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 was 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.
The Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House is located at 748 SW Bay Blvd. They are open Sunday – Thursday 11 am – Midnight and Friday and Saturday 11am – 1am. Pets on the patio and children are welcome. Although we did not try this out, above the Public House is the Bed ‘n Beer, apartments for rent that are pet friendly. I am pretty sure Boomer and I will need to check this out next time we are in Newport… unless of course we move there 🙂