So on Saturday, a co-worker and I took an epic trek through the hinterlands of eastern Oregon to hike around Wallowa Lake and hit up Joseph for some beer. Three hours to drive there, kids, since we had to make a detour through farmland to get around a wreck on the highway. That’s my dedication to beer. And pine trees.
Joseph is ridiculously awesome, what with the scenic Wallowa Lake and mountains and cute downtown shops and beer ‘n such. These days, I live in the plains of Oregon with the amber waves of boring, so I really miss seeing pine trees and peaks. Joseph-ians are lucky.
Also pretty lucky to have Mutiny Brewing. They only had three brews on tap when we were there, but solid brews nonetheless. I got the Ssswheat, a light, tasty Belgian-style wit with coriander, orange peel and chamomile, and my compatriot got the dark, coffee-like Pi Porter.
Brewery food can be hit-or-miss, and I was pleasantly surprised that this little brewpub in remote Oregon offers more than the usual burgers and pizzas. I got the hummus plate, with three kinds of house-made hummus and piles of crisp vegetables, and Sam got the red curry rice bowl, which actually tasted like curry. Cool, eh?
On our way out of town, we noticed the local distillery. Now we’ll just have to go back.
Kate’s Beer Rating: 8/10