The Pacific North West is known for many different things; our weather and wildlife being at the top of that list. We are also well known for our beautiful landscape, great skiing, and of course wind surfing through the Gorge. We take great pride in being the rugged yet quirky corner of this great country. We have always been proud of our local breweries, and in the last decade we have become known across the country for them as well. I have mentioned in a previous article that Mr. Henry Weinhard got started here in Vancouver then moved over to Portland, but what does the brewery scene look like now? Decades after Mr. Weinhard put us on the beer map, we are still going strong… rugged and of course quirky.
When we think of local breweries most of us immediately think of McMenamins, and why not, they have 65 different brew pubs in Washington and Oregon. They also boast of being the first post-prohibition brew pub in Oregon, having been founded in 1974, they were also the first to legally use fruit in ale brewing and they are one of the top 50 largest craft breweries in the United States. Among the larger breweries in Oregon and Washington are Widmer, Rogue and Deschutes in Oregon and Pyramid and Redhook in Washington. The products of these breweries can be found in any restaurant in the area that serves alcohol. However there are countless small, award winning, breweries that cannot be found in just any area restaurant. If you are a beer connoisseur you want a wide variety of hard to find specialty ales, but where does one go to find such an elite selection? The answer is North West Liquid Gold.
North West Liquid Gold is located at 11202 NE 4th Plain St. Vancouver, WA. They offer 21 different local brews on tap and a great selection of bottle beers, Friday Night concerts in their beer garden (weather depending), featuring local bands and artists. Among their selection are ales from breweries located in Oregon, Washington, California, and Colorado; including Boneyard from Bend, Ft. George from Astoria, Georgetown from Seattle, Oakshire from Eugene, 2 Towns Cider from Corvallis, and Heathen from here in Vancouver Washington.
In July Heathen Brewing won the KOIN 6 “Battle of the Brews, 2013”. Heathen Brewing, located at 5612 Northeast 119th Street in Vancouver, WA offers five different brews; a blonde, two IPAs, an Amber and a Porter, any of which is sure to satisfy. Heathen is celebrating its first anniversary and North West Liquid Gold it’s second at the Alder Brook Park Oktoberfest on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st 2013.
Like Iron Gate Storage, North West Liquid Gold is an active sponsor for local charities. This year NWLG is sponsoring the “North West Battle Buddies” charity golf tournament. This tournament raises awareness and money for North West Battle Buddies Service Dogs and will be held at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield on Friday, September 20th.
Iron Gate Storage takes great pride in connecting with our customers like North West Liquid Gold and the great affect we can collectively have in making our area the best in can be; from culture and parties, to the nitty gritty of charity work for all in need. Please look into North West Battle Buddies and other charities that have been mentioned in our blog. Don’t forget to get down and party at Vancouver’s local Oktoberfest, meet some of the great entrepreneurs in our area, try some authentic German cuisine, and of course be sure to enjoy all of what our local breweries have to offer.
For more information on North West Liquid Gold, Heathen Brewing, Vancouver’s Oktoberfest, or North West Battle Buddies, please see the links below.
Written by L. Maguire