My apologies for having been away for such a long time. I've spent the last month in a largely internet-free zone and am only just back home in Bangkok. Before getting back to the Asian stuff, I'd like to post a few more things from my visit home.
Allegedly Portland, Oregon has the most breweries per capita of almost any city in the world -- nearly 50 at last count. The beer situation, much like the amount of hops being used, is pretty much out of control, but it was heaps of fun. For a crash-course in local beers, I'd recommend APEX (pictured above), which has an almost overwhelming selection of local and imported beers, not to mention some friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. It's here where I enjoyed Astoria Brewing's Poop Deck Porter, Wandering Aengus Cider and a unique 'sour' beer aged in Chardonnay casks. I also had several fun nights at Victory Bar, which in addition to some great beers and mixed drinks, has excellent food -- don't miss the spaeztle. Other Oregon brews that stood out include the beers from Double Mountain in Hood River, Oregon, particularly their Killer Green (using fresh hops from Salem, Oregon) and IRA (India Red Ale); just about anything from the Deschutes Brewery, particularly their Mirror Pond Pale Ale; and from Eugene, Oregon, the Ninkasi Brewing Company's Total Domination IPA. I consumed some nice beers from Rogue, enjoyed Captured by Porches' Invasive Species IPA and was also reminded of how pleasant a beer Widmer's Hefeweizen is.
After a month of this, it's pretty hard to come back to Singha.