So I realized something. I decided to change my beer blog posts up, by changing to a monthly post, which I did for December…. and then I missed January… and then February and now we are to the middle of March.
Apparently, I need a personal assistant, not that I can afford to pay one, but someone who can hold me accountable for the things I say and then make me do them.
For now, I’ll have to hold myself accountable. So here it goes, March’s Monthly Beer Round Up.
Orlison Brewing, Spokane Washington
This brewery is located in downtown Spokane Washington. I’ll start off with the most obvious fact. Parking will be a pain if you can’t find metered parking. And make sure you can otherwise your beer tab will be less than your parking tab. And that is even true for someone who drinks a lot of beer, like myself.
I found myself in a nook of a tap room on a mid-afternoon with the beertender and two other patrons. I stuck to what I know and ordered a flight of beer. I had tasted Orlison’s beer before but there are a few worthy repeats such as the Orangelicious Golden Ale. I’m not a huge fan of golden ales due to their lack of IBU’s, but this beer tastes just like an adult version of a creamsicle and it is delightful.
Another beer on the list to try is the IPL. And no that’s not a mistype. It’s an India Pale Lager. There are 9 different hops in this beer and chimes in with a 63 IBU and a decent 7% ABV. It still has characteristics of a lager, light and fresh, but also gives you a decent hop punch.
Orlison’s tap room is located at 1017 West 1st Ave in Spokane Washington
Post Falls Brewing, Post Falls Idaho
Before or after heading to Post Falls Brewing be sure to stop by the Post Falls Dam and pick up a bit of history about the area’s logging community. Because who doesn’t like looking at raging waters falling over a spill way?
Once you reach the brewery, located by the iconic water tower, you will find dog-friendly outside seating and inside bar seating. I located myself a spot at the bar and enjoyed the live music offering while I awaited my flight of beer.
Some top beers at Post Falls Brewing are definitely the Stoney MacGuyver IPA and the Fat Lenny New England IPA.
Let’s start first with the Fat Lenny New England IPA as New England IPAs are all the rage right now with their juicy, tropical notes. I have been warming up to the juiciness of this style but haven’t quite fully committed to it. Although I am always willing to give them a try. This beer has a 5.9% ABV and a 60 IBU, so it’s not overly bold but has good flavors and proves to be a good contender for drinking a few on a warm summer day.
The Stoney MacGuyver is a mixture of two hops I love, citra and mosaic, which of course fashions a good combination. The IBU is an 85, which means it’s got some muscle behind its pretty amber color.
Post Falls Brewing is located at 112 N Spokane Street in Post Falls Idaho.
Yakima Craft Brewing, Yakima Washington
The Yakima area may not be well known, but to the beer world, it’s kind of a big deal. Your piece of trivia for the day, 77% of the hops grown in the United States come from the Yakima area. That’s a lot of hops. And while driving around Yakima you won’t be surprised as the area is hugged by hop field after hop field.
I arrived to Yakima Craft Brewing on a mid-week afternoon and had the place to myself. The outside patio is dog-friendly so I ordered up a flight and brought the dogs in tow as I tried out the different beers Yakima had to offer.
I started first with the Achilles Barleywine. I mean why not start with a 9.9% beer, right out of the gate? It was boozy and dark just like you would expect a barleywine to be. It had some nice body and had tasty caramel notes.
The Una Mas Pale Ale was also a favorite of mine, rolling in with a 4.4% ABV and a 25 IBU. Although both low on bittering and alcohol content this beer had a bold citrus note that had me asking for more.
Yakima Craft Brewing is located at 2920 River Road #6 in Yakima Washington.