Saturday, May 17, 2008


I spent last weekend in Portland with my family. We had a full weekend that included some good beers. I will devote a couple of posts to the trip. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a local coffee roaster and operator of several coffee shops was across the street from our hotel. Stumptown is a great place to start the day. It has a variety of coffee drinks and its basic cup of coffee is all done through a French Press, not a drip machine. It was very good and I bought 3/4 pound of its Hair Bender Blend. In addition to its excellent coffee, Stumptown sold beer! Coffee and beer - two of my favorite things. The beers were mainly Belgian (no local craft beer) and it had three on tap - La Chouffe's Golden Ale, Bitburger and a Chimay - all served in proper glassware. In addition it had a small but solid selection of bottled Belgians - Scaldo, Westmalle, Trapists, Duvel, Chimay, Gueze Boon, Framboise, Oval, and several St. Bernardus beers. It also had some German beers and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Stumptown is a must stop in Portland.

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