Today’s Memorial Day, and to lighten a pretty somber holiday, I figured I’d look back at a couple brews that are no longer with us.
First, is Portland Brewing’s Kornhauser’s Oast. This was a perfect beer in the summer, as Dave and I went through this 6-pack with the quickness. Very light and easy to drink, but still flavorful. We served it ice cold cold and drank it down on the deck of my fraternity one summer afternoon. I never found this brew again, but always remembered the label. Sad to say, this style is hard to find and Portland Brewing has been eaten up by Pyramid, so this is a double memorial.
Speaking of “double,” the second memorial is for Redhook’s Double Black Stout brewed with Starbucks Coffee. Once aupon a time, Starbucks wasn’t the huge empire that it is today, and was willing to work with a relatively small brewery from Seattle. At the time, I hated stouts. I was a pale ale drinker, and this was the only stout I could drink. Thick, black, and heavy, I fell in love with this the first time I drank it. This brew convinced me to try darker beers and get away from the pales and ambers I was comfortable with. After a while, this brew dropped the Starbucks coffee and then disappeared altogether. I’m hoping one day that Redhook and Starbucks team up again and bring this one back. As they both grow larger and take on the world, who knows, it could happen, right?
So what beers do you remember from a time past? Everyone has at least one beer, so share it with us and celebrate those that are still with us.