I love beer, and if you know me, that isn’t news. Drinking beer from a can or bottle is great, but I find it tastes just a little bit better when you have a glass to drink it out of. While cyclo-camping on Lopez Island, I came across the Klean Kanteen stainless steel insulated pint glass. I decided to buy it, after all, Obsidian Stout shouldn’t be drank out of the bottle.
Portland is a fun place. Both Tanya and I love this place, and why not, it has all the stuff we love, cyclo-culture, amazing beer, foodie options, cool districts, chilled out just enough and just a little rough around the edges to make it interesting.
This isn’t an extensive list, we only had two days in Portland and one day was July 4th (everything was closed). These were our favorite activities.
- Rent bikes, if you have a little ones, go Dutch with Clever Cycles
- Get away from the heat in Forest Park
- Buy a baguette from Ken’s artisan bread and and fill it with goods from City Market
- Go to Hop Works Bike Bar
- Eat a Swedish breakfast at Broder, show up early to avoid a line
- Check out Alberta Street
- Eat ice cream from Salt and Straw
- Check out some of the many farmers markets
- Drink coffee in one of the cafes and think up skits for the next season of Portlandia
Tanya and I are foodies and our travels usually have a food and drink spin, so if that isn’t your thing, download a copy of Travel Portland Magazine for many more options of what to see, do, and eat.
While visiting friends in Calgary, we went to Wild Rose Brewery for lunch. I decided to order the sample pack and taste the beers that Wild Rose Brewery produces. Here are my favorites (and not so favorites).
- S.O.B. is a slightly bitter and friendly session ale. This is the perfect drink for a weekend afternoon.
- HooDoo Hef is really nice. A well balanced hefeweizen with character, interesting, slightly sweet, and with the promised clove flavour. There is a slight banana flavour as well. Great mouth feel, great beer. This is a seasonal brew and is one of my favorites.
- Wred Wheat is a good amber ale, balanced, interesting, dependable and something that you could drink all night.
- The Brown ale is chocolatey and malty, delicious and another great beer by Wild Rose Brewery.
The not so good
- Velvet fog is boring, no flavour stands out, and this unfiltered beer looks more interesting then it tastes. The beer does have great mouth feel, but not worth experiencing twice.
- The IPA is a little off, I can’t put my finger on it, but it just isn’t like the IPAs from Victoria and Vancouver.
- Alberta Crude has a great start, complex flavours, a smooth beginning and a great middle, however, the finish doesn’t live up to the start. A bitter note near the end leaves you a little confused, and you wonder what happened to the great start.
Wild rose has a full line of beers with great variety. There are some real treats (Wred Wheat and Brown Ale). The seasonal is fun and interesting, definitely showing you that the brew master knows how to make new and interesting beers.