Remember the Yaquina Bay Bridge from my last post?
Guess what is on the other side of that bridge? (Nichole, want to guess?)
We could not visit Newport without going to the World Headquarters of Rogue Brewing, or “The Roguesonian Cultural Heritage Interpretive Center and Beerquarium” :
The front entrance… you walk in and you are in the middle of the brewery! They have a pathway to walk through the actual production areas to get to the pub and restaurant.
I didn’t see any pup, but how cute is this?
Table with a waterfront view = Perfect.
First taster – Northwestern Ale. A little hoppy for me, but Jason loved it – he ordered a pint.
I ordered a Mocha Porter. That’s what I’m talkin’ about:
I love Rogue.
We also ordered a sampler.
Left to right = Yellow Snow IPA, I2PA, Double Mocha Porter, and my favorite, Morimoto Soba Ale.
I didn’t even try the Yellow Snow – I could tell by the smell it was too bitter for my liking. The I2PA (Imperial India) is one of their ‘XS’ beers with high alcohol content (XS = excess??). I tasted it, because although it is bitter extreme, I wanted to know what a beer that strong tastes like. 🙂 Kinda like there was a shot of vodka dropped in it. The Double Mocha was the same way – tasted like my pint – creamy chocolatey richness with a shot of vodka. 😉
My favorite was the Morimoto Soba Ale! Rogue has a signature series, and this is one of them. It was created for Chef Masaharu Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame!) and made with soba (buckwheat). This is deliciously crisp and flavorful, and I made Jason promise me that our local market does in fact carry the Mori Soba…
I would have bought a case otherwise. 😉