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Base Camp Brewing: Adventures in Beer

02.15.13

Living in a beer city, it can start to feel rather ordinary when a new brewery pops up. I love the beer/coffee/bike shop economy idea (ie. more isn’t competition, it’s just more growth for an industry/consumption) though, so I’m always happy to see more opening. I just might not jump up and down about every one.

One of Portland’s newest breweries, Base Camp Brewing, is my brewery crush at the moment though. The whole ‘outdoorsy’ decor might be a little over the top for some people — not this girl. String up a canoe to the ceiling anytime, please. Maybe it’s from living in Bend (it kind of has the Central Oregon vibe actually, if you replaced city folk with hardcore athletes). So I love the space – exposed beams, climbing gear (carabiners as coat hooks at the bar), all the nature photography, the “stars” on the ceiling that make it kind of seem like you’re in the country, and the outdoor ‘fire pits’.

Base Camp Brewing canoe

The Beer

Thankfully, the beer is also awesome. And for the couple times that I’ve been there, I keep ordering the taster tray. Feels a tad silly, but I kind of love not having to pick just one (or two, or three). They currently have nine beers:

Basecamp Taster Tray

Ripstop Rye Pilsner IBUs: 52 SRM: 3.7 OG/TG: 13.5/3.0°P ABV: 5.7% The Ripstop Rye Pils is our reinterpretation of the classic pilsner lager beer: aromas of European malt and noble-type hops mingle with a dignified, refreshing, and clean malt character that is further distinguished with a generous addition of spicy rye malt, creating a beer that is at once malty, zesty, crisp, hoppy, and incredibly drinkable.

Paölschenbier
IBUs: 40 SRM: 5.0 OG/TG: 13.5/2.6°P ABV: 5.8%
Base Camp’s Paölschenbier is a stand-out pale that is both approachable and nuanced. Dry-hopped for lots of lemony citrus aroma without a mouthpuckering bitterness, well-balanced by its slightly bready malt and yeast profiles. Our house ale yeast strain does some of its best work in this beer, making for a light ale that is truly unique.

Northwest Fest
IBUs: 28 SRM: 8.0 OG/TG: 13.8/3.5°P ABV: 5.6%
Our take on the maltforward fest biers of Bavaria. Extensive malt aroma and taste trials over the last two years led us in crafting this recipe, a subtly-hopped amber lager that walks the line between dry and full-bodied, not too sweet but definitely not lacking in malty goodness. Lagered on our in-house toasted oak to round out this brew’s flavor profile.

Belgian Session Ale
IBUs: 14 SRM: 9.7 OG/TG: 11.6/2.4°P ABV: 4.9%
Base Camp’s Belgian Session Ale showcases a thick, white head atop a golden honey-colored beer. Aromas of spicy clove and a hint of camp fire smoke accompany its wheaty malt taste. The BSA’s medium-light body is well-balanced by this beer’s tartness. Low gravity and huge taste, making for a great sessionable beer.

In-Tents India Pale Lager
IBUs: 55 SRM: 15.4 OG/TG: 16.5/4.0°P ABV: 6.8%
Our flagship India Pale Lager showcases a copper color that gives way to a crisp, clean lager beer perfectly balanced in its massive complexity. Dry-hopped and aged on an in-house toasted blend of white and red oaks. The IPL finishes clean and smooth, with hop aromas of wild flowers and pine, and a unique maltiness highlighted by the subtle oak character.

Out-of-Bounds Brown
IBUs: 45 SRM: 15.8 OG/TG: 15.3/3.8°P ABV: 6.2%
A fun, refreshing take on the oft-maligned brown ale, Base Camp’s Out-of-Bounds Brown has a light brown color with big aromas of citrusy Cascade dry hops which meld into a highly distinct malt character. It has a clean yet full mouthfeel that makes it both satisfying and drinkable. Light and crisp, the O.o.B. restores faith in what brown ales can aspire to.

Prime Meridian India Pale Ale
IBUs: 56 SRM: 11.3 OG/TG: 15.3/3.1°P ABV: 6.7%
This deep golden-colored beer is topped by a dense rocky crown that kicks off a punchy American IPA hop aroma. The unique tropical fruit nose of Meridian hops follows through in the taste. For balance, a Flemish saison-inspired malt bill; well-attenuated yet maintaining a full body. We ferment it at high temps to make the most of our house yeast strain, creating a late fruity tartness that plays out nicely with the lingering hop character.

S’more Stout
IBUs: 70 SRM: 55.2 OG/TG: 19.2/5.3°P ABV: 7.7%
The S’more Stout is an absolute all-star: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fig, and smoke invite you in to a gigantic maltiness that is distinct in its smooth and refined character, with flavors of chocolate and hints of smoke mingling with rich caramel, fruit, and warming alcohol. Top with a roasted marshmallow and you have the ultimate S’more experience!

