So, a bunch of my friends got together to try and ungodly number of meads. I don’t really like mead…actually I don’t like it at all. This is going to be quite the experience.


Bracing myself for the worst. Melvin’s Hubert MPA is going to help take the edge off.


Mother. Fucker. Doesn’t help that a billion more meads showed up that aren’t in this photo.

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Ummmm, a three year vert of the same crappy mead. Tastes like sadness.


Looks like stout, tastes like mead. I had my hopes up that it wasn’t actually mead, but it was mead. MEAD.


Okay, this one was actually really good.


Lemonade mead, where lemonade is made worse with the addition of mead.


Hand punched Portuguese cork makes mead still taste like mead. This one has some jammy qualities before it’s beaten to death through honey sweetness.


Just keep going, just keep going, it has to get worse before it gets better.


Most pretentious descriptions I’ve ever heard of, and I read a lot of Hill Farmstead and Lost Abbey labels.


I’m going to get diabetes.


Fuck you, I don’t want diabetes!!


I think mouthwash was blended into mead. Made mouthwash even more unpleasant.


Ginger mead wasn’t awful, but I got desperate and shotgunned a can of Upper Case. Thanks Zach for the can!

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Never again.


I survived, kind of.

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Now back to important things that actually taste good!!!!

Oh How I’ve Missed You

I’m so sorry de Garde for not visiting you in so long, I hope you missed me as much as I missed you!


These guys match my glassware!!!!!


de Garde Avenues No. 2: The second of two beers made for Brews for New Avenues earlier this year. Beer tastes mostly the same, but has mellowed out a little bit and has let some oak flavors through the sea of berry jam. It was extremely tasty, but not quite as good as this other beer I tried…..


Yep, The Peach is back and awesome. No cognac barrels this time, sadness. On the other hand, the peach presence in this batch is better than the original if you ask me, tastes more like fresh peach flesh than something that was preserved, but that’s not the best description, just the best one that I can think of at the moment. New batch is funkier as well, but just lacks that incredible cognac finish that people loved in batch 1. Verdict, batch 1 is better, but this is pretty darn awesome.

Bad life choices


I feel like this is a good idea now, will report back after I drink this bad boy.

Ex Novo makes good beer?

Oh Ex Novo, I had written you off for more than a year, but it looks like you’ve finally figured out how to make some good beer.


Cloudy Future: Great take on the New England style of IPAs, also known as goofy orange juice.

Avery Thingy Thing.


Witbeer with passionfruit, absolutely crushable. Just don’t ask me to pronounce or spell the name. A beer has no name.

Block 15 Fluffhead

Yes, it’s very tasty.


Picking up where I left off.

I need to get my liver back up to fighting strength before all the Portland beer geeks realized I’m weakened and destroy me at the next bottle share. The clock is ticking!


Melvin IPA: First can of Melvin since they started distributing to Oregon! So sticky and dank, I can’t tell if it’s because of how hoppy this beer actually is or if it’s because everything that’s a pale ale or hoppier tastes hoppy as hell right now.


de Garde Biere Noir: Revisiting an old favorite, de Garde’s Biere Noir has taken a funkier turn without picking up additional tartness! Fruit is still in full force here, with tons of jam and blackberries. I know this beer is made with black raspberries, but I thought it tasted more like blackberries, sue me.


Jackie O’s/Side Project/Tired Hands/Sante Adairius We Are You: So….there are four breweries represented here, but I only taste two of them in this beer, so I guess they stood on the sidelines and provided moral support while the other two got to work. Up front this beer is bracingly acidic in vein of Side Project beers, but the finish and funk is all Sante Adairius. Probably my favorite new beer from Sante in quite a while, it reminds me of a more sour version of their Nonna’s Blends, which are my favorite non-fruited beers from them.