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Belgian beers from Hood River?

A couple of weeks ago, samples of a new beer from Hood River were sent my way, from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. While it’s very possible that I’ve been living under a rock for the past four months, I had not yet heard of this brand, so I did a bit of research.

Founded by David Logsdon, the founder of Wyeast and one of the founders of Full Sail, Logsdon ales are actually being made in a farmhouse in Hood River. In fact, except for the giant glass of Belgian beer in the landscape, I’m told that their label looks pretty much like the actual setting. The beers are all organic, and the bottles are finished with beeswax from the area.

I’m told that they are working on three other beers to be released this year. Additionally, they have imported the only real Flanders kreik cherry tree that exists in the U.S., and they plan to create a sharbeekse cherry orchard from this tree.

Research in tow, I happily took the samples I’d received home to taste with my husband. (He is very fond of my homework!)

The first beer we tasted was the Seizoen, a fruity and spicy, lightly hopped farmhouse ale. Probably the best domestic Saison style beer that I have tasted, I was impressed to find myself comparing it to the likes of one of my favorite Belgian golden ales, La Chouffe.

Their second beer, Seizoen Bretta, includes an additional yeast strain that adds an earthy, woodsy “funk” that can only be described as… delicious.

Sad to see these beers go, I called up the representative for Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and immediately ordered bottles for the store. We also scheduled a tasting at the SW Portland store for Friday, September 2nd, so you can stop by from 4:30 – 6:30 to taste these lovely beers for yourself!

 

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