Acclimator Doppelbock
IBUs: 30 SRM: 20.4 OG/TG: 17.4/3.6°P ABV: 7.6%
The Acclimator presents a rich smoothness that we balance out with just enough crisp hop character to make for an extremely quaffable strong lager. Doppelbocks are traditionally brewed with Pilsner or Munich malts, but we chose to showcase the awesomeness of Maris Otter and Belgian dark crystal malts. Result? A totally unique and drinkable beer.
Base Camp Brewing

Must-Try:

Basecamp Brewing Smore Stout
S’more Stout – I’m usually more of an IPA person, but I really love the s’more stout — it comes with an adorable little marshmallow on the side, and is kind of mocha-esque and like drinking dessert.

The Acclimator Doppelbock and In-Tents India Pale Lager (see what they did there?) are also awesome beers.

Now if there’s a 2nd annual Beer & Cheese Festival, Base Camp had better be there, with their Stout and… maybe a blue cheese? Also, this weekend is Zwickelmania, so if you’re in Portland, you really have no excuse for not checking out a brewery near you!

Have you been to Base Camp yet?

Pok Pok Grilled Corn + Hawaiian Miles = Weekly Love

07.04.12

Happy Birthday, America!

This Week:

Pok Pok grilled corn – It’s back in season folks — Pok Pok is serving their grilled corn again. A summer favorite. I could eat a cornfield of these.

coffee shop work – Crema, sunshine, iced coffee. This:

Firestone Walker “Wookey Jack” Black Rye IPA – I won a 22oz bottle of this at beer trivia night a few weeks ago, and then ‘randomly’ ordered it at Green Dragon this week. Doh. A new favorite, for sure.

Canteen – after continually passing by the almost-finished, new shop from one of my favorite Portland juice carts (Sip), they’ve finally opened! I tried the tasty Portland bowl, and the standard ginger berry smoothie. I’ll definitely be back in here.

Portland Dining Month at Brix Tavern – Every June, Downtown Portland puts on Portland Dining Month, where you get a 3-course meal for $25 at tons of Portland restaurants. I snagged a freebie on KloutPerks, and got a nice little gift certificate in the mail for Brix Tavern. It was fun to try out a restaurant I hadn’t been to, and they have a great happy hour menu!

Moonrise Kingdom – It’s been a while since I went to a ‘real’ movie theater. I finally used my $5 Fandango movie coupon to go see the new Wes Anderson film. Loved. Perfect way to spend a rainy June night.

Hawaiian Airlines 35,000 miles offer – I’m always on the lookout for credit cards offering miles deals, and since my bff moved to Hawaii, I decided to get the Hawaiian Airlines card, which gives you 35,000 miles. You just have to spend $1,000 in 4 months — pretty easy if you use it for bills, dining out, groceries etc. This will be my card of choice for the next few months. Plus you get a coupon code for 25% off 2 roundtrip tickets. Prepare the guest room, friend!

Oregon Humane Society kitties – I stumbled across my Oregon Humane Society cat adoption papers recently. Adorable to re-read Emily Essa’s one-page sell sheet. :)

What are you happy about this week?

Portland Beer & Cheese Festival

06.24.12

When I heard there would be a first annual (faith people, there can be a first annual!) Portland Beer & Cheese festival I was so thrilled. Two of my favorite things. Then I was sad that it was $27 and you couldn’t buy a ticket at the door. Then I ponied up the money and moved into anticipation mode!

Portland Beer & Cheese Festival was hosted at The Commons with 10 beer and cheese pairings by Portland’s infamous cheesemonger, Steve Jones from Cheese Bar. Chop also made an appearance for those interested in eating little pieces of meat with their beer. More cheese for me!

So I planned to photograph every beer and cheese pairing, and then I somehow skipped one! It was a great event and I’ll definitely be pairing up some of these cheeses/beers again. IPA and blue cheese? Who knew. Fantastic. If I had to be a beer & cheese pairing (like your spirit animal, hello otter), this would be it. The pairings went from light to dark and here they all are:

The Beer & Cheese pairings:

Beer: Solera Berlinerweiss/Grisette Blend
Cheese: Sartori Bellavitano (cow)
Verdict: People were going b-a-n-a-n-a-s for this one. It was good, just not my favorite style of beer in the world — sour.

Beer: Upright Brewing Offen Weisse
Cheese: Mountina (cow)
Verdict: Apparently the first two were blind paired because the samples didn’t come in time. I wouldn’t have guessed it was this one.  So I couldn’t tell you what was good about this pairing, but it went together really well. Helpful, I know.

Beer: Gigantic Rauchweizen and the Bandit
Cheese: Willamette Valley Cheese Co. Brindisi (Cow)
Verdict: Willamette Valley is one of my fav cheese companies. I loved this combo. In one word: smokey.

Beer: Double Mountain Das Boot Alt
Cheese: Tumalo Farm Pondhopper (goat)
Verdict: This one was a little darker, and it went well with the goat cheese, which was from Central Oregon (yes, please!).

Beer: Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
Cheese: Abbave de Belloc (sheep)
Verdict: Loved this one. Since the festival was held at The Commons, I was a little apprehensive that the beers might be a little Belgien/sour skewed, but all was well.

