I believe I have a knack for spotting breweries. It’s like I’m a living brewery locator app. I often find myself driving down the road and out of the corner of my eye I see “brew”, which is just enough to catch my attention. I whip the car around, find myself a parking space and discover a new beer. It’s divine.
While driving through Newberg Oregon I was running late. I had planned on eating dinner on the Oregon Coast but was delayed due to Friday night traffic in Portland. Yeah I know who in their right mind tries to drive through Portland at 5pm on a Friday. After being stuck in traffic for 2 hours I was starving and knew I was not going to make it to the coast for dinner. As I started to contemplate what to do I saw a sandwich board on the side of the road that said “Brewery” with an arrow pointing to a building. I immediately pulled in and found Chehalem Valley Brewing.
The brewery is set up with both inside seating and outside seating. As it was a nicer day I found myself a spot outside and ordered the Bald Peak Black Ale. I like Black IPA’s so I thought I would give this black ale a try. It also had two of my favorite hops used to brew it, Northern Brewer and Cascade. I recommend anyone who is getting into the beer world to learn your hop flavors. It comes in handy when trying new beers because if you know which hops you like and which you do not you can usually tell which beers you will like and not like based on the hops used. The Cascade hop is my favorite hop with the flavor and aroma of grapefruit. The Cascade hop is usually found in American Pale Ales, Ambers and IPA’s. The Northern Brewer hop has a woody flavor with a touch of mint. Who doesn’t like mint with their grapefruit? The beer had a good balance of hops and satisfied my sudden love for darker beers.
As I sipped on the black ale I decided to order the fish tacos for dinner. Typically I order a burger and a beer while at the breweries but today I was feeling like spicing things up. The fish tacos were grilled talapia with a cilantro lime aioli sauce. Another typical thing about me is that I don’t like cilantro, but in this case it paired well with the fish. The three tacos came out of the kitchen only to be gobbled up minutes later (I told you I was starving!).
As I was delayed earlier in traffic, and who am I kidding, delayed anyways because I am always running behind while traveling, I decided to grab my bill and head out. Although the beer menu was tempting to order another, specifically the Cascade Pale Ale or the Hop on Pop Double IPA, I had to show some restraint (much to my dismay). Boomer was also waiting in the car and he was promised some beach time before bedtime. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, Boomer pretty much runs the show around here!