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Northwest Outdoor Store (& Growlers): Come for the Gear: Stay for the Beer

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growler2This spring, proprietor Scott Keith added taps and local wines to his seven year old outdoor recreational supply business, the Northwest Outdoor Store in Medford. It is a great pairing.

Currently, ten Oregon brews and six Southern Oregon wines rotate at a revolving-door tempo, engendered by brisk demand. A light and savory menu rounds out a perfect day’s post-hike, bike, boat or fish adventure, all presented on a sensational sequoia-slab bar. Or keep to the open air on the newly opened outdoor patio. The space is warm and welcoming, and brings together a trifecta of Pacific Northwest delights: locally-owned

Although the taps rotate as fast as a Class III rapid, to give a sample of the smartly-curated selection, on a recent trip, these regional ciders and beers were on tap:

Applegate’s Apple Outlaw Apple Cider—dry with a hint of floral sweetness; Bend’s GoodLife Sweet As Pale Ale—dry hopped & nice; a little light for a Pale at 18 IBU—and their Descender IPA—also 7%/70 IBU; not as briskly hopped, yet fresh and citrussy, with a floral yeastiness suggestive of a Belgian Ale; Portland’s Basecamp Ripstop Rye Pils—unfiltered and richly hoppy at 57 IBU; Sun River Vicious Mosquito IPA—follows the woodsy theme, and jumps ahead to 7%/70 IBU, brisk and resinous, reminiscent of grapefruit and pine; Klamath’s Backroad Vanilla Porter—a monster of color and flavor, with a smokier darker roast to the Stout and creamy sweetness to the Porter, could double as dessert. As well, six featured wines included an array from Roxy Ann, Valley View, and Grizzly Peak Wineries.

In the spirit of community, Northwest offers a series of forums, films and presentations on outdoor, environmental, resource and recreational topics of collective interest. They also lead free monthly on-water kayak demos all summer, at the Greensprings ramp, Emigrant Lake. Call or check thenorthwestoutdoorstore.com for updated schedules.


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