Before going to Portland I had looked at a few articles about what to see and do there. One thing that normally came up was to check out one (or many) of the breweries in the city.
The first one that I got to visit was Storm Breaker Brewing on Beech St. We sat outside in the huge patio space. The atmosphere was super fun and relaxed, and more like a backyard get-together than a restaurant. There was a fire pit, and people playing cornhole, as well as different groups sharing the same long picnic tables. A wonderful place to spend an early summer evening.
What caught my eye on the menu was their beer and whiskey pairings. I was there to try their locally brewed beer, but I absolutely love whiskey. So this was perfect! I picked the "Black Ghost" which consisted of Storm Breaker's Opacus Oatmeal Stout and Ghost Owl Pacific NW Small Batch Whiskey. It. Was. Wonderful.
I've never paired beer and whiskey before so I don't necessarily have the vocabulary to explain why these two drinks worked together, but believe me they did. The dark rich taste of the beer, with the smooth vanilla notes of the whiskey. Which is one of the very best whiskeys I've ever tasted. I even looked them up to see where I could buy a bottle for myself. Unfortunately Ghost Owl is only available in Oregon and it's home state of Washington. I'm super bummed because I'd love to have it again!
Andrea and I also got their cheese plate which was beautiful and delicious. All in all it was a lovely place to spend the night hanging out with a good friend, chatting for hours, and eating and drinking from Storm Breaker's excellent selection.
kaitlin k walsh
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