Breakside Brewery’s “Delicate As” funkiness emulated the attitude of Bobby Abrahamson’s photograph “Bob and the Puddle Cutters.” This 4.3% ABV, 13 IBU grisette had a big aroma yet mellow mouthfeel. Bobby’s photo of himself and fellow St Johns neighborhood moped riders seemed most fittingly represented by this one-off brew.
Widmer’s “Minor Industrial White Lager” stood out with it’s big bright taste and golden hue. This pre-prohibition lager was inspired by Minor White’s Untitled photo of grain silos, much like the ones near Widmer Brothers Brewery today. Widmer scaled-down the recipe to 5.5 gallons for home-brewers, (see recipe to the right). To view more of Minor White’s photographs you can visit the Portland Art Museum December 9th through May 6th.
De Garde’s “Ferme et Foret” was the opposite of cut & dry. This wild ale was zestful and intoxicating at 5% ABV, 30 IBU. Inspired by Michael Brophy’s larger than life painting of a NW forest area, “Harvest,” is a must-see painting of our times and is on permanent display on the 3rd floor of the Main Building.
Fort George’s “Nocturne” was inspired by the painting of Astoria at night. Artist Mark Andres of Portland spoke about his painting also named “Nocturne,” and how the clouds and the windows in the houses reflect light and colors. The brewer, David Coyne, said he sees this very same view often while living in Astoria. This 7.5% stout was packed with berries to match the mysterious darkness of the painting. Nocturne stout is now available on tap at Fort George Brewery & Taproom; get it while its there.
Wildcraft Cider Works “Skinner’s Time Capsule” Botanical Dry Cider was crisp, slightly sweet and refreshing. The cider was a perfect match for Eugene-based artist Norma Driscoll Gilmore’s Untitled painting of Skinner’s Butte in Eugene, with an industrial area below. The painting depicts an actual Eugene location where Wildcraft Cider now sits in the foreground. While viewing her painting and telling a friend about a recent trip to Eugene and the Cider Works location the artist came up to us and joined in conversation. Born in the late 1920s, she described how a fire destroyed some of the landscape in the image and it no longer looks the same as in her painting. With wavy silver bobbed hair, large sunglasses and a long, puffy light grey coat, she reminded me of a movie star. I felt like the stars aligned for me to be able to meet her in person at this spectacular event.