A few months ago I was trying to decide what to do with my life. I was convinced that I was going to move to Newport Oregon, get a job at Rogue Brewing and work my way up through the brewing ranks. They have an apprentice brewing program that I was intrigued by. Most breweries these days want to see you be a graduate of beer school (and yes there is such a thing) or have at least worked in a brewery… for years. Rogue on the other hand has things set up differently because well – they’re rogue!
Like some things in life, things don’t always pan out as you expect. I didn’t move to Newport and instead Boomer and I dropped by for a visit. I do however believe that if Boomer and I moved to Newport we would be happy there. The town is an ADORABLE sea side town. And to top it off – there are several Rogue Brewery spots in town. How could that not be a place to love?
Instead of heading to the brewery for lunch we stopped off at the Rogue Public House, which is located in a more touristy part of town, where I was surrounded by seafood restaurants. In fact there was “world famous clam chowder” just down the street at Mo’s Annex. And really how often can I get fresh seafood inland while at home? Not often, but my love of beer is stronger than my love of seafood. So I opted for the brewery… because who knows, they may offer me a job brewing beer… right?
After finding a parking spot located a few streets away I made my way back to the Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House and sat myself down while I got ready for my interview questions.
When was it that I fell in love with beer?
How long had I been brewing beer?
When did I realize I wanted to brew beer for Rouge?
Wait… what? What do I want to order for lunch? Right I wasn’t on a job interview – I was here to drink beer and eat food.
Now if I could make that my profession I’d be living the dream.
The waiter brought me a taster of the Mogul Madness Ale while I looked over the food menu. The Mogul was a tasty dark beer with an ABV of 6.6% and an IBU of 68. I went with a different beer for my pint of choice, the Dad’s Black IPA. I love black IPA’s, and it wasn’t that I didn’t love this one, but I actually liked the Mogul Madness better.
After reviewing the menu I probably could have knocked out two birds with one stone and ordered seafood but instead I ordered the Chipotle Chicken Pasta for lunch. It was a delightful, creamy pasta that was perfect for the not so warm day.