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Kegs & Legs Beers of the Week: Spring beers from Stickmen Brewing

I love beer. After now having visited over 490 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.

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Just yesterday, the Oregon Brewery Running Series 5k and Hoppy Earth Day Brewfest came to Stickmen Brewing, one of my favorite places to grab a pint. With the creation of their Tualatin location a few years back, they have really stepped up their game and are producing some really new and unique beer opportunities. I recently tried out a few of their newer offerings – Gaijin Dream and Grapefruit Ginflower.

Gaijin Dream (gaijin means ‘foreigner’ in Japanese) is a lager that is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked rice and finished with Goldings and Sorachi Ace hops. I find these hops to be a little citrusy/lemony, which makes for a refreshing beer Clean throughout with some malt sweetness balanced by the lemony hops.

The Grapefruit Ginflower is a saison that is conditioned for 10 months in an Aria Gin barrel with elderflower and brettanomyces. I’m not the biggest fan of this style of beer, but I had a saison drinking friend provide some feedback and the response was that it had all the makings of a solid one – a combination of some “attitude” in combination with expected floral notes from the elderflower.
Both of these have flavor profiles that would be fantastic as the weather (hopefully) shifts from rain and cold into some more sunny days. Stop in to their beer hall in Tualatin or their lovely spot on Lake Oswego to try something out!

Beer:

  • Gaijin Dream
    • ABV 5.9%
    • IBU 20
  • Grapefruit Ginflower
    • ABV 6.9%
    • IBU 22

Brewery: Stickmen Brewing (Facebook)

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About Matt Rasmussen (1432 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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