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02-17-2010, 01:39 PM
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February 17th, 2010 ∑ Beer Travels, Washington Breweries
Like I said in this post from Friday, 3 day weekends are the perfect opportunity to head out of town and visit some beery destinations. This past weekend for Presidents Day, Jeanne and I took a trip down to Bend, OR for most of the weekend, but we started off with an overnight stop in Stevenson to hit up Walking Man Brewing and finished with a mind-blowing visit to Raccoon Lodge/Cascade Brewing in Portland to meet with brewer Ron Gansberg on our way back up to Seattle. We totaled almost 900 miles for the trip, and we sampled more than a few good beers along the way. Iíll get to the rest of the trip in due time, but letís start off with the visit to Walking Man.

If you havenít had the pleasure of trying any beer from Walking Man Brewing, I would understand. They are a small brewpub located in Stevenson, WA, just outside of Hood River, OR, and their beer can be tough to come by here in Seattle. We do see their beers at select bars, but only sporadically. If you have tried their beers, then you understand how excited I was to be making my first visit to the brewery. Many would argue that they make the best beer around in Washington state. Their hoppy beers are my favorites, including the Homo Erectus Imperial IPA, Knuckle Dragger Pale Ale, and their ďregularĒ Walking Man IPA. Their Jaywalker Russian Imperial Stout is an eye-opener if you ever get to try it, and the the bourbon barrel-aged version of that beer served at last yearís WABL anniversary party was beyond memorable; it was one of the best beers I have ever had. The wide array of other styles Iíve tried from them over the years has shown that they can do more than just throw a bunch of hops at a beer, and Iím not sure I have ever had a truly bad beer from them.

We had intentions of meeting up with brewer Jacob Leonard on Friday evening, as well as Kachusha Munkanta of 21st Amendment Brewing, and Evan Taylor of Montana Brewing Company, who were both in town to brew the 2010 Sasquatch Legacy Project, which supports the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Brewing Scholarship, on Saturday. But, leaving Seattle at 3:30pm on a Friday means that it took us about five hours to get down to Stevenson; about 90 minutes longer than we had hoped.
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