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Portland Beer Tour

So last Saturday, some friends and colleagues of mine and I met in Portland Oregon to look for some good beer. There were three of us: one from academia (we’ll call him “Joel”), and two from the craft brewing industry (myself, and “Sarah” for the purposes of this article). Sarah was on a Voyage of Discovery to find out what kinds of sour beers are being made and which ones are popular, but we also wanted to discuss the current state of sensory science in our own organizations as well as across the brewing industry. A Summit of Sensory Scientists, I guess you could say.

Now, sour beers are really not my preferred style of beer so my goal was just to find some beers and food that I enjoyed. I would have no problem trying the sour beers, but I certainly wasn’t going to be ordering any for myself. I also didn’t go into this trip with the idea that I’d analyze, or even remember, each beer I tried, but I did want to form some general opinions on the bars that we visited, and some of the food and beverages that they served. Below is a general overview of the places we visited, and what we thought about the products they offered.

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Sour times in Portland

I guess it’s going to be one of those blogs where posts come few and far between.

Anyway, this weekend some sensory colleagues of mine and I will be assembling in Portland to discuss various matters, as well as to tour local facilities. Part of the focus for some of us is to be tasting various sour beers. Here’s where you come in: know of any pubs and breweries in Portland, Oregon with any sour beers on tap? It’s been awhile since I’ve spent any appreciable time in Portland, and there are likely a number of breweries which didn’t exist the last time I was there.

So if you have any tips or suggestions for establishments that we can darken with our presence, please let me know by the end of the week!

(Maybe I’ll turn it into a post as well)