Arch Harder

Two weeks ago was Arch Bridge Taphouse’s 2nd anniversary, and it was a good one. Being located out in Oregon City makes it a bit of a hike from Portland, but the delicious beers at Arch Bridge tend to stay on draft for much longer than the higher trafficked bars in town.

Case in point: Fou Foune was on draft all day.

Fou Foune next to Fremont Rusty Nail. Saturdays are rough.

Really, really old de Garde! Trevor would be pissed if I had untappd and gave this a negative review. Honestly though, it’s still pretty good.

Wait, is that a de Garde magnum of The Purple?!

Aww yiss. Beer was absolutely fantastic too, getting nice and funky right now.

Last can of OJ

Yeah, I even broke out the DSLR for this one. Crazy right?

Money shot.

Beer and Card Games

Doing it right.

No. No no no, no no no.

Was drainpoured, and made my whole apartment smell like the inside of a dunkin donuts dumpster.

This is Tasty.

Also hazy. My poop is going to be superb tomorrow.

Geuze and Oysters – 4 years running

The gang gets together every year to do a big lambic tasting paired with an absurd amount of oysters. This year, 12 dozen oysters sacrificed themselves for our gluttony. If this was American Gods we would all be all-powerful right now.

Our basket game is pretty fucking strong right now.

Was not good.

This beer has aged really nicely, but I’m a little sad it doesn’t look hot pink anymore.

Barrel aged baltic porters are fantastic, breweries should do this more often.

Don’t put stupid fucking raspberries in beer….unless you’re Goose Island, then go ahead.

This was pretty good, but not nearly as epic as the name 🙂

Been a couple years since I’ve had Vera Mae, but it’s definitely one of the better Hill Farmstead’s saisons.

de Garde The Broken Truck No. 2: Very, very good, but lacks a little bit of complexity compared to the lambics that we had that day.

Cantillon Grand Cru Brucscella 2006: 2010 cork date? God damn Cantillon is weird with its naming schemes. It was the best Grand Cru bottle I’ve had, but I still don’t understand why some people rave about this beer when it is older.

A vertical of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek. The beers were surprisingly different year to year. I would rank the best ones as 2009, 2004, and 2011. 2009 was funky, tons of cherries, and a cherry pie character that the other bottles lacked. 2004 was incredibly funking but still had some fruit going on and had the best mouthfeel of the bunch. Then 2011 was delicious as always, but I’m not sure it’s worth aging at this point, it’s already so good!

Whew, seafood boil as a food break. My stomach greatly appreciated this.

Sooooo, all of these beers are absolutely absurd. In terms of rarer lambic, the Armand Seasons are some of the best, and are not actually that hard to trade for! I was the outlier in our group, but I ranked these four beers from best to least best: Lente, Herfst, Winter, and Zomer. It was all extremely close though, closer than the ranking has been in the past.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

What a treat. Also, my friend’s face in the background is simply perfect.

SOLE COMPS ARE BACK!

Everything in my world is great right now.