I love beer. After now having visited over 374 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.
Over the past few months, we have been thrilled to review some beers from Mad River Brewing, based out of Humboldt County, CA. They sent us a couple of their flagship beers as well as some seasonals as well. They have been showing up more and more in Oregon taphouses and bottle shops and I recently saw them up at Hondo’s in Astoria and Capital Market in Salem, so I would think you can find them in most solid bottleshops in your neighborhood. They recently sent us their latest release – the Humboldt Brownie, a double brown ale.
I thought I was going to be mostly done with dark beers when the weather (and Daylight Savings) took a quick turn for the better a few weeks ago, but the cool temperatures and rain have kept porters, stouts, and browns in my arsenal a bit longer.
The Brownie is part of their Artisan Reserve Series, which is a seasonal rotation that comes on tap at local taphouses and in 22 ounce bottles at various shops across the West. Each quarter a new beer and style is featured. In 2015, this beer won a Silver Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival. It pours a deep brown and the head has a caramel-y tinge to it. The nose does hint at the dessert treat, with malt and added cocoa nibs bringing out a ch0colate-ly flavor.
- Humboldt Brownie
- ABV: 9%