Thursday, May 23, 2013

Who is Alan Taylor?

There are probably a lot of Alan Taylor's out there but the one I'm referring to is a brewer who has recently joined a Portland brewery in Old Town. That brewery is none other than Pints Brewing Company, a combination coffee house and brewery. They opened just over a year ago and as many people know, they've been through a number of brewers. Former Lompoc brewer Zach Beckwith was the first and as of five weeks ago man in charge of the brew kettles became Alan Taylor.

Alan's background includes a couple of stints brewing abroad as well as time in California and at Full Sail. His brews are now starting to flow through the tap lines, including his revised version of Seismic IPA. Former incarnations of this IPA were higher in ABV but Alan is working to bring the alcohol content down into a sessionable range. As Alan settles into the position, and the lower level of the brewery that seems to have been designed with a shorter brewer in mind, Pints' small batch brews will likely continue to evolve as he puts his own mark on them.

Upon entering, Pints appears a small coffee shop, albeit with a tap list of nine house beers and a guest cider. But a short walk toward the back of the establishment reveals a cozy, larger seating area open to the upper portion of the brewery. The rest of the brewery resides below, a small space but one that still has some room for expansion. While the amount of beer being produced isn't huge, one can find Pints' brews at a few other locations around town including Laughing Planet, Hot Lips Pizza and Life of Riley.

If you're interested in meeting Alan and getting a closer look at the brewery you can do so tonight 5:00 - 8:00 pm during the Meet the Brewer event at Pints. In addition to brewery tours and give aways, there will be happy hour pricing on the beer and off menu food pairings throughout the event.

1 comment:

  1. Alan's even more of a badass than that. His interest in Germany led him to the old country where his interest in homebrewing sparked an interest in professional brewing. He studied there and his first gig was running a German brewpub. I relied HEAVILY on him for my just-completed book; he's one of the most knowledgeable brewers I know from both the technical and transcontinental perspectives.