Ah, the wonderful city of Portland. The longer I am away from it, the more perfect it becomes in my mind. Sure, it’s full of hippies, but look past that! The people have a positivity about them. It is like they are all on the same page. Environment? Check! None of this bullshit where flat-earthers tell them to “stop building transit” and “fuck recycling, it’s a waste of time.” Portland don’t play that! Portland has no doubt. Like it… or get out.
Portland is a city of progress, art, nature, and granola.
If you take the character of the city of Portland and put it in a bottle, you would get something like Harvester Brewing Dark Ale. It is the quintessential Portland beer… or at least it should be.
A nice dark beer on Hawthorne on a summer evening, stressing about my 26 final exams, trying to escape… looking at the flickering lights of the Baghdad Theatre… Smelling pizza that I could hardly afford… This was Portland for me.
As I look at the belgian lace left on my pint glass on my desk, I am almost teleported back to that time, a nice time. Not as nice as now, but nonetheless, a nice time.
This dark ale is a real treat, and the faint of heart should not shy away from it. It has a smooth sweet taste. The colour is a dark rich red. It has excellent, persistent head. There is an intense caramel aroma and caramel and liqueur taste. The aftertaste lingers only for a few moments.
The intensity smooths out even more as you finish it, and the oatmeal taste begins to surface.
This is clean-tasting with excellent flavour, and a lot of personality.
Harvester Brewing Dark Ale