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There’s No Beer Like Portland Beer May 17, 2010

Posted by stacyb17 in Bars, Excursions.
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I spent the weekend in rural Pennsylvania at my cousin’s college graduation. On Saturday night, we had dinner at the Iron Works Brewery in Lancaster. My uncle Peter and I split the eight beer taster tray and my uncle Marty got an additional three tastes that I also tested. Wow, do they have a lot to learn about beer. Their version of a pale ale, which they just called an ale but definitely had some subtle hops in it, was not surprisingly my favorite beer of the bunch. Actually, I don’t think I really can say I liked any of the other beers. I never imagined I could try 11 beers and only find one remotely palatable.

In Portland, when I do a taster tray, typically I enjoy a few of the different varieties. I like different types of beer, although IPAs are my favorite. In the summer I like lighter beers like lagers and pilsners and the occasional heffewiezen. In the winter, a red or brown ale is a welcome change of pace.  So it came as a surprise to me that I was so unimpressed with the beers at this brewery.

This is not to say, by any means that I don’t like beer in places outside of Portland, I do. But tasting the beers in Pennsylvania made me really appreciate how incredible the Portland brewing scene is and what a great group of diverse breweries we have. Now the only question is, which one should I hit next?

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