Beer #195 Mason's Irish Style Red Ale / Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
Portland has been awesome, mostly because the food and beer have been stellar. We're on the road today, headed up to Seattle for the last leg of our journey. Sigh, the real world will be here soon enough, I fear.
Today's beer was the Irish Red from Ninkasi Brewing Company out of Eugene. It has a reddish amber hue in the glass with a fluffy white head. You get aromas of sweet malt, and when you drink it you get hints of caramel, malt, with a hop bitterness on the finish, although nothing too dramatic. This plus a few dozen oysters ended up being our dinner, with leftover Voodoo Doughnuts from last night for dessert. Heavenly.
Thing to Think About Today:
We spent some time hiking/driving along the Columbia River and the trail used by Lewis and Clark on their famous 1805 expedition to explore routes to the Pacific Ocean. So OF COURSE the thing to think about today is the greatest video game from my childhood, The Oregon Trail. This didn't have the excitement of Atari or Nintendo games and their slick joystick action; this educational game taught you about the life of settlers moving west across the plains on their way to the coast. You also learned that people died of dysentery a whole bunch back in the day.
Haven't played in a while? Feel free to check out one of the online versions, which is how I'm spending my evening. I'm a nerd. And if you know what's good for you, always ferry across the river. Always.