It’s that time of year again, folks. With anniversaries come beercations. This year, Brock and I head northeast to Hood River, OR. It’s a seriously beautiful town nestled between Mt Hood to the south and the Columbia River and Mt Adams to the North. It’s even more quaint than Bend and Bend is pretty effing quaint. Like Bend, Hood River is full of beautiful outdoorsy people who like to wind surf, kite surf and kayak on the Columbia and they also like to get down and drink some beer. I’m not much of a sportsman, but I do love beautiful people drinking beer. This weekend was really jam-packed and I could go on and on, so I’ll give some of the highlights.
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I’m quite excited to say I’ve entered that level of beer geekness that can only be achieved by one’s first beer exchange. Through my blogging endeavors, I’ve met a fellow home brewer from Texas that really appreciates the beers of the Northwest. You can take look at his blog whatsinmybeer. Since I’m in Oregon and have access to all this lovely Northwest beer, I thought, “aw heck, I should send this guy some beer. Maybe I’ll get some in return!” Thus, a beer exchange was born. I am incredibly excited, especially because this package should be received by the recipient tomorrow. I really hope I did a good job and picked some beers that are not only appreciated for deliciousness, but also are a little taste of the NW from hoppy IPAs, delicious porters, to a sour Belgian. We’ll see.
I sent 4 22 oz beers (including a homebrew porter) and 1 350mL offering from Russian River (you may remember my discussion of Damnation). The two beers I really wanted to get were Abyss from Deschutes and Pliny from Russian River. But everybody wants those beers and they just weren’t around from what I could find, I’ll have to start keeping a better stock.
If you were embarking on your first beer exchange endeavor, what would you pick as representative of your area/tastes? What would you hope to receive in return?