Tasting Rogue

26 07 2010

A great little starter.

American Amber.

An only OK pizza.

Well it didn’t take long after I mentioned Rogue in my Bridgeport post to actually get there and taste their brews.  Instead of going to their Public House in Portland, I found myself in the birthplace of Rogue – Newport, Oregon.

It’s an unassuming place, truly living up to the name of “Public House”.  Nothing fancy about it, quite the opposite of Deschutes and Bridgeport.  Most importantly they started things off in a wonderful way – when the server approached the table, the 1st words out of his mouth were not with a “Hello”, or “Can I get you a beer”, but “Here’s our Chatoe Rogue OREgasmic Ale” and sets down the 4oz sampler you see to the left.  See, now that right there is monumental customer service, if everyone was given a beer 1st thing when sitting down in a restaurant, the world would be a better place.  And BTW, that was a good little beer.
But to start off the real tasting I had the Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red.  A very good red, refreshing, full of flavor, but smooth with no bitterness.  Then I ordered their American Amber Ale, which is what you’d think, a lighter beer but still with a lot of flavor, not always easy to pack flavor into an amber.   They have an impressive number of beers on tap (about 35), I can’t wait to try more.
For food I ordered a veggie pizza.  The ingredients were fresh and the sauce was good, but it was overcooked, and therefore rather dry and uninspiring.  You can see the overcookedness in the picture to the left.  Hopefully that wasn’t the way it was supposed to be and it was just a one-off mistake.  The only way to know for sure is to go back again!  And I will do that, but the next time I will shorten my drive and visit the Public House downtown.