Our Second Sudsy Salute to America

America Defined

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?

4 thoughts on “Our Second Sudsy Salute to America”

  1. Hey Dave!

    I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of an Oregonian witbier, and the only thing I can think of is Oregon Trail Wit, which is generally only available from the brewery in Corvallis.

    Sorry to screw up your theme, but you might have to go with something like Avery White Rascal (CO), Celis White (MI), New Belgium Mothership (CO), or a selection of actual Belgian witbiers.

    On a more positive note, we just got a fresh case of Marin Bluebeery in this morning ;)

    I’ll get back to you early next week re: “Beer Blogger Meet-up 2007”, or whatever you want to call it. Now I’m off to play on the slopes of Mt. Hood!

    Happy Holiday!


  2. Try Eddie McStiff’s Moab Blueberry Wheat. It’s brewed in Moab, UT – so it’s 3/2, but it does provide a distinct blueberry flaava!

    New reader of your blog, former PDX beer drinker trying to find beer hope in PHX, AZ. Would love a link to my blog from yours….if you find it entertaining.

    Will be @ OBF, this will make 15 straight! Brew on and Blog on!

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