Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You gotta pay the troll toll...

That's me up on his head. I climbed up on top the giant Fremont Troll who lives under the Fremont Bridge in Seattle, Washington. 

The story of our journey to reach the troll involves Uber car service, a very sweet old lady who has no business being a professional driver in Seattle, and a 15 minute drive that took us an hour and 20 minutes due to traffic... And our kindhearted tour guide, who wanted to show us everything there was to see along the way as she navigated the slowest possible route to our destination. 

Not only did we choose DIY driving service Uber in the Fremont neighborhood, we also went with DIY hotel alternative Air BnB, since it had been so good to us renting the house in Hood River, Oregon.

So this place was...fine.  I mean the bed was a pull out couch bed, I knew that from the pictures. What I didn't know was that unlike the 20+ pull out couch-beds that I had experienced previously in my lifetime, this one happened to be about six inches too short for a fully grown adult human. And my legs from below the knee down had to choose between curl up or dangle over the edge. 

The saving grace, complementary beer in the fridge! Not just any beer, good beer, craft beer. Ah yeah, let's get drunk and forget we're sleeping on a doggy bed. 

The beer, Fremont Interurban IPA. Awesome, we were given the gift of very appropriately named local flavor.  Very drinkable, the Interurban was more refreshing and thirst quenching than most IPAs. It's alcohol level is high enough to get you buzzed quick, but not so ridiculous that you have to slow sip it like a scotch. 

ABV - 6.2%

Overall Synopsis: 
Fremont brewery is the coolest thing in Fremont...well besides the troll. 

Dylan Rating: 8 out of 10 bottles. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pimpin' Gets Drawn Out

Beer cartoon donated to Pimpin' by professional sketch artist/cartoonist Samuel Ferri. 

You can see more of his work in this link here to cartoons he drew for the New York Observer during Comic Con.  I love these:

Friday, October 24, 2014

S'more Collaboration:

S'more Stout - Base Camp Brewing 
ABV: 7.7%

Conversation with a foodie & a man-baby: 
"I tried S'more Stout in a bottle, wasn't impressed, I tasted no marshmallows...what's the point?"

"The toasted marshmallow was a nice touch! Aroma added to the flavor." - Sarah Noble @Nobleate

"Not fair, not fair, I wanna mallow too!"

Delicious photo by: Sarah Noble
Food blog:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hood River Hops Fest: One of the best beer fests in the world???

Destination Hood River Hops Fest located in the beautiful Gorge, smack in between the epic Multnomah Falls (they are actually taller than Niagara Falls) and Mt Hood (Internationally famous for snowboarding all year round because there is a glacier at the top of its Timberline ski resort. Also home to the famous Timberline lodge where the horror movie The Shining was filmed). 

The fest hosted 42 craft breweries and 62 specialty beers on tap. Many of which were special limited brews made just for this event. 

Great company, 9 friends rented an amazing house (owned by local brewery owner of Everybody's Brewing) 10 minutes out of Hood River, right on the water, with fire pit in the front yard and fire place in the living room. This pic is of some of us getting ready to hike pre-beer fest. 

This was the gold and the end of the hike-rainbow. Tamanawas Falls

Out of 62 beers I tasted 16 of them.  

Honorable mention goes to: 

Home town co-hosts Full Sail with their Fresh Hop Pale Ale. "Full malty body with biscuit & caramel flavors support hop notes of spice and citrus." I can't say I tasted the biscuit but I definitely caught the rest. This is what I love about northwest beers, complex but easy drinking, super hoppy but no bitter aftertaste. 

GoodLife Brewing - 150 Hippies. If you ever get offered a GoodLife, please don't pass it up. These Bend, Oregon hippies make some of the best beer in the area, and I'm talkin' about Earth. 150 lbs of of fresh hops from local farms and backyard enthusiasts went into 150 hippies, it tastes like love and peace.

The Best of the Fest:

No contest this year. All 9 of us in my group, plus several other new intoxicated friends we made there all agreed, hands down, the other local Hood River co-hosts Double Mountain was the best brewery there.
They brought 3 excellent beers to the festival, so which was the over-all best was a little more controversial. Morder Weizen possibly my first experience with a fresh hop wheat, was kind of a cross between a hef and an ipa. It was good, real good, but got over shadowed by the 2 stars of the festival that happened to share the same table.
The Killer Red, a fresh hop IRA, yup, Indian Red Ale, with wild aromas of blood orange, pineapple and forest; but this is no fruity diva, its just a great brew that your significant other won't mind the smell of.  Also claimed to taste like biscuits and caramel...this was my top choice of the fest but "biscuits are biscuits and I'm not sayin' scones" (Hannibal Buress voice).  The Killer Red tasted like beer, damn good beer. Maybe when I find a beer that tastes like biscuits to me I can finally claim to be a true beer aficionado.
The Killer Green, if it was a competition, and my crew was judging, would have taken home the trophy. This may be the most pretentious beer description I've ever read: "ripe cantaloup, currant, kind herb, (hold on kind herb, is this a thing? I thought kind herb was the kind you smoke...) and pine aromas supported by a dry, brioche malt body (this is where I'm like who's the wine geek that wrote this for them?) and a pleasantly lasting bitterness. Be green, drink green (I think that last line was the only one the brew master wrote himself).

Overall synopsis: Visit Oregon before you die. If you already have but haven't seen the Gorge or Hood River definitely get there. The best time to go? All year around, winter if you ski or snowboard, any other season for great outdoor hiking, biking, wind surfing, kite boarding, kyaking, rafting, beer & wine. But late September for the Hood River Hops Fest, its a fresh hops and i.p.a. lovers dream.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Audio is disturbingly terrible, it sounds like a ghost hunter video...
When I'm on the east coast I long for Fred Meyers grocery store, there just isn't anything like it in NYC. Its like if Whole Foods and Target had a baby. 
But just look at it! Local brews on tap, growlers to go, and their cold micro brew selection smashes most grocery stores entire beer isle; warm, cold, crafts, doms, & imports combined. 

Ninkasi, out of patchouli smellin', drum circle playin', hippie ass Eugene, Oregon; arguably one of the best breweries on the planet, just had to be in my blog. Their oatmeal stout named Oatis gets even better seasonally when it transforms to the sweet ice coffee flavor of Vanilla Oatis. Look at that color, Its non-translucent (I'm sure their is a word for anyone?)

ABV 7.2%

Dylan Rating:  9 out of 10 bottles

Overall synopsis: Milk n cookies for adults that want their cookies to come with a nice buzz. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Luckiest Beer

One of the best IPAs I've ever had in a bottle maybe the luckiest.
My friend Tron and I hit Belmont Station, one of Portland's best selections for micro-brews in a bottle, to grab a sixer to bring to a poker tournament friend reunion.

Ballast Point - Sculpin was one of the most expensive six-packs I've seen in the cheap beer heaven of Portlandia at about $16. Tron said he'd tried it once and it was really good, but we saw the price and almost dismissed it. Then he pointed out that it'd probably bring us luck at the tables. I mean its called the Sculpin, and the art on the label is dope. So we went with it. This is every thing an IPA should be. Very hoppy, without bitterness, literally no bitterness or bad lingering aftertaste at all. And the kicker, we split 1st and 2nd place in the tournament (well I haggled my way into us splitting it 45%/45% and playing one last hand for the last 10% of the pot, which he won).

ABV 7%

Dylan rating: 10 out of 10 bottles.

Overall synopsis: The Sculpin has earned its place as my official beer for poker games in Portland.