Is Great White beer great?

I had some beer (one seasonal) in my fridge waiting to be tasted. You know they were just chillaxing waiting for their turn to be featured on this site. But they were casualties of not only having company but of company that likes to drink too. They didn’t make it through the weekend. So on my way home today I stopped at Fred Meyer in the Hawthorne District to get an old favorite. If you haven’t been to the Freddy’s on Hawthorne & Chavez you haven’t experienced the best selection of beer in a supermarket in PDX. It’s insane, they have organic, foreign, single long bottles, micro & craft, six packs, hard to find selections and much, much more. I didn’t have time to snap a picture of the area because I was in a hurry (the store claims to have over a 1000 different varieties of beer).

Before my palate delightfully moved toward preferring bitter beer the most a few years ago I tried a wonderful white beer (or maybe more of a pale lager type mixture) from the Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe in Eureka, CA. What you say? Humboldt County in Northern California has a decent brewery and not just huge marijuana farms? Yes, sir. This light golden, easy on the smell, micro is called the Great White (ABV 4.8 – 5.0). The head was an impressive fluffy but the finish wasn’t. There was a small amount of floaties but it wasn’t cloudy like yeasty white beers and it was also not as tasty. On the brewery’s website it lists the many awards this beer has won. I can see why at least when possibly compared to beers in its category. However this beer doesn’t quite surpass the threshold of excellent beers. But its good nonetheless and I must admit that I still like it. The price is decent and it will go over well when I’m with buddies who haven’t caught the good tasting, micro-beer bug and stuck on domestics. Not that I’m talking smack about this beer comparing it to a domestic but in some ways it is. Cheers!

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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