My buddy Googs, so named for his for his uncanny passing resemblance to hooper Tom Gugliotta, recently celebrated his 40th birthday. Among his presents: tickets for friends and family to join him at a private “Beer 101″ event at Widmer Brothers Brewing, hosted by beer goddess Lisa Morrison.
Lisa was accompanied by brewers from three popular visitor venues – Chad Kennedy of the family-friendly Laurelwood Public House & Brewery; Ben Love of the eco- and bike-minded Hopworks Urban Brewery; and Doug Rehberg of the venerable Widmer — who shared their insight, good humor and a seemingly endless parade of samples.
My favorite moment: the side-by-side-by-side comparisons of the three brewers’ IPAs (I’m a big fan of the hoppy stuff) and “Cascadian Dark” varieties.
To plan your own beer adventure, visit the Oregon Brewers Guild’s website for a full list of brewery locations and public events.