This past weekend my wife, friend Missy and I all jumped in the car and drove over to Lincoln City, OR. We were going to surprise a friend for her birthday and figured while in town we better stop for a few pints. Once we arrived I knew we had to visit one of my favorite spots to get a beer and some food in Lincoln City, McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub. The things I enjoy the most about McMena
min’s are the variety of beer, and their fresh food menu. It’s nice to get to a brewpub and have more options than a cheeseburger, or pretzels.
For food I went with the Steamer Clams which is described as “Edgefield Pinot Gris, butter, garlic & fresh parsley with sourdough” from the menu you at McMenamins. I usually take a photo to show how amazing the food looked, but once it arrived I couldn’t wait to dig in. The sourdough served with it seemed freshly made; it was warm and fluffy and made the dish really worth it. This isn’t my first time at McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub, however it was the best experience we’ve had with food and service at this location. I sampled some other dishes from around the table and can say all the food was fantastic, especially a crab fondue they had on special.
Now for the beer, the good stuff we should call it. I had to order a sampler tray even though I’ve tried most of their beers; a sampler tray is a great way to taste everything with being able to walk out of the brewery. The Brewery Taster was $8.00 and came with six different beers. We tried the Hammerhead, Ruby, Terminator, IPA, Sleepy Hallow and the Jam Session. Overall, I’d say the Hammerhead, and Jam Session were my two favorite beers.
Jam Session ISA-(ABV 4.77% / IBU 49) The Jam Session has got to be one of my favorite ISA’s overall. This limited release ISA is available April 8 through May 2016 and is worth the limited release. One of the best parts of an ISA is you get the IBU volume while running a lower ABV so you can enjoy more than one. The menu hits it on the head with their description “A majority of the hops are added in late additions, which provides full flavors and aromas without the bittering astringency.”
Hammerhead- (ABV 6.0% / IBU 44) The Hammerhead Northwest Pale Ale is a rich beer with the strong flavor from the Cascade Hops. While I this has to be one of my favorite beers from McMenamins due to the solid pale ale flavor that you truly receive in to the Pacific Northwest. I personally thought it had a little more IBU’s than 44, but overall you can’t beat a smooth Pale Ale.
Sleep Hallow Nut Brown (ABV 5.03% / IBU 12) is a delicious Brown-Ale. I’m not usually a Brown-Ale drinker but I enjoyed the medium body brew overall. It’s made with Chinook Hops for bittering and Us Golding for the flavor and aroma.
Terminator Stout- (ABV 6.45% / IBU 30) The description for McMenamin’s menu really hits the end on the beer. I’m a huge fan of the Terminator stout and the chocolate, coffee flavors in each sip. The hops used in the Terminator are Chinook and Cascade. The description from McMenamins reads, “Black as the darkest night and as rich as the most decadent dessert, Terminator is for the true Stout lover. This is a full bodied and flavor packed ale which draws it’s robust complexity from kiln-baked specialty grains. Look for a wide array of toasted, chocolate, nutty and coffee-like flavors in every pint! The devoted swear by it, and it remains one of our top selling ales, year after year.”
Ruby- (ABV 4.39%) The Ruby has to be one of the staples for McMenamins. Everytime I visit I have friends who ask if I’ll grab a few bottles for them, or a growler fill before I leave. While I personally think just a pint is good for me, some people like to drink multiple in a sitting. It’s a nice pink color from the raspberry puree to the light raspberry flavor in the beer.
Overall, I’d recommend stopping at the Lighthouse Brewpub for a quick bite to eat, some oyster shooters or just to sample some delicious suds. I know I plan on returning in the future, and I hope the service I received this visit will be the same quality as the next. Have you been to McMenamins? Add a comment below with your favorite beer or favorite experience from the brewery.