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Beers That Blew Our Minds In 2017

Jan 09, 2018 Comments (0) Beers That Blew Our Minds In 2017

We’re looking back at the delicious beers we’ve tasted in 2017 and looking forward to the new beers we’ll be crushing all of 2018!

 Daniel Sharp, Director of Brewing Operations

Daniel Sharp, Director of Brewing Operations

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: Boneyard Bonafide was pretty good.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: Ninkasi Prismatic Juicy IPA!

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: Trumer Pilz.

Beer goals for 2018: Get my Cicerone Cert!

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: pFriem, they have all the toys.

 

James Adler, Quality Specialist

James Adler, Quality Specialist

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: pFriem Wit from the pFriem tasting room in Hood River is the best Belgian beer I’ve ever had.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: I’m excited to watch Alesong’s portfolio continue to expand.

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: The answer to this has got to be Yours Truly. I will be crushing cans on the river next summer!

Beer goals for 2018: I’m gonna take a trip to Asheville to check out the mansions that Sierra Nevada and New Belgium built. Plus, I hear good things about the town and I’ve never been to the East Coast so I can check a lot of things off my list with that trip.

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: Deschutes (I got the special Quality tour).

Favorite beer and food pairing in 2017: pFriem Abrakoos with key lime pie. Doesn’t get any better.

Ali AAsum, Communications Director

Ali AAsum, Communications Director

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017:  Forever and always, Sleigh’r, but this year’s Cask-Strength Ground Control was beautiful (and boozy). Not of Ninkasi: I was able to get my hands on a Westvleteren Belgian Trappist beer and it 100% knocked my socks off.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: Prismatic! I hear tropical, juicy hops calling my name. Hello!

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: I’m looking forward to enjoying Pacific Rain in cans on all my hiking adventures.

Beer goals for 2018: Every year the holidays roll around and I say, “Wouldn’t it have been great if I brewed a beer for gifts?” THIS. IS. THE YEAR.

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: Buoy Beer in Astoria. This area holds such history and Buoy is a great way to experience it with a beer in-hand, overlooking the Pacific.

Favorite beer and food pairing in 2017: To kick off the release of this year’s Ground Control, we hosted a beer dinner at OMSI. The resident chef baked up an unbelievable pairing of a sticky bread pudding to pair with the beer. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was out-of-this-world.

Mat Olive, Brewery Experience Coordinator

Mat Olive, Brewery Experience Coordinator

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: Great Notion – Juice Box.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: Fort George 3-Way IPA.

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: Ninkasi Prismatic

Beer goals for 2018: Visit Washington breweries. Homebrew more frequently.

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: Wayfinder Brewing, Portland.

Favorite beer and food pairing in 2017: Out of Bounds Brewing Hurly Burly Port Barrel Aged Barleywine and Hebrew Nationals.

Alyssa Miller, East Coast Regional Manager

Alyssa Miller, East Coast Regional Manager

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: Always a close call, but this one still gives me butterflies on thought alone- Alesong Terrior Pinot Gris.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: Pretty much everything and anything from Burleyoak out of Maryland and Alesong out of Oregon.

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: PRISMATIC JUICY IPA IN CANZ!

Beer goals for 2018: Spread the independent brew love to macro drinkers far and near!

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: Corny, I know, but Ninkasi!  I’m a long way from the mothership and it is always like a coming home for me.

Favorite beer and food pairing in 2017: HANDS DOWN- Buffalo “wing” Mushrooms and Pacific Rain Pale Ale at Wicked Sisters in Baltimore, Maryland!

 Joe Kleiber, Lab Guy

Joe Kleiber, Lab Guy

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: Claim 52 Bird Up because it was like nothing I’ve had before.

Beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: Anything by Alesong.

Beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: More craft lagers.

Beer goals for 2018: Capture and brew with wild yeast.

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: Deschutes.

Favorite beer and food pairing in 2017: Yachats Flanders Red and their plate of fermented things.

 Meghan Farmer, Dock Sales & Customer Support

Meghan Farmer, Dock Sales & Customer Support

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: Oh gosh, that’s tough. I had a fantastic Belgian Dubbel from Monkless in Bend! Or Instinctive Travels from Wolves & People.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: My husband and I have 2017 Hunahpu from Cigar City!

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: Prismatic! What’s better than a sessionable, juicy IPA in cans?!

Beer goals for 2018: Hit up 50 new breweries this year! I’d love to plan a trip to Seattle, WA or head down to CA and hit up Russian River and Rare Barrel.

Favorite brewery you visited in 2017: Wolves & People in Newberg, OR – it’s on a hazelnut farm! Their Instinctive Travels and spiced double were delicious and the spot is wonderful.

Favorite beer and food pairing in 2017: Block 15’s Nebula Stout with a warm chocolate chip cookie. It’s the ultimate comfort food!

Jules Lerdahl, Sensory Specialist

Jules Lerdahl, Sensory Specialist

Best beer you’ve tasted in 2017: pFriem Schwarzbier.

The beer you’re looking forward to tasting in 2018: I’m going to Northern Spain in a few months and I’m excited to check out some craft beers there that I wouldn’t be able to taste elsewhere.

The beer you’re looking forward to drinking year-round in 2018: Yours Truly.

Beer goals for 2018: Judge at least two competitions, keep a better log of beers I’ve tried and loved, and get a beer mini-fridge so I can save my refrigerator from its current fate of always being half full of “special” bottles.

 

What were your favorite beers of 2017? What beers are you looking forward to drinking this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers to a delicious 2018! 

 


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