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.
And we had pizza
Which is cooked in a 700 degree brick oven. Delicious.
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
You heard me. FREE BEER FROM THE TANKS.
Possibly the coolest thing ever.
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.
Full Sail is a bigger brewery. It’s avialable in pretty much every state west of the Mississippi, and next month they’re taking over another building, which means they’ll be able to produce even more
The tanks they have are huge
No, SERIOUSLY huge. See where the words are compared to our guide?
We got to hear about the bottling line
And see how even though they make a ton of beer, the recipes are still hand written, and done by people, not machines
People seem to like their beer
Our tour ended with a sample of a dark beer, plus chocolate
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.