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Tonight’s tasty micro comes from a brewery which had “Portland’s first certified organic beers.” The Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is a pub I’ve yet to visit (I know, I know) but its at the top of my list of pubs to get to. I pass by it about 3 or 4 times a month and from the outside the brewery looks inviting. Just like it should, right? Anyway, I tasted their Gearhead IPA for an older post and found it to be average even for this hophead.

One of the pub’s seasonal is the Vinter Varmer (6.4 ABV, 49 IBU). Love the name. Why the different spelling? Well its site says “It’s spelled differently because it’s Vonderful.” HA. Like the seasonal warmers that I enjoy the Vinter Varmer was indeed warming and hoppy. Its aroma had a scent of citrus. It had a dark amber presentation with a full-bodied head. I could see the unfiltered floaties but most made their way to the bottom after the pour. The finish was hoppy, malty and medium to decently lasting which was delightfully pleasing to my palate. On the label is a drawing of a squirrel sippin’ on some brew. Hope PITA doesn’t trip. Cheers ;).