Drinking Horse Brewing offers good, balanced beer in Mt. Hood Territory

Jarrod Lyman | 01/17/2018 | Featured on Homepage, Food & Drink, North Clackamas


Located along the busy Highway 212/224 in Clackamas, Drinking Horse Brewing has carved out a reputation for itself by providing, good balanced beer. It's that balance that makes a quality craft according to owner/brewer Emerson Lenon. 

Drinking Horse Brewing logoThere are currently 8 offerings on tap brewed by Emerson. Each one has it's own unique approach, with a flavor profile that is based on pleasing flavors and complimentary ingredients. Even the IPA has a complexity to it that defies what many used to identify as an IPA; the trend for a while was to throw as many hops as possible in an IPA. Emerson is thankful that fad has mostly faded at the behest of beer enthusiasts who preferred to not be punched in the face with hops. His Appaloosa IPA matches the piney hops with bright citrus flavors, making it a very drinkable IPA.

My personal favorite was the What Would Jean Claude Van Damme Drink? Not just an amusing title, it's a fun take on a Belgian blonde. The name came about as they were looking for a famous blonde Belgian. There aren't a whole lot to choose from, and Jean Claude did go blonde for a role or two. Why not name a beer after the famously high-kicking action hero?

As if great beer wasn't enough, Drinking Horse also is big on the fun and games. Just inside the entryway is a ping pong table, giant Jenga setup and a dart board. Head inside and you'll find a projector that they have pointed at a massive space that broadcasts Portland Timbers games. The screen is so huge that the players are literally larger than life. Plus the brewery is dog friendly too, so your best friend can join you. 

Drinking Horse Brewery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3 - 8,. Saturdays from noon to 8 and Sundays noon to 6. They're also part of the Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail. If you download the mobile passport, you can redeem a buy-one-get-one deal for a tasting flight. You'll only need nine more stops to get your Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail stainless steel pint glass. 


Jarrod Lyman has more than 13 years tourism experience. He is currently loving his job overseeing content for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest

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