Every year, Sarah and I host a 4th of July party, inviting just about everyone we know in the Portland area. And their brothers. And their brother’s brother. And his brother. It’s a blowout, a ton of fun, and this year looks to be a great turnout, too. On the menu: hickory smoked babyback ribs, BBQ chicken and my signature burger, whose recipe will appear in this space just as I take my dying breath.
Last year, in anticipation of the Oregon Brewer’s Festival Brewer’s Dinner, I put together a collection of Oregon IPAs for our guests to try. Blind. I gave each taster a card that contained a list of all the beers I was pouring, and asked them to identify them by the order in which I filled each taster’s glass. Most people were amazed at the differences just within this one category, and it was a lot of fun, and I think a few beer nerds were surprised by how few they identified correctly. Andrew Hay scored 5/10, and went home with a magnum of Bad Santa Barleywine.
This year, I thought I’d try something a little different. Something … patriotic. It is the anniversary of our nation’s birth, after all. This year, our theme is Red, White and Blue Beers. For “Red” and “White,” I’ll stick to the styles of those names, the Irish Red and Belgian Wit (America is a melting pot if nothing else). For blue, we’ll be getting a bit more creative, as you’ll see by my choices below. I will pour beers from each category, and again ask participants to identify them by their pouring order. Without further ado, here are my potential selections. I list more than 5 in each category, as I’m unsure how many I’ll be able to find at Belmont Station tonight. As you can see, they’re all American-made, and where possible, Oregonian.
- Mall St. Brewing Rose Bowl Red (OR)
- Full Sail Nugget Special Red (OR)
- Double Mountain IRA (OR)
- Rogue Brewing’s St. Rogue Red (OR)
- Deschute’s Cinder Cone Red (OR)
Especially having trouble with Oregon-made Witbiers. Ideas? Leave a comment!
- Mall Street Brewing #3 (OR)
- Allagash White
- Celis White
- Blue Moon (trick question)
- Flying Dog’s Woody Creek White
- Sam Adams White
- Callabaza Blanca (Jolly Pumpkin)
- Mothership Wit from New Belgium
- Moylan’s White Christmas?
- Hair of the Dog’s Blu Dot (OR)
- Bridgeport’s Blue Heron (OR)
- Blue Paddle from New Belgium
- Pabst Blue Ribbon
- Something Blueberry from Marin Brewing?