It's a fine Saturday evening out here on the Left Coast and I have a fine Winter Ale that is going down great. Spent my Friday up in Portland but was back late last night - it is nice to be home! I picked up a few souvenirs on my trip though - including the 22 oz craftbrew that you see above. The brewery is Oakshire, which is located in Eugene Oregon, a bit east and south of Portland. I've had the Overcast Expresso Stout from the brewery and it was very nice, so I thought I would pick up their Winter Ale. This is called the Ill Tempered Gnome - great name!
Let's see, the website calls out 65 IBU, 6.8 % ABV and 15.5 Plato, but hey, I'm no Philosopher.... I have to say that the Overcast was a wee bit better, as this American Brown Ale is lacking a bit in my humble opinion. Not to say that I am not enjoying it, but I have had some better Seasonal Brown Ales before (love the Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Ale). The Gnome has a nice dark amber color and a wisp of a head. Nice roasted malt flavors (brown sugar, chocolate and toffee). Saving the second half of the bomber for dinner to go with some grilled Salmon and fingerling potatoes.
Oakshire website ------> Take a little Gnome home
Beer Guy PDX review -----> 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4
Hit up a few record stores while up in the The City Of Roses. I had been to Music Millennium in the past and it is a great store (see photo above). They have added a line of "Keep Portland Weird" merchandise - stickers, pint glasses, buttons, etc - pretty weird if ya ask me... Also hit up Green Noise - the home of Dirtnap records.
A couple of new stores I found - Mississippi Records - freakin great for 7"ers! and Smut records - yes that is spelled correctly - strange that I didn't find any of those X-rated 45's there....