Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hanging on the Block in Corvallis

After a limited response to my "Choose My Friday Adventure" post, I ended up sticking around Portland last Friday and visiting the Rhododendron Garden at Bill from Its Pub Night's request. A beautiful spot, I recommend a visit. A great taplist of Slurpees can be found at the nearby 7-Eleven on 28th St. if you want a cold one for your visit to the gardens. Might I recommend a mix of banana and orange?

On Sunday, the whole family took advantage of the nice weather to make our first visit to Corvallis. A sleepy little town with a nice central district along the river. My daughter had a blast playing in the park near downtown and along the river front. I took advantage of the trip to visit Block 15 Brewery.

The few beers I have had from Block 15 have been winners, including the Oaked St. Nick from the last Holiday Ale Festival. I went with a sample tray at the brewery - you select 5 beer from the list for $4.95. I went with the Alpha IPA, Aboriginale, Single Hop Centennial IPA, Saison, and Nebula Stout.

The IPA was a tasty classic Northwest IPA with lots of citrus notes. The single hop IPA was muted with a lackluster citrus flavor considering the use of Centennial hops. The Aboriginale was a winner. Described as a NW Ale, it does not fall into a distinct category other than tasty. Lots of floral aromas without being overly bitter. The Saison was a nice change but not mindblowing and the Nebula Stout, which I have had before, did not disappoint.

The food was decent pub food with excellent fries. The place was quite busy on a Sunday afternoon which was great to see. I filled a growler full of the Aboriginale for $7! Another brewery offering a killer deal on growlers, I love it.

All in all, a good trip to Corvallis. I was a little disappointed that Block 15 did not have a few more interesting seasonals on tap. But, the lineup is constantly evolving and they do a great job of listing upcoming beers and those currently aging. Corvallis was great for a lazy Sunday in the sun. I can highly recommend the Gelato place a couple of blocks from the brewery.

But, the family was pretty bored after a few hours. I wish I could say this is the first of many trips to Corvallis, but that is not likely. But, I encourage you to make the short trip down to visit Block 15 Brewery and ask your favorite haunts in Portland to bring in their beers!

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