Squirrel Sippin’ on Some Vinter Varmer

Photo by The Prudent Cyclist of Flickr.com

Tonight’s tasty micro comes from a brewery which had “Portland’s first certified organic beers.” The Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is a pub I’ve yet to visit (I know, I know) but its at the top of my list of pubs to get to. I pass by it about 3 or 4 times a month and from the outside the brewery looks inviting. Just like it should, right? Anyway, I tasted their Gearhead IPA for an older post and found it to be average even for this hophead.

One of the pub’s seasonal is the Vinter Varmer (6.4 ABV, 49 IBU). Love the name. Why the different spelling? Well its site says “It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.” HA. Like the seasonal warmers that I enjoy the Vinter Varmer was indeed warming and hoppy. Its aroma had a scent of citrus. It had a dark amber presentation with a full-bodied head. I could see the unfiltered floaties but most made their way to the bottom after the pour. The finish was hoppy, malty and medium to decently lasting which was delightfully pleasing to my palate. On the label is a drawing of a squirrel sippin’ on some brew. Hope PITA doesn’t trip. 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)


  1. eVery Vang Sound Vetter vith a V! I gotta try this one.

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