There are two breweries in Portland that I have told myself I will not post about on my blog. One of them shall never be named - a brewery that makes the words of my first grade teacher echo in my mind, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. So, I’m skipping that one. The second is the only brewery in Portland for which I hold a high biased opinion. It is Lompoc Brewery, and I work there.
But, in the wake of the Great American Beer Festival this past weekend, the topic of Lompoc cannot be ignored. During the same week as the closure of their Northwest location, their gold medal arrives like a phoenix through the ashes, and she’s stronger than ever.
Lompoc has been a staple of the Portland beer scene for over a decade - one of the oldest in the city limits. With a comfortable, neighborly vibe, it boasts a strong lineup of regulars and newcomers alike.
With a team of longtime Lompoc brewers, the flagship beers remain consistent and the experimental beers are unique and powerful in flavor. This past weekend, their Lomporter joined their Proletariat Red as an award winner of the GABF with a gold medal for Robust Porter. This smooth chocolatey porter is bringing home one of only two 2018 Portland Gold Medals.
Both neighborhoods blessed with Lompoc locations are hip, quickly expanding areas, with dozens of housing projects and sharp, bright apartment buildings. With all that is sparkly new, Lompoc offers a familiarity of Old Portland, a comfortable reminder of where Portland craft beer began.
Despite their recent closure of one location, the beer at Lompoc is too damn good for the disappearance of any more locations, and as the gold medal phoenix rises, Lompoc is only just getting started.
Take-Away Word: Neighborly
Beer: 5/5, obviously