Feb 112011


Nestled in an alley of downtown Prosser, the Horse Heaven Hills Brewery is a nice little brew pub offering 11 different brews from their light Honey Girl to a Dark Cherry Stout.

On this trip I ordered a pint of their Saison, a Belgium Ale, that I remembered from the tasting tray from last time I was here. The menu describes it as:

Pilsen, wheat, chocholate, and crystal malts brewed with Belgium candy and coriander.

BeerAdvocate describes the Saison style as:

Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter, to be consumed throughout the summer months. Not so long ago it was close to being an endangered style, but over recent years there’s been a massive revival; especially in the US.

This is a very complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavor. Look for earthy yeast tones, mild to moderate tartness. Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.

I am not familiar with this style to so cannot judge how it compares with others of this family but the description above fits this beer well. It would not be my first choice of brews but I definitely would not turn it down if you are buying.

Horse Heaven Hills Brewery
1118 Meade Ave
Prosser, Wa 99350
(509) 781-6400

– Live Long in Prosser

Sep 202010

Terminal Gravity Brewery Terminal Gravity Brewery

On our drive to check out Wallowa Lake, I noticed a sign saying, “Terminal Gravity Brewery – 1 block”. I was sure I had heard of it before and even if I hadn’t we would have to stop on our way back down.

So, after cheking out the Oregon State Campground for a future adventure and taking photographs of the spawning Kokanee salmon, we returned to Enterprise, Oregon and Terminal Gravity Brewery. Although they seem to have a large facility, they must not receive too many visitors. Besides a few picnic tables outside, inside they have only 4 stools at the bar and 2 tables.

I ordered a pint of Breakfast Porter and Von had a cup of coffee (sometimes it is good to have a non beer drinker with you). The porter was delicious and was quite satisfying as a liquid lunch especially since we had a very late (and large) breakfast.

Terminal Gravity Brewery Terminal Gravity Brewery

Before leaving I asked about their Barley Wine since it is a style I am not familiar with. The waitress brought me a sample to try. On the palate the Barley Wine had quite a lot of body with a citrus-fruity taste that was balanced by the +11% alcohol content. I decided to bring a growler of this home and to pick up a 6-pack of their IPA for my oldest son.

Terminal Gravity Brewery Now there is one more reason to go camping next year at Wallowa Lake.

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