Archive for August, 2010

Review: Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen

Author: Jason Harris
August 29, 2010

Pyramid week continues here at Pints and Steins, as earlier in the week we checked out Curve Ball Blonde Ale.  Today’s brew to evaluate is the Seattle, Washington brewery’s hefeweizen.  Haywire Hefeweizen is the company’s wheat beer offering.

As some might now, hefeweizen is an unfiltered wheat beer that is very popular hear in the Northwest.  In fact, the most popular micro-brew from the Northwest is likely Widmer Hefeweizen, as I see that particular beer on tap no matter where I go in the country.

Getting back to Haywire, Pyramid advertises Haywire as

The standard by which all other wheat beers are judged. Our deliciously deranged American-Style Hefeweizen is an award winning take on this Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth sharing with friends.

In my opinion, Haywire Hefeweizen is an amazing wheat beer that is not to be missed.  This cloudy beer has enough flavor to light up any summer afternoon.  The initial sip brings you a soft refreshing flavor.  The aftertaste is a bit sweet and fruity, enough to be noticed but it’s not overwhelming.

Pyramid’s Haywire is a perfect summer beer and would go great with any type of meal featuring a white meat or even seafood.

Review: Pyramid Curve Ball Blonde Ale

Author: Jason Harris
August 26, 2010

What do you think of when you hear blonde ale?  To me, I think of hot summer days that are made a bit easier by an easy-drinking smooth beer that goes down easy with a clean, refreshing finish.

In this light, I try Pyramid’s Curve Ball Blond Ale – a Summer only brew that I have seen on store shelves.  Pyramid is based in Seattle, Washington but is a popular brewery here in Oregon.  The company offers quality beers at a good price, both on draft and bottled in stores.

As far as taste – the Curve Ball is very refreshing at first taste.  It has a smooth beginning that is light and crisp.  However, this ale has an unexpeted wheaty finish that reminds me of a hefeweizen, my other favorite summer beer.

All in all – the Curve Ball will not disappoint.  This beer is the perfect one to accompany a summer hamburger or perhaps even some seafood including crab or lobster.  Check it out at your local pub or beer store.

Help Bring a New BrewPub to Salem

Author: Jason Harris
August 17, 2010

So over at Farmer Brewing, the guy behind the blog is an apprentice brewer who is from the mid-valley who is doing his apprenticeship up in the Tri-Cities area of Washington.

In his post titled “Is it Time, Salem“, he talks about how Salem is in need of a microbrwerey and asks whether we’d like a brewery here.  My answer (I left a comment) was a resounding YES, PLEASE!

As you can see by this site, I love good beer.  I really enjoy going to Bend, Oregon because there are 6+ microbreweries in and around town.  Corvallis has two breweries including Block 15 and Flat Tail Brewing.  Why can’t Oregon’s second largest city have it’s own locally owned brewery?!  We can, and we shall!

So, if you’re so inclined, head over to his post and encourage this young brewer to come back to Salem and open a microbrewery here in Oregon’s capital.  Let’s do this!