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Skagit Brew Corner: Road Edition – Portland, Part 2

As I continue my beer odyssey to Portland I felt I must pace myself. In a town of over 60 brew pubs there is no shortage of good beer. Despite my time constraints and the abundance of fabulous pubs all around me, I found myself unable to resist a visit to the Rogue Public.

Saddling up to the bar I am greeted by a friendly bartender and a mini flagon of Chipotle Ale. Perfect! We just started carrying Rogue’s Chipotle Ale (it won the 2008 World Beer Cup Silver Medal) in the Co-op’s new beer section. One sip and I was well on my way to getting comfortable with the way things are done at Rogue.

What I Drank: Chipotle Ale from Rogue Ales of Portland, Oregon. 5.5% ABV / 35 IBU

What I Ate: From the menu at Rogue’s Public House – Harry’s Beer Cheese Soup, a specialty made by Harry’s Fresh Foods. A rich creamy soup with a base of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale blended creamy with cheese, onions, garlic and andouille sausage. Served with fresh Rogue-baked Hazelnut Nectar bread. Yummers!

What I Thought: Admittedly, I am a spice wimp. Chipotle and other hot chili peppers are not a regular part of my diet. So I was a bit hesitant to gulp down a pint of Chipotle flavored ale. My fears were unfounded. Somehow Rogue managed to get just the right amount of spice and smoke into this classy ale. This Chipotle Ale has a deep golden ale rich with the aroma of roasted chipotle pepper flavors. Based on Rogue’s American Amber style beer, its approachable spicy heat is tamed by a crisp yet malty flavor and smooth finish.

Come and discover Rogue’s Chipotle Ale for yourself! It’s sitting alongside its cousin, Rogue’s Irish-style Lager, in our extended beer aisle. Let your beer kissed by the heat of sweet and smoky peppers, sit back and enjoy!

By: Co-op Staff

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