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Kegs & Legs Beer of the Week: 2 IPAs from Heathen Brewing

I love beer and cider. After now having visited over 390 different breweries and cideries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot (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.

Check out previous posts on Heathen beers here and here!

We are back for another Kegs and Legs feature on Heathen Brewing in Vancouver. I’ll briefly highlight something I have mentioned in a previous post on Heathen:

I remember when Vancouver used to be this little town across the river that attached themselves to Portland without really even being in the same state. However, this town has had a major growth spurt, and with that has a crazy good brewery and beer scene with over a dozen different spots. Heathen Brewing is one of the locations and has a prime spot at their Feral Public House near the heart of downtown Vancouver. The Feral House is quite close to some of Vancouver’s best running areas – Officer’s Row and Fort Vancouver, and also just a stone’s throw away from the Waterfront Resainnance Trail and it’s 5-mile paved option.

The Son of Malice is a double IPA that really is for the hopheads out there. Clocking in at 95 IBU’s, it’s definitely a hop bomb that may not be for the feint of heart. I, personally, have grown a little further away from the super hopped IPA’s, but I will come back at times when the time is right.

The Transcend IPA is definitely a NW IPA, with a strong piney aroma, yet it is more balanced and less bitter than the Son of Malice. I got some nice grapefruity notes from the nose and the taste is quite bright and refreshing. It’s definitely easy to drink and provides a nice middle ground IPA for those hop lovers and recent converts alike.

Heathen is definitely worth the trip to other side of the Columbia and their Feral Public House offers great food options and a TON of Heathen options on their taplist.


Brewery: Heathen Brewing (Facebook)

  • Feral Public House – 1109 Washington Street Vancouver, WA 
  • Production Brewery – 5612 NE 119th Street Vancouver, WA 
  • Heathen Estate Winery – 9400 NE 134th St Vancouver, WA 
About Matt Rasmussen (1314 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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