I love beer. After now having visited over 345 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
Hopworks Urban Brewery, or HUB for short, is one of the first Portland breweries I ever went to. At the time, I was working near Powell and kept passing them on a daily basis. I wasn’t much of a craft beer drinker at the time, but thought I would stop in. The whole vibe of their amazing brewery, combined with their vast selection, really made me a fan for life – and helped point me in the direction of checking out as many breweries as possible. It is also a staple for my 1st van to stop and refuel after our first Hood to Coast relay legs. I first talked about HUB in a Kegs & Legs post about their Long Root Ale last year, and am happy to feature a couple of their flagship IPA’s – the Organic IPA and Gear Up IPA.
My go-to styling, like most of the Pacific NW, is a good solid IPA. I don’t need to be crushed with bitterness (though that has its place), but I prefer something a little hop forward that is drinkable with fruity notes to it. Both of these beers have the characteristics of what I prefer. The Organic IPA reportedly has a new updated recipe, and combines NW hops with a citrusy mango-y nose. It’s a smooth drinking beer that sits in the sweet spot of IPA’s.
Now that Gear Up IPA has hit 12 ounce cans, I have been bringing this beer to family gatherings for a bit now, especially those get-togethers that bring around varied tastes. Gear Up seems to be a beer that my fellow craft beer “snobs” can appreciate, yet is still accessible enough (i.e. clean finishing, mildly fruity, and middle-of-the-road bitterness) for those Coors Light drinkers. In keeping up with HUB’s committment to organic, it is made from organic barley, local NW hops, and the water comes from Portland’s Bull Run Watershed.
HUB also has a few seasonals, including their newly canned Organic Abominable Winter Ale, just in time for the season. Pick up a few HUB beers this month! Their stylish cans look amazing in fridges, in coolers, and in hands – no matter the season.
- Gear Up IPA
- ABV: 6.2%
- Hopworks Organic IPA
- ABV: 6.6%
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