Oakshire began in Eugene (Oregon) in 2006, opening its first Public House taproom there in 2013. The Portland spot on NE 42nd opened earlier this year, taking over the spot vacated by the Old Salt Marketplace.
There are a good 20 taps at the Portland spot, all Oakshire's brews. There are more options in cans, which you can also enjoy at the brewery.
Just like at many breweries, you can order a flight of tasters to get a fuller experience. I stuck with only IPAs and got four 5 oz pours. Prices will generally range from $8 to $12, depending on the beers you get.
- Hazy IPA is 6.5% and 50 IBU, with a cloudy light orange appearance. Pleasing tropical mango stone fruit and berry with complementing wheat/oat malt.
- Impossible Shapes is a 10% hazy Triple IPA collaboration with Ruse Brewing. Again a cloudy creamy light orange look. The most complex brewing of any beer I got, starting with a dry-hop of Mosaic, Galaxy, and Idaho Gem, then double-dry hopped with Mosaic. Of course, it was more malt-forward with some octane, but it worked well with all the tropical.
- Turtle in the Clouds is a 7.4% hazy IPA collaboration with Sunriver Brewing. Brewed with Mosaic, El Dorado, and Denali hops. My favorite of the four, as that mix of resinous and tropical stone fruit (mango, peach) and melon worked harmoniously.
- Watershed IPA is a 6.7%, 70 IBU IPA that is more West Coast style than the other three. A clear golden appearance, it has a clean balanced hoppy-citrus combination where one trait doesn't overpower the other. Very solid, and I would totally get this again.
|(L to R): Hazy IPA; Impossible Shapes;|
Turtle in the Clouds; Watershed IPA
While here, be sure to get some food from Biba CHamoru Kitchen, the same owners who ran the former PDX 671 food cart. A short blog post on Biba will be up in a few days.
A great first experience at Oakshire's newest brick-and-mortar spot! 8.5/10
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