On President’s Day, my wife and I spent the afternoon in NW Portland. We tasted beer and had lunch at Henry's Tavern. We decided we weren't quite ready to go home, so we headed over to New Old Lompoc on NW 21st.
I tasted Lompoc's Harvest Man Red and Franc'ly Brewdolph seasonals at local beer festivals and really enjoyed them. So I had been looking forward to visiting one of their pubs for quite a while.
New Old Lompoc is one of Lompoc Brewing's five pubs and tasting rooms. From outside appearances, it's not the most attractive of places. But the moment we stepped in the door, we felt right at home. It's a cozy place that has tons of character. I thought the vintage neon Budweiser sign over the bar provided an interesting touch to the decor.
|Proletariat Red (left) & Norman Invasion|
Proletartiat Red: Caramel, bready, and sweet malts along with spicy and citrus hops. It's different from most NW Red / Amber Ales, which tend to be more hoppy. We both liked it!
Norman Invasion (2010): This seasonal is a Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels. It had a great fruity and funky aroma along with a tangy sour flavor. My favorite beer of the day! It was very unique and unlike anything I had tasted recently. Latha wasn't crazy about it.