We’re beginning a new series this week, featuring a fantastic smaller brewery in Portland called Laurelwood Brewing, in NE Portland.
Laurelwood is a Pub on NE Sandy Blvd and is a hotspot for any Portland based beer lover.
We who our outside of the Portland area are lucky that Laurelwood also bottles a few select beers, including today’s highlighted beer, Laurelwood Free Range Red Ale.
Free Range Red Ale is a very colorful ale what has a really well ballanced hoppy beer. I think Free Range Red is Laurelwood’s ‘signature’ brew and it is a good beer to carry that honor. When you see Free Range Red, it’s rich copper-coloring stands out. According to their website, this beer is made from organically grown malts.
At first sip, Free Range Red has a medium body and is very drinkable. It has a nice hoppy start and a smooth malty finish, making this a perfect all-around beer to have around for any occasion. At 5.9% and 60 IBUs, this brew will make anyone who likes a good beer happy.
The beer is so good, it won the Gold Medal at the 2004 World Beer Cup, which is a very high honor for any brewer.
My feeling on Free Range Red: I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes an Amber, Pale Ale, Bitter or anything in between. It is so versitile and refreshing, yet flavorful authentic.
Free Range Red is a perfect way to start out my series on Laurelwood.