KOREAN BEER KID
It is a known that de Garde Brewing is one of the best wild beer breweries in the United States, and living in Oregon, I had the opportunity to visit the brewery several times, including last year's anniversary party. This year, instead of having a ticketed anniversary party, dG has decided to have the anniversary week, where the fans can come in on any one of the open days and can enjoy various bottles that dG offers. I have of course decided to visit dG with my good friend @austinlikesbeer to not only congratulate them but enjoy some of the finest offerings.
I arrived about an hour before the opening on Friday, and I was greeted by some familiar faces standing in line in front of the door. Having never visited their new location, I was excited to see how different it is from my previous experiences. I was just happy that I had service because I could have never posted anything on Instagram in their previous location. Located in downtown Tillamook, this location is closer to other restaurants as well as grocery stores, compared to their previous location, which was only close to the Tillamook Air Museum...
Walking in, I was greeted by a bigger bar surface. Compared to the previous location, the fridges where they store different bottles were now viewable to the public, and looked more organized. The tap list was fantastic as well, ranging from their unblended, which is one of my favorites, as well as the Truffle, which is the beer aged on Oregon white truffles and has a very distinct funk. I also know there are lots of dG stone fruit fans out there like me too, and they have blessed us with The Little Peach, which tastes like funky peach juice to me. Hallelujah!
With their impressive tap list, I was eager to look at the bottle list as well. Because I was not in one of the first groups that walked in, I missed out opportunities on some of the most wanted bottles such as the Elements of Composition, collaboration beer with Jester King Brewing and Sante Adairius Rustic Ale, or one of my favorites, Broken Truck No. 2, but since my friend Austin is a huge fan of their raspberry beers, I decided to get a bottle of Special Noir to share between us. It was a great choice, this beer was filled with raspberry mixed with the noticeable Tillamook funk (which reminds me of cheese a lot actually).
I also brought some bottles to congratulate them and celebrate their anniversary weekend. I thought since every time I go meet Tommie from Tommie Sjef Wild Ales, I bring a bottle of dG, so I thought it is only fitting to bring a bottle of Poos from Tommie. I also had the opportunity to share a bottle of Composition #1 from Amalgam Brewing in Denver, CO, to funk up the party a bit more. Needless to say, it was a blast. But the true reason why I like visiting their brewery is not because of their world class wild beer, but because of the people! They are so knowledgeable and passionate about beer!
From the owner/head brewer, Trevor, and his wife Lindsey, to the amazing Matt at the bar, dG has some of the most knowledgeable and hardworking people in the industry. Watching the line keep growing for more than two hours after the opening, even I was intimidated by the number of people that were flowing in to congratulate them. The bartenders were super busy but they were still so grateful for our visit as well as our blessing. I love sitting by the bar, and I grabbed the only two seats by the bar, and had such a blast talking with the people. I cannot wait to visit them soon again and share some more beer with them.
How to get to de Garde Brewing
Honestly, the best and one of the only ways of getting to de Garde brewing is by driving.
- Located about an hour and a half from Portland, and about two hours and a half from Eugene, Tillamook is hard to access by any other forms of transportations.
- I believe there are some bus services from Portland/Salem to Tillamook, but I have not done so, and personally would recommend driving.