Name: Two Kilts Brewing Company
Location: Sherwood, OR
Type: Production brewery
Available in DC Market: No
What you need to know: Started in 2011 with a cobbled together 6 barrel system, Two Kilts (named for the Scottish and Irish roots of the brewery's founders) now has a custom-built 15 barrel brewhouse. Under the philosophy of "We aren’t going to worry about anything but the beer. If we take good care of it, it will take care of us," the brewery produces 12 beers, 7 of which are full-time. The brewery currently distributes throughout Oregon, but owners Chris and Alex has aspirations to push that into the rest of the Pacific northwest and beyond. Fun fact: they have a really cool taplist that shows the volume remaining of each beer. All breweries and bars should adopt this immediately.
Beer #1: Municher (German lager / 6%)
In Their Own Words: No description given on the website and nothing available via Ratebeer. We'll reach out to try to learn more.
Food Pairing: Lamb Keftah (Ground lamb seasoned with paprika, parsley, lemon and coriander. Grilled and served with a yogurt and cucumber relish.)
Our Thoughts: I'll have to find out more about the beer to give thoughts, but sight unseen, people's palates tend to get pretty shot at SAVOR. I hope they'll save room (or go early) to have what is likely a pretty nuanced beer given the style. I'm concerned the food pairing will be similarly overwhelming to the beer. While a German lager can cut through the mouthfeel of lamb and yogurt, those are powerful flavors to ask a potentially simple grain bill to face.
Beer #2: Scottish Ale (Scotch ale / 6.5%)
In Their Own Words: No description given on site or Ratebeer. Will reach out to find out more.
Food Pairing: Duck Sausage (Grilled duck sausage served with crimson cherry chutney)
Our Thoughts: I'm biased here. I don't like scotch ales as a general rule. The idea of all that malt pairing with the fat of a duck sausage and then cherry chutney (read: more sweetness) is not one that is particularly appealing to my palate. If that's your bag, more power to you, but I want some contrast there and sweet on fat on sweet isn't going to give it to me. I'll try to find out more about the Scottish. In any event though, the guys at Two Kilt sound like a good time and look like they're running a fine operation. Be sure to stop and say hi!
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