Wednesday, March 30, 2011
March 30, 2011
I couldn't think of a better beer to start Triple B. Pliny is one of those beers you search and search for. If a bar gets a keg or a store gets a case, it's a pretty surefire bet that it'll be gone soon.
Belmont Station (you'll be hearing of this place a lot) is a unique beer store near where I'm staying in Southeast Portland. The store has over 1,000 different beers at any time and is connected to a biercafe with a rotating tapline. I heard through the grapevine that they had picked up a case of Pliny The Elder, and I made it in time to grab two bottles.
The story goes that Pliny The Elder discovered the hop plant way, way, way back when hops grew wild. Obviously, this is a hoppy, hoppy Imperial IPA. This beer is consistently ranked in the Top 10 beers in the country, and it's no secret why. It pours a beautiful, golden-amber color with a large, dissipating head. The scent is incredibly floral and it sits on the palate nicely. I feel like this beer tastes exactly how you'd want any IPA to taste. It is so balanced that you have to make sure you enjoy each taste. I highly recommend that you seek this one out. Don't pass up the Pliny.
Since discovering her a few months back, I keep going back to one specific performance by Esperanza Spalding.
Spalding is a native Portlander, and a rare female jazz bassist/singer. She's now best known for winning Best New Artist at the Grammy's over heavy favorite Justin Bieber. The performance I've chosen is from a special evening at the White House, where she played a solo rendition of Lauryn Hill's "Tell Him". Enjoy. Seriously, enjoy.