Beer: The Commons Flemish Kiss
Cheese: Samish Bay Aged Ladysmith (cow)
Verdict: honestly I don’t remember this one too much. I didn’t take notes. Mmmm cheese.

Beer: Hopworks Abbey Ale
Cheese: Uniekaas Vintage Grand Ewe (sheep)
Verdict: Mmm…. beer… and cheese.

Beer: Oakshire Perfect Storm
Cheese: Hook’s 5-Year Cheddar (cow)
Verdict: oh man, this cheese did me in. So rich. Was definitely glad to be hitting the IPAs finally.

Beer: Widmer Brewing Pitch Black IPA
Cheese: Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue (cow)
Verdict: IPA is my favorite beer and blue cheese is my favorite cheese.  A match made in heaven. I came back for this one with my extra drink ticket and Steve remembered that I loved blue cheese so I got another slice! Thanks! :)

Beer: Block 15 Figgy Puddy
Cheese: Colston-Basset Stilton (cow)
Verdict: the last official pairing. This one wasn’t my favorite, (a little too sweet/malty for me). It went well with the cheese though.


Portland Beer & Cheese Festival

The Commons Brewery
Sunday, June 17

The only real critique I had was The Commons space got hot pretty quickly (not the best combo with cheese), and there was a shortage of places to set things down (making it hard to balance the punch card, a glass, a plate, and my backpack).

Overall, it was a great event. 11 ounces of cheese in my belly, and 11 beers, I was glad we paced ourselves over 4-ish hours. Adding this one to my annual list of summer beer fun!

Newport + Beer & Cheese + Kettleball = Weekly Love

As PDX Beer Week came to a close this week, it’s a been a fun mix of beer and exercising to counterbalance the beer.

This Week:

Kettleball workout – I tried a kettleball workout for the first time this week (Lululemon had a free class at Skogg Kettleball gym at NW 10th/Everett). Intense! Fun though, I’ll definitely be trying it again. It was the kind of workout that you think, “I don’t think I can do this!” because it’s an 18 pound weight. But then you can, and you do, and it’s awesome!

Evoe – finally stopped in to Evoe/Pastaworks for a sandwich. Mighty fine.

Lardo – I’ve been hashtagging #sandwichgram on Instagram this week. Every time I’ve wanted to try Lardo (at the Good Food Here food cart pod), it seems like they’re closed. Finally, I got to try the tuna melt. Delicious!

Newport – We spent Father’s Day weekend at the coast with my parents. It’s always fun exploring Newport — sea lion spotting, walking the port, looking at boats, finding hilarious unicorn signs (above), and lunch in Nye Beach. Plus, the mildly scary, but exhilarating Harley ride with my dad!

Portland Beer & Cheese Festival – cheese, glorious cheese. And beer. Two of my favorite things! More photos of this later. And now I really need to go to a kettleball workout again.

What are you happy about this week?

Pedalpalooza + PDX Beer Week = Weekly Love

06.13.12

June is a such an awesome collision of Pedalpalooza, PDX Beer Week, and almost summer-ness (still waiting!). There’s always something fun to do…

This Week:

Pedalpalooza – it’s three whole weeks of bikey fun this year! I went on the Hot Socks ride on Saturday. What’s that? Everyone wears awesome socks and we rode to both Sock Dreams in Sellwood and Sock It To Me in SE. I wore same of my favorite argyle socks, and I won a pair of socks on the ride! (And yes, the ride was crashed by naked bike ride folks wearing only socks. There’s a reason the World Naked Bike Ride happens under the cover of darkness. My poor eyes.)

Oven & Shaker – another new restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for happy hour, because the pizzas start at $7. They also had a great Sazerac.

PDX Pop Now Compilation release show @ Holocene – If you donate to PDX Pop Now! in the fall, you get to go to the CD release show for free. First time hearing Wild Ones — enjoyed.

friends winning stuff! – Bike n’ Hike had a benefit party for the Alpenrose Velodrome. It was $5 to get in and you got a free raffle ticket, and free beer from the ever-stellar Hopworks. I won a hat. Whatever. But a friend won one of the Hopworks bikes! Crazy! Then we went to celebrate at Spirit of ’77.

10 Barrel Brewing at APEX – I was excited to see that 10 Barrel Brewing Co was going to be at APEX on Saturday, pouring for another PDX Beer Week event. They’re from Bend, so instant love, in my book.

Kure Juice Bar – Finally made it over to Kure. I’ll be recreating their kale, almond butter, coconut smoothie at home.  So delicious.

Waterfront Park – I’m always glad to wave goodbye to the Rose Festival that sets up shop in Waterfront park every May. I’ve been avoiding the park all month just because it’s a hassle to go through, but I did ride through on Sunday to get a glimpse of the Navy ships from the Steel Bridge and see the spectical that is the CityFair. Until next year Rose Festival!

Listening: Wild Ones, Fiona Apple

What are you happy about this week?

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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