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SAVOR 2012 Brewery Profile: Laurelwood Brewing Company (@laurelwood1)

This husband and wife team seemed to relish in their slow and methodical growth that’s allowed them to focus on brewing in an environmentally sound way. In fact, Laurelwood was Portland’s Original Certified Organic Brewery. This continues to be their focus today.

Prior to last year’s SAVOR, we hadn’t heard of Laurelwood Brewing Company, and they’re still not a household name here on the east coast,  but they are certainly familiar to those in the greater Portland area.  Laurelwood has been perfecting their craft in Portland, Oregon since 2001 and, like many brewpub operations, have experienced many changes along the way. Their original brewhouse was just a small seven barrel system in northeast Portland. They now have multiple locations and even a small two barrel nano system that they use for research and development. This is a great setup that I’m sure most brewers would love to have available. This husband and wife team seemed to relish in their slow and methodical growth, which has allowed them to focus on brewing in an environmentally sound way. In fact, Laurelwood was Portland’s Original Certified Organic Brewery. This continues to be their focus today.

Type: Brewpub/Production

Location: Portland, Oregon

Available in DC Market: No

Beer #1: Orchid (N/A  – N/A%)

Beer Advocate: N/A

Rate Beer: N/A

Notes: There’s no info on this on the Laurelwood site, Google, Ratebeer, or BeerAdvocate. Your guess is as good as ours.

Beer #2: Organic Free Range Red (American Amber – 6.1 % ABV)

Beer Advocate: N/A

Rate Beer: N/A

Notes: A good representation of the style. Pours a nice dark red and finishes with bread-like notes. Not a ton of reviews out there on this one so it appears we are getting a fairly limited beer, even for those in Laurelwood’s distribution area.

What you need to know: Laurelwood Brewing Company is great example of why the lottery system approach to selecting breweries works so well. I think it’s safe to say a significant number of attendees would not have ever heard of these guys if not for their SAVOR appearance.

This profile is a part of the DCBEER.COM SAVOR Brewery Profile series. For more information, follow the link to see profiles of all 2012 SAVOR participants.

Beer Review Disclaimer: The beer reviews found on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer do not represent the opinions of this site. We provide these in the hope that they will serve as a resource showing what some craft beer fans have thought of the beers. These reviews can be a helpful guideline, but are not the be-all end-all about a beer’s strengths or weaknesses.

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