain category or whatever. I’m trying new stuff all the time. I do end up with favorites for a while, but I find if I’m always getting the same thing after a while it gets boring. Then I try a new one, and I’m like, “Amaz- ing!” Then, if it’s been a while, I’ll come back to the other one and be like “Oh, this is amazing!” I kind of like to mix it up and try different things. There are so many different kinds of beers in Portland now and so many great breweries. It’s really daunting. I have my favorites, but I’m amazed at how often there’s a really new great one that I haven’t heard about, and they’ve been around for two years. Still one of the greatest is one of the first, which is Hair of The Dog in Portland. They don’t produce a ton of beer, but they just do amazing stuff. They have Blue Dot IPA that’s still, I think, just one of the best straight-up IPAs. Then they have one called Ruth, which is a pale ale that’s incredible. They don’t produce a ton, and it’s not cheap, but it’s the best. So good. They’ve been around for a long time. The founder is one of the pioneers of homebrewing in the Oregon scene. And then, on the other end of the spectrum, there’s a brand-new brewery here called Great No- tion. They’ve been around a few years, but they are sort of a brewpub. I don’t think © Hundred-to-One LLC 2018. All rights reserved.