On separate dates in late Spring 2017, both, Chrissy (from Brewing Beauty) and I visited Portland, Oregon with one goal in mind, to taste the rainbow at Breakside Brewery. She visited Dekum while I explored the new location, Slabtown.
Photo by Brewing Beauty
As a gentleman, but mostly because I am A Beerded Gentlman, I will let Chrissy share her story first.
I'm back from my joyous escape from reality in the beautiful state of Oregon - and while I am happy to be back in Brooklyn - I am still going through major nature withdrawals. Luckily PDX Airport had an awesome craft beer collection, so I flew home with enough Oregon-made alcohol to soften the blow.
My trip west coast was mostly spent in Hood River - a small town about 1 hour from Portland - with some pretty awesome breweries including Full Sail, Double Mountain, and pFriem Family Brewers. When I finally made it to Portland - one of my favorite cities - I stopped by one of my local loves - Breakside Brewing <3
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the place was buzzing - but we were sat quickly. We chose a large shareable table outside and I dove straight into the impressive variety of their tap list. From IPAs to a Sour Ale to a Dry Stout - I was thrilled to try so many different styles from Breakside - as I had only tried their ever popular "Lunch Break" prior to this visit.
The lovely waitress did not hesitate when I asked to try everything on tap, and with a bit of help and a truly delectable pretzel, I drank the entire beer list at the NorthEast location - Dekum Pub (12 5oz samples to be exact.)
The clear winner for me was the Double IPA - India Golden Ale. Packed with citrus flavors and surprisingly easy to drink for 8.2% ABV. The runner-up was the Wanderlust IPA - a balanced, bright, citrus IPA.
Photo by Brewing Beauty
My turn to share my experience at Breakside Slabtown
Seattle and Portland are cut from the same cloth; the same family bloodline. Both are full of causally weird scenes painted with an abundance of foodies and breweries. However, Portland is the Seattle’s hip laid-back uncle that lets everyone knows he's weird. He has friends that still wear Docs, mommy jeans, and plaid flannels around the waist. I love the 90s.
Portland is my Uncle Rico. He lives in the past, boasts about the past, but makes the present interesting. Portland boasts about their craft beer, and they should. The Pacific Northwest (PNW) has great beers. However, my taste buds have been intensely exposed to hops that I either seek for the “Wow” factor or the easy but flavorful beer that I can drink continuously throughout the summer.
Breakside opened its newest pub in Slabtown just 5 miles southwest of its Dekum location in Portland, OR. I arrived at Breakside Slabtown as the clocked turned 4 PM and the sun dialed it up to 71 degrees. Perfect timing for the summer beers on their patio in the sun. This brewery, like many others in the PNW, is kid and dog friendly. I witnessed a cockapoo and 4 yr old girl meet and become friends. Nothing weird about that.
Breakside feels like home. I enjoyed their Slabtown Sampler Tray with my wife and enjoy the company of neighbors. I did not find my “Wow” factor, but I found that summer beer; “Wombat vs Wallaby.” It delivered a smooth texture with a slight bitter finish. There are many out there that enjoy this beer, and I recommend trying it for yourself. If you don’t trust me, read other, more in depth, reviews on Untappd.
Overall, Breakside Slabtown is a beautiful location for all to enjoy. It may not be in the heart of downtown Portland, but it does offer opportunities that are in walking distance. Unfortunately, I did not have much time to explore before my train headed back up to Seattle. Next time I will visit Breakside’s Dekum location.