Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Grains of Wrath Brewing

Grains of Wrath Brewing is located on NE 5th Avenue in Camas, Washington.

After over a year of waiting (and several beer collaborations in the interim), Grains of Wrath finally opened in March 2018. Brewer Mike Hunsaker first came to Portland to be the brewer at the now-closed Fat Head's Portland location.

There are 26 taps, most of which will be GoW beers. Guest taps, wines, and ciders will also be there.

I went with the beer flight ($10), four 5 oz pours.

(L to R): Chocolate Stout; EGA IPA; Overkill IPA; Pandemic IPA
  • Chocolate Stout (5.1%) is wonderful. Lovely roasted coffee, with chocolate and vanilla. If I'm not drinking an IPA, this is a possible beer I'll be seen with.
  • EGA (Eagle, Globe, and Anchor; 6.8%) is basically a hybrid of a hoppy West Coast and juicy New England style. Very smooth and soft, and the melon/stone fruit tropical is the star.
  • Pandemic IPA (6.5%) is a NE-Style hazy IPA that features pineapple and guava. It's probably one of the better IPAs that I've had with guava; the fruit tends to be tart and overpowering on the ones I've previously had, but Pandemic is pretty spot on.
  • Overkill IPA (6.5%) is another tasty American IPA with tropical and dank notes. No overkill on anything in my book; this is just right.
As for food, the burger ($14) is the way to go. 8 oz blend of ground brisket and chuck on a sesame seed brioche bun. Topped with cheddar, iceberg lettuce, onion, zucchini pickles, and aioli. Since I wanted more protein gainz, I added bacon for $2 more. And yes, it comes with fries.

The burger was cooked to my liking (medium-rare). Extremely juicy and flavorful. I loved the zucchini pickles here; not aware of any other place that regularly does that. One of the best burgers I've had in a long time.

It's in downtown Camas, but the place was not packed when I went at lunchtime on a Saturday three weeks ago. Perhaps over time, more customers will drop in, but only time will tell.

Other tasty options include the Fried Chicken sandwich with their house ranch dressing ($14); Roasted Bone Marrow appetizer ($8), and the Punk Ass Wings ($9). The wings are three whole wings, and do not appear very spicy from the description.

I'm a fan of breweries that have good beer, but become even more a fan when the food is awesome. Grains of Wrath has both. If you get to SW Washington, stop over in Camas and try Grains of Wrath Brewing! 9/10

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