January is IPA Month at the Hophouses!
As usual, we will curate a blind taste test of 12 different IPAs. Pick your favorite – the most popular beer gets put on Tap One all year round at both Hophouses.
Past winners have been – Pallet Jack, Barley Brown. RPM, Boneyard (2 yrs). Vortex, Fort George.
This is how the Top 12 Oregon IPAs got chosen –
We talked to Hophouse staff and Hophouse patrons over the past month or two about their favorite IPAs. We balanced the list off between some old stalwarts like Workhorse and some new breweries called Drinking Horse (notice the horse theme, in case you missed it). We eliminated some of the beers we usually use because they didn’t do as well in years past. Admittedly, there are forty or so IPAs in Oregon that could have been on this list.
So the beers chosen this year (in random order) are:
Not only do you pick your favorite (blind), but you correspond the beers you think you know with a list, and the best beer tasters win prizes.
Here is how it works:
You’ll get a flight of 6 IPAs, and a separate list of all 6 beers including the hop varietals used in each, as disclosed by the brewers. You may get to smell-test some dried hops. You try to match the 6 with a list of 6 beers. Then you get a second flight, and repeat with a second list.
If you get 10-12 matches right, you get a free mug club membership (sweeeeet!!!). There will be lesser prizes awarded as the contest progresses.
All lists will be graded at the end of each week. You’ll learn how many you got right, and if you earned a prize.
Cost to enter the contest is $12/person. Prizes include tshirts, mug club memberships, growlers, gift cards, etc.
Buy your woman, man or neighbor a Hophouse gift card.
Load it with any amount of cash.
As a bonus, from now until the end of the year:
Load it withe $30.00 for yourself or as a gift and get a $1 coupon for any beer.
Load it with $50.00 and take home a free glass growler.
The bartender has gift envelopes and can put curled ribbon on the growler – whatever you want. Just stop by and let us know.
We are now launching our new Mug Club program for our regulars. We changed a couple of things that we think will make it better. Mug Club membership costs $50/year, and with that you get the following:
All beer is served in the 18-ounce mug glasses and the price is the same as a 12-ounce pour. For example, Pallet Jack would cost you a mere $4.50 for the Mug Club glass.
- Happy Hour Menu:
- Mug Club members now get Happy Hour food menu and prices, all hours, all days. We have a new Happy Hour menu with even more options. This inexpensive limited menu makes it possible for you to stop in and get a bite and a beer at any hour. Which is nice during dinner if you’re not that hungry – you can just get a grilled chicken cheddar sandwich for $6 or a side of our fresh-cut fries for $4. Plus a beer or two, of course.
- New Mug Club Cards:
Mug Club members get new cards with slots for 132 local beers and ciders (used to be only 100 in 2011 but there’s a new brewery on every block now). Every time you get a beer from a particular brewery, you get a punch in that slot. The more punches, the more rewards:
- 25 punches, free growler fill;
- 50 punches, free growler fill and a Hophouse Tshirt of your choice;
- 75 punches, $30 gift card to use at either location;
- 100 punches, all of our respect, bragging rights, plus Lifetime Membership which means you don’t have to pay annual cost.
It will now be easier to get the 100 punches for the Lifetime Membership, because there are more beers (and ciders). So it’s easier to qualify.
And, it’s got nifty QR codes, so you can scan the cards with your phone to see which pub has which beer on tap, in order to get the card finished more easily. Taplists should be updated daily.
Appetizer: Crab and Shrimp stuffed Crimini Mushrooms, Paired with the Baerlic Cream Ale;
Entree: Braised Beef Belly atop purred parsnips with wilted arugula and a mushroom sauce, Paired with the Baerlic Arctos Red;
Dessert: Granny Smith Apple Pie (in ball jars), Paired with either the Baerlic Brown Ale or the Winter Gose (both are delicious depending on preference).
Come on in, no reservations required.
Kolin from Northwest Cider Brokers will be on hand next Wednesday 10/21/15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Hawthorne location only, to pour the following ciders from Swift Cider and Red Tank Cider:
Swift Dank Hop
Red Tank Pear Bear
Red Tank CHOPS!
Free tastes, discounted tulips and pints for the evening. Maybe some tshirts and swag.
There likely will be some limited production pumpkin ales as well available for tasting and drinking. Pumpkin flights are now available. Some fresh hop beers still around as of now, check the taplist.
On tap now or soon: Rev Nat’s fresh hopped “Hopricot” cider, Stickman “Fresh-a-rillo” IPA, Base Camp “Fresh Hop Town” saison, Backwoods fresh hop “Citra” IPA, Wild Ride fresh hop “Climber” pale ale, Baerlic “Stay Fresh” fresh hop alt bier, Double Mountain fresh hop “Killer Red”, Ex Novo “Dot the O” fresh hop kolsch, Leikam Brewing (brand new brewery!) “I’m Fresh” IPA, Gilgamesh unfiltered fresh hop IPA, Pints “Harvest” fresh hop IPA, Hopworks fresh hop “Non-Stop-Hefe-Hop” wheat beer, Loowit fresh hop pale “Judge WOPNA”, Stickman “Fresh-a-rillo” IPA, Snipes Mountain “Loza Farms” Fresh Hop Pale, Snipes Mountain “Paquero” Fresh Hop Imperial IPA, Gilgamesh “Fresh Prince” Fresh Hop Double IPA, “Hoppy Accident” Fresh IRA from Ex Novo, “Oregon SMASH” – Fresh Hop Saison with Amarillo Hops from Mazama, Double Mountain fresh hop “Killer Red”, Oakshire “Centurion” Wet Hopped Centennial Pale Ale, Ex Novo “Fresh Hop Oktoberfest”, Ninkasi “Total Crystalation” fresh hop IPA. Fresh hop flights available now!
Four Anderson Valley taps will be pouring at Hawthorne Hophouse on August 19th, with discounts pours, a swag giveaway, and a rep present for some tastings from 6-8 PM. Take advantage of these killer brews while they last!
Hophouse will be shaking things up a bit during the Hawthorne Street Fair on Sunday, August 16th. Stop by our parking lot for outdoor brews and live music!
August 6th is International IPA Day and both Hophouses are observing this beeriday by offering discounted pints and mugs of Barely Browns award-winning Pallet Jack IPA to all our loyal customers. Take advantage of this worldwide celebration at your local pub, sipping arguably the best IPA on the globe.
Palate Palooza Answers 2015
1) Baerlic Cream Ale
2) Occidental Pils
3) HUB Lager
4) Lompoc Kick Axe
5) Migration PDX Kolsch
6) Base Camp IPL
7) Upright 4
8) Ex Novo Lillis Saison
9) Commons Urban Farmhouse
10) Laurelwood Workhorse
11) Gigantic IPA
12) Breakside IPA
If you took a picture of your sheet you can reference it here. If not, we have the physical copies here at the bar. If you made it to the finals, congratulations! You should have already received an email and should head to 15th later today 7/7/2015.