The good people of Wine Warehouse invited us to their Spring Tasting at Fort Mason, I couldn't say no. I had no idea what to expect, but being familiar with Wine Warehouse's product I knew I was in for a good time.
As soon as I walked in I knew they weren't playing. The spread was impeccable. I walked past the Rosés in the front straight to the craft liquor. There I found Portland's very own Bull Run Distilling Company and they helped me to some straight whiskey. Behind me was some excellent food; perfect Báhn mì, potstickers, spring rolls and there was even freshly shucked oysters just 10 yards down the row.
I left the whiskeys and headed straight to the back for THE BEER. My girlfriend grabbed some delicious fries and a beet salad while I grabbed one of my favorite beers in the world, the Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock. Then I just went crazy. I went to the Bruery's booth and talked to the CEO over some Oude Tart. I headed to my right and had some Tripel Karmeliet, Delirium Tremens, St. Bernardus, you name it. Then I went back to my left and had some Clown Shoe's Vampire Slayer, Brash Item 9 American Wheat IPA, Cismontane Extra Pale Ale and everything else that was good. There was honestly too much good stuff to mention, Wine Warehouse knew exactly what they were doing.
I'm very glad I went to the tasting and I'll make it a point to go to everyone from now on. Thank you Wine Warehouse for the invitation, you guys really know how to put on a show.
P.S Preserve patrons, watch out for some new craft whiskey soon.
Evil Twin Brewing comes from Denmark, yet the 2 beers we're getting on draft were brewed in South Carolina and Fanø Bryghus (an island off the coast of Denmark). The evil genius behind the beer doesn't really care much for recipes or replicating beers. It's probably safe to say the beers you'll find on tap at Preserve will never be brewed again.
The beers are unique and the names are fitting. There's a smoked pilsner, aka The Cowboy, and Bikini Beer, a 2.7% IPA. The man behind the brewery, that doesn't actually have a brewery, is truly a genius for what he's created. Evil Twin brews the type of beer you have to order just to say you've tried it.
We're getting 2 unforgettable beers: Femme Fatale Blanc, and Lil B. Femme Fatale Blanc is essentially a sour IPA, something you don't typically find at your grandpa's bar. Lil B is an 11.5% Imperial Porter, not as rare as the Nelson-hopped Brettanomyces IPA, but still something to be appreciated.
Look forward to seeing Evil Twin at Preserve in the days to come, I know I am.
Tap handles? Tap sandles?
I can honestly say this is the first time I've ever seen or used tap handles as makeshift stepping tools. It was awkward. I promise I'll never do it again. Don't try it at home either.
Although Port Brewing's tap handles make for great foot protectors, their beer makes for even better parched-throat quenching. On tap now at Preserve you can find the 8.5% West Coast D.I.P.A, Mongo. Mongo is the real deal. If you like hoppy, strong beers, I guarantee this one will make you happy. We've had their Wipeout IPA on tap before, and it will be back soon, real soon, trust me. You can also look forward to seeing their fresh hopped D.I.P.A, Hop-15, on tap at Preserve soon too.
Port Brewing is one of those breweries that never disappoints. It's pretty safe to say that any beer they brew is guaranteed to taste good. It's nice to see Port popping up more and more in the area. This San Diego Brewery will always have a spot reserved in Winters.
(The flight pictured above is The Hoppy Trail. From left to right, the beers are Auburn Gold Digger IPA, Sculpin IPA, Palate Wrecker, Stone Enjoy By 4/20, Double Jack.)
There was talk of panic around town until the good people of Track 7 Brewing Company (Ryan Graham and Geoff Scott) hand delivered us 1,984 fluid ounces of Panic I.P.A. After one sip, we knew Track 7 and their 7% American I.P.A belonged on Preserve's taps. The Panic I.P.A definitely stays true to its West Coast roots. It's well balanced, but like most West Coast IPAs, the hop's citrus and pine notes take center stage in your mouth. The I.P.A's hop load isn't overly dominant, and definitely not lacking. At 70 IBUs (International Bittering Units) this beer is perfectly balanced and ready to be enjoyed at Preserve Public House.
And that's not all...
Since Track 7 came to Preserve, we found it fitting to visit their home and see what Track 7 was really about. We sampled all their beer and decided to not just have 1, but 2, of Track 7's beers on tap in Preserve. Ryan Graham, head brewer, tapped his awesome Smoked Porter early, just for us, and I ended up carrying a 1/6 barrel keg of Smoked Porter straight out of the Taproom.
Get used to Track 7, they're local and they're making awesome beer.