Bent Shovel Brewing
Sometimes you feel like leaving the city behind, in favor of exploring the country-side, in search of a fresh, lesser known Oregon craft beer. That was us last Saturday, so we decided to check out Bent Shovel Brewing, on the outskirts of Oregon City.
It’s a nice drive, not too far out but far enough to leave the city behind. The drive there is filled with winding roads, and scenic countryside near the Clackamas River, where this brewery is making some delicious 5 barrel and 10 barrel batches.
The tasting room is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6, but they'll be expanding their hours until 8:00 pm this summer.
Bent Shovel isn't currently bottling or canning their brew, but they can be found on draft around town at various tap houses, restaurants and growler filling stations.-Green Dragon, and The Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop are two that come to mind.
On my visit I got to try out their new Sonova Beach IPA described as “old and assertive aromas of pine, citrus and a touch of dankness meet clean American malt in this limited release.” With a respectable 7.5% ABV it had me hook, line and sinker.
Bent Shovel brewing has 8 house-made beers on tap, with a guest cider offering. Owner and brewmaster Rick Strauss was pouring beers and happily answering questions in the packed tap house.
The inside seating area is small, but there's plenty of standing room and nice picnic tables outside, for those less rainy days when you can sip and enjoy the country-side.
I started out with a flight sampler and each beer was really delicious. My favorite was the Sonova Beach IPA, I decided to get a pint and a growler fill to take home.If you find yourself in the Portland area, take a mini road trip out to Bent Shovel! A few notes for your visit below.
Pints are $5,
64 oz growler fills are $15
32oz growler fills are $8
Current Beer Offerings (as of March 20, 2016):
Sonova Beach IPA - *New Release*
Bold and assertive aromas of pine, citrus and a touch of dankness meet clean American malt in this limited release IPA. 7.5% ABV 70 IBU
Clashing Plaids Irish Red - *New Release*
Irish malts, flaked barley and Irish ale yeast meet in this delicious Irish Red beauty. Clashing Plaids has a rich malty flavor, medium body with a clean, crisp finish making it very easy to enjoy!! 6.4% ABV 22IBU
One Wagon Pilsner * New Release*
Our take on a classic German Pilsner. Named for the rope operated ferry across the Clackamas River. Ultra pale straw in color, this crisp and light lager is smooth with aromas of German hops and malt with just a touch of bitterness to balance the maltiness. 4.7% 30 IBU
Springer Pale Dry-hopped Pale Ale
Springer Dry-hopped Pale Ale: This Pale ale is a smooth, easy drinking beer featuring an extra dose hops into the finished beer. Nice citrusy aroma with hints of tropical fruit without the bitterness of an IPA. 6.0% ABV 45 IBU
Schwarzbier (Black 100% German Pilsner, Munich, and Carafa malts combine together in this wonderful black lager. Built on a base of crisp Pilsner malt, the additions of Munich and Carafa add a rich breadiness and a slight chocolate and roast notes. Schwarzbier is a delightful malt focused classic.
5.5% ABV 24 IBU
Crisp, refreshing, citrusy and delicious describe this IPA. American 2-row and Pilsner malts provide a clean malt base that showcases the bold citrus aroma and flavors of Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops. To that we added sweet orange peels late in the boil for a little extra citrus snap. CiPinON IPA drinks light and dry so it's easy to enjoy.
5.8% ABV 60 IB
Leafwalker Red Ale
As autumn leaves fall, enjoy our seasonal ale that reflects the colors of the season. Rich maltiness, deep amber colors and the aroma of orange peel and honeysuckle. The perfect beer to enjoy with the turning of the season.
7.5% ABV 60 IBU
Black Spade Stout
Our American Stout is rich, flavorful, and very smooth. The aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee meet spicy nugget hops then come together in this smooth medium bodied stout.
7.5% ABV 60 IBU
Our take on a classic Pilsner lager. Golden in color, this crisp and light lager is smooth with aromas of honey and malt with just a touch hops to balance the maltiness.
5.5% ABV 35 IBU
A pale ale with just a touch of sweet caramel malt added, then balanced with cascade hops from the Willamette Valley for a hint of citrus aroma. Crisp and refreshing this beer is a real crowd pleaser.
5.2% ABV 30 IBU
Bent Shovel IPA
Our debut IPA is bold, aromatic, and full of flavor. The rich yet clean malty backbone is balance by flavors and aroma of 7 bold northwest hop varieties. Balanced bitterness with aromas of sweet malt, pine and citrus with floral notes.
7.5% ABV 80 IBU