We just got back from Hood River a couple hours ago. What a great weekend!
One of the fiance’s favorite beers is Full Sail’s Session. Based mostly on the fact that they’re located in Hood River we made a trip there last year, and realized the whole town is pretty amazing.
The best part about going on President’s Day weekend is that across the state it was Zwickelmania. Which is a big crazy word for Saturday being a day full of breweries doing tours and special tastings.
We started at Double Mountain because last year we missed their tour.
Of course, we couldn’t do a tour without some beer in our tummies
Helpful note friends: ABV means alcohol by volume. So, if you order a beer and the sign says 10+ ABV you get a sweet goblet of beer instead of a glass so that you don’t get too crunk.
It was a delicious brown. I have no regrets. The fiance got their IRA, which he loved.
We had a little extra time before our tour, so we split a nitro pale
Nitros use nitrogen rather than CO2 to propel it from the keg. It was crazy-there was a definite difference. Not better or worse, but different. See how creamy the top looks?
And then the tour. Oh my lord.
Our tour guide who is also a Co-Owner of the brewery, Charlie, led us into the back and instructed everyone to grab a pint glass. He then showed us how to pour glasses out of a couple of the tanks
It was a nice tour-really low key, getting to ask all sorts of questions and see how the beer gets made. While drinking free beer.
I also met Diana’s twin on our tour there too. Before this girl told me her name she told me her favorite thing in the world was good food.
At 3:55 me, the fiance, Diana’s twin, and Diana’s twin’s boyfriend realized it was 5 minutes until the last tour of the day at Full Sail. We looked at each other, looked at our beers, and then all simultaneously chugged while we ran to the door.
So if you’re keeping track, I had one super boozy beer, half a pizza, half a normal beer, far too many samples from the tank, more samples, and chocolate. And this was all before 5 pm…
Hood River is my favorite.
Do you have any places near you that you like to go to? I’m not a fan of driving, but I love that the Oregon Coast and Hood River are both only about an hour from us.