After the Brew Am, I paid a visit to one of my favorite Portland breweries, Hair of the Dog. Luckily, I was traveling with people who knew exactly how to get there, because even having the address is no help if you don’t know how to navigate the labyrinth-like back alleys that lead to the brewery. The first time I visited the brewery — which was on my honeymoon ten years ago — it took us a very long time and many wrong turns before we finally found it. But like their beers, it’s very worthwhile to make the effort. For many years now, they’ve been having a open house Friday afternoon during the festival and it’s always a fun time.
Almost all of their beers were pouring, including their delicious new Blue Dot Double IPA. Released in bottles this year on Earth Day, the blue dot refers, of course, to mother Earth. As with everything Alan makes, this too is a quite tasty example of an Imperial IPA. Big hops with citrus notes such as grapefruit abound. Thick and chewy, with a great mouthfeel.
Alan Sprintz owner/head brewer of Hair of the Dog Brewery.
Alan shows off the food he prepared for his open house.
Me showing off Alan’s grill outside the brewery.