Once upon a time, LaxAllStars.com had itself a certified beer reviewer. He answered only to the name W1LDF1RE and he recommended some top notch brews.
Recently as I sat up late one night brainstorming about content, it hit me – why let a great thing go to waste? W1LDF1RE may not be around anymore, but that doesn’t mean you and I can’t quench our thirst. I like beer. You like beer. Please tell me you like trying new beers too!
Alas, the Brew House is born. Whenever I consume a new type of beer, I’ll fill you in here on the Spoon Feed.
First up: Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewery.
Deschutes Brewery is located in Bend, Oregon – just a few hours east of Eugene, where the Oregon Ducks call home. Bend isn’t known for it’s lacrosse scene, but I’ve had to pleasure of taking in a game or two there in my day and there’s definitely a GTG contingent. University of Oregon and Boise State often meet halfway during the regular season and play at Bend HS, and word has it more lax events are in the way there too.
Now, here’s the schpeel according to Deschutes:
Red Chair NWPA is named after the oldest operating lift at Mt. Bachelor here in Central Oregon. And just as the locals line up for that fabled mountain ride, they flock to our Bend brew pub whenever it goes on tap. One thing we’ve learned, “when the brew pub talks, listen.” For the past two decades, the serious beer fanatics down there seldom miss when we’ve hit on something truly special.
What makes this copper colored beauty so wildly popular? As a debut Northwest Pale Ale, it’s an adventure all its own. It has a plush body with satiny caramel flavors derived from seven varieties of malt. Yet, despite it all, it remains a hop-forward ale with that distinctive citrusy punch. Just minus any mouth-puckering bitterness.
Here’s the real deal: This beer is GREAT. If you prefer a full-bodied pale ale that goes down smooth at the end of a long day, you’ll enjoy this beer. It fills you up like a quality beer should, but its citrusy finish gives you a refreshed feeling and you’re almost instantly ready for another. Deschutes says it’s suited to be paired with Mexican food or pizza, and I’d have to agree. No bull, it’s a great beer for any day of the week.
Only available January through April, stop by your local grocery store (cross your fingers they stock craft beers from Oregon) and snag yourself a sixer of Red Chair NWPA.