Brew Review #12
Brew Review #12

Brew Review #12

This is probably some kind of record.

Brew Review #12 at Max’s Fanno Creek in Tigard took placeon 12/11/09. Today, it is 12/15/09. That is only FOUR DAYS people! I probably deserve a sticker! (Or a beer.)

As December 11th progressed, I kept getting cancellation after cancellation – it seemed that many people had other people they preferred to hang out with…I won’t lie internets, I cried a little.

The architect & I took off for the long trek to Tigard just in time to get on I-5 and sit. And sit. And inch forward. And sit. I had to pretend I was back in LA & draw my mantle of 405 Zen driving around me to survive. By then, we were running almost 30 minutes late, and I knew that a brand-new reviewer was waiting for me! And that makes me so stressed out. Also, I hate driving at dusk. So, by the time we got there, I really needed a beer!

Fortunately, new reviewer Cilley was still waiting & hadn’t run off in a huff!

We grabbed a table & I immediately ordered the sampler tray (as is my custom).

Strangely enough, I did not take a picture of the actual samples, just the sampler map
Strangely enough, I did not take a picture of the actual samples, just the sampler map

There was a 7th beer served – the vanilla cream porter.

  1. Dry Hop Red
    • Amy: Not the best red, although it’s a decent hoppy/malty combo
    • Architect: Pretty good
  2. Scottish
    • Kind of strange (reaction from both)
  3. IPA
    • Amy: Very hoppy, can’t really stand up to other Portland IPAs, though
  4. Reverend’s Daughter
    • Amy: Kind of hoppy, IPA Junior
    • Cilley: Delicious!
    • Architect: I have always loved the daughters of reverend’s, specifically my lovely wife, the gazelle, and expected this to be no different (that is an exact quote, I promise).
  5. Nit Wit
    • Architect: very good
    • Amy: damn good for a Wit
    • Ashley: “Crisp with a light wheat deliciousness”
  6. Baltic Porter
    • Average example of a porter
  7. Vanilla Cream Stout
    • Amy: Sweet, delicious
    • Cilley: not super beery at all

Food –

  1. The architect had the grilled Mahi mahi – and thought it was “eh”
  2. I had the chicken burrito, and although it wasn’t bad, the rice wasn’t cooked all the way through, and was a wee bit crunch – also “eh”
  3. Cilley had the seafood chowder, which she pronounced “delicious” and some fried evil mushrooms, which apparently were also pretty good.
  4. Ashley had a chicken quesadilla which was pretty good (I did try some of that).

The hoppy hour food specials weren’t that impressive, and I think everyone ordered off the dinner menu. There were alsoย  hoppy hour beer specials, and that was a nice discount on their pints.

So – the overall verdict: great lighter beers, average darker beers. The Reverend’s Daughter & Nit Wit were both great beers, and I may be making a trip back there at some point for another!

The food was okay, but not worth a special trip in & of itself.

The atmosphere….I really didn’t get much further in that the front of the pub (except for a bathroom trip), but the service was pretty good & very friendly.

I give it 3.5 stars, although I give the two better beers 4.37 stars each.

The gazelle & the architect

Cilley enjoys her Reverends Daughter
Cilley enjoys her Reverend's Daughter

Edited to Add:

Brew Review #13 -January 8, 2010

McMenamin’s Barley Mill Pub (the oldest McMenamin’s Location)

1629 S.E. Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-1492

As always – let me know if you’ll be showing up! I’ll plan on showing up around 4:30 (barring traffic difficulties, of course).ย  Hope to see you there!


  1. And look at how holding a beer plus boobs just tips me over to the side!

    I’m taking a four-day weekend during the next brew crew, so if I stay in town I’m definitely there. This one was a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Justin

    I’m sorry we let you down Amy! I hope we can make the next one. I like your layout this week on which beers you drink and the different comments for each. 4.37? Seriously? Your scale is that refined? Impressive!

    1. as long as you can live with the fact that you made me cry! ๐Ÿ™‚

      as for the scale, that is a continuation of my “completely made up scale” ™ that I’ve used on about every 3rd review.

      The Reverend’s Daughter & Nit Wit really were exceptional beers. I thought of Alisa as I was drinking them, because they were both hoppy & wheaty!

      Will you guys be around (as far as you know at this time) for the 1/8/10 review? If that doesn’t work, I can change things up a bit.

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