A Few Beers at Bailey's Taproom

On Thursday, I spent the day in downtown Portland at a conference with some co-workers.  After it was over, we went over to Bailey's Taproom for a few beers.  I had never been to Bailey's and was looking forward to my visit.

I live in the 'burbs of Portland and don't live close to a bar or taproom that offers such a diverse selection of craft beer.  Bailey's features 20 rotating taps (current offerings show below) as well as bottled beer.  So I made the most of my visit and sampled:

  • Velvet Mirkin, Firestone Walker  Cask conditioned Velvet Merlin.  This oatmeal stout packs loads of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors.  Very smooth!  I'm a huge fan of Firestone Walker (you can see my FW reviews here). Their beers are consistently excellent, and this is no exception.  
  • Climax Noel, Eel River Brewing:  Dry-hopped, organic, imperial red ale.  Wow, this is a malt bomb!  Has some spice and fruity flavors and some light hops.
  • Armored Fist, Boneyard Brewing:  Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale.  At 10% ABV, this one packs a punch!  Nice melding of citrusy hops and roasted malts.  Medium bodied and nice mouth feel.  I like CDAs (or Black IPAs) and just brewed my own last weekend.

If I had more time, I would have tried their 5 beer sampler tray (for only $7.50).  I'm going to keep a close eye on Bailey's Tap list and will make more frequent visits downtown!  If you haven't been to Bailey's yet, it's definitely worth a visit. 

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Climax Noel & Velvet Mirkin

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