13 Mar 2012 - 1:19:30 AM
There's a very tiny brewery in the West Hills of Portland that's not on any map -- you have to know the brewer in order to sample some of his fine creations. Some people call this "homebrewing," but it's more fun to call it Nanobrewery Gretta. It shares space with the nanowinery Chateau Gretta, but as yet there is no Distillery Gretta.
Brewmaster Robert with his latest creations -- Portland, OR
Over the course of the weekend, I was able to try five of his beers, and I'm looking forward to visiting again when his two new brews are bottled and ready to drink.
- 2007 Cabernet Lambic - Awesome aged lambic, with that pure sour lambic flavor. Cabernet grapes give a good tannic and subtle grape flavor. Great balance.
- 2008 Fresh Hop - Last bottle! I love me some fresh hop beers, and this one was no exception. Strong hop aroma and great flavor, with subtle caramel notes.
- Irish-Style Stout - Nice and creamy, with coffee/smoky flavor and a slight dryness. The aroma seemed a little bit off, but everything else was on.
- Framboise - Strong raspberry aroma, great raspberry flavor. Good sour edge. Not as tart and tannic as the Cabernet Lambic.
- Gueuze - At first I tried Robert's Gueuze neat, and while I thought it was a very drinkable gueuze, after the Cab and Framboise, I felt like it was missing something. Robert had mentioned a few times about adding a little brown sugar to the glass, which he had done, and I finally followed his lead. That did the trick -- it balanced out the gueuze and added a whole new level. Yum!
Nanobrewery Gretta's Brewmaster and his beer -- Portland, OR
Robert's wife wanted a picture of the two of them kissing in front of the beer, and although I did take said picture, I have since decided to add a new rule to the roblog: No kissy-kissy pics. I'll be happy to send them a copy of the kissy-kissy, and they can create their own blog and post it. So here instead is my preferred alternative:
The Brewmaster, his wife (Brewwife? Brewbabe?), and their Brewcat, Hypatia -- Portland, OR
And that concludes my whirlwind Portland brewery tour. Whew! What will I do now? Will I let the blog go silent for another couple months? Will I finally visit some more Washington breweries? Will I write about something that isn't beer-related (i.e. climbing)? The suspense is killing me!