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Pale Horse Brewery

Thursday, June 18th, 2009


Hmmm where do I start with Pale Horse?

Maybe I should start with the fact that it’s only miles from my house. Really, who knew it was this close? I went from kinda excited to major excited when I found out. Sadly Pale horse doesn’t keep their beers on tap though. So it’s not as exciting as it would be if Seven Brides was only miles from my house. I did get to try a pale ale though straight from the fermentor…. More on that in a sec though.

Pale Horse is brewed by Dennis. I didn’t get a last name though. Was just told his name was Dennis. Dennis is not only the brewer of Pale Horse, but also the only brewer in the group. He runs it along with his nephew (the seller) and I think his brother, but I could be wrong. Dennis is a homebrewer of something like seven years and has been operating commercially since January of this year. As CapitolTaps said (and I later learned first hand) his style leans towards less hoppy and less bitter beers. This is both a blessing and a bad thing (curse is an ugly term). Their Hillbilly Blonde is amazing. Their IPA…. Not bad.


Pale Horse runs their business by providing the general public, not beer snobs, with what they like. Many breweries in Oregon have pale ales as their flagship and breakout beers. For Pale Horse it’s a blond in an unassuming bottle. Overnight it seems Pale Horse is on tap in almost every bar, and from what I was told will be in Bi-Mart as well as Roth’s IGA where it seems to be doing well. Dennis’ nephew is the one responsible for this amazing event. His job is to travel around to bars raising the profile of their beer. So far they’re in many taverns and bars around Salem. With the job he’s doing their current brewing capacity won’t be able to keep up.

As to this no tours nonsense. Perhaps it was the time when many people asked, perhaps not. When I first called I got the we don’t do tours line also. After informing them that I had a blog and wanted to educate people on their business they were much more open to letting me come… alone. When you show up though you kinda get why they don’t do tours. There really isn’t alot of room. I think if you told them you were a brewer and were curious to see there operation they might be more open.


Apparently though the person I talked to on the phone didn’t remember me calling as when I showed up they didn’t seem to excited. Again I played the blog angle. Dennis came out of the office and we had a chat next to the grains. After talking for a bit Dennis offered me a taste of the pale ale he’s trying out. I’m really torn on this one. I was told that the pressure was being put on for the pale ale by a Drifter fan…. Anyway, I loved the malt flavor of this beer. My only issue was that there was a strong distinct bitter taste, but no real hop flavors. This pale ale has great potential if he can increase the hop juice without increasing the bitterness.

Over all the people at pale horse are great guys. Dennis is especially friendly. They remind me of the group of guys my dad and I go fishing with. They do their research for what sells in Salem, and they are eager. I hope they stay in Salem for a time yet. Look for them at the Summer Solstice Festival, the Oregon State Fair, and The Bite in Salem. Also they will have their pale ale out for sure soon and hope to have 5 beers by this time next year. Sorry bout the porter though for those who were excited. After researching they’ve decided a porter isn’t where they want to go quite yet.

Pale Horse Or Bust

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

pale_horse_logoToday I am going to try to make it to Pale Horse brewery. I’ve honestly been trying all week, but my schedule has been so overloaded that I just haven’t had the time. Here’s the problem though. Within the next 5 min I have to go get my final sizing and pick up my tux for my friends wedding,I also have to pick my bike up from the shop, and to top it all off today is the wedding rehearsal. That makes today a packed day too. My goal is to squeeze in the visit between my final sizing and picking up my bike. We’ll see if I can make it though. If I can make it I’ll get the write up done tonight after rehearsal and post it in the morning. If not… Well then I’ll just toss up some picks from the brew day for the pale ale.

Speaking of pail ale. This beer doesn’t seem to like staying in containers. I had multiple boilovers while cooking the wort, and now I’ve had to rig a blow off tube to my 6 gal carboy. I use a 6 gal one so that there is enough head space that I shouldn’t need a blow off tube. Also on the fermentation front my mead is about to get tossed. I have done everything I’ve been told with that thing and still the hydrometer hasn’t budged. I’ve pitched yeast twice, both times with nutrients and energizer. I stir like I’m supposed to, and oxygenate like I’m supposed to. When I stir it CO2 comes rushing out of the top of the carboy. Yet that hydrometer sits there taunting me while my mead grows darker every day. Anyone have any advice?

To Do List

Sunday, June 14th, 2009


Today marks the end of my work week and tomorrow is the start of the weekend. The fact that I neither work tomorrow nor Tuesday means that I get to spend it doing catch up for the blog and my beer stuff. So here’s my beer to do list. Since your all so interested right? 🙂

Get a Deschutes Brewery Add On Here

I’ve talked to a couple breweries, and may talk to some more people, about putting some adds on this blog. The catch is this wont in any way pay the bills for this blog (although the hope is for this blog to pay for itself and eventually make a profit). Instead what they’re going to do is give me stuff to give to you guys in exchange for the add. Deschutes was the first to pony up. This brings me to my next item.

How do I give away a bunch of posters?

Deschutes came through with some framable quality promo posters for their beers and some stickers. When they first said they’d send me some posters to give away I was disappointed. I was really hoping to give you guys something like pint glasses or t-shirts. Truth is these posters are awesome and both myself and my family want some. Anyone with a bar at home needs one of these for their wall. The beers include Twilight, Black Butte, Mirror Pond, Jubelale 2008, and others. However tempting it may be to keep some of these I am giving them away though, so if you have good ideas for how to do this let me know in the comments.

Bottle my Uncle Fuggles Kinda Rye Ale

This is the longest name I’ve had for a beer, but it looks to be worth it. It’s spent the last to weeks sitting on lightly toasted oak chips and almost 2 ounces of Fuggles. I’ve been looking forward to this beer alot.

Get My Bike In For Repairs

My bike is falling apart. It’s been due for some maintenance and part replacement for a bit now but with the constant need to ride back and forth to Mt Angel that I had I could never find time to take in. Because of this the bike has been a single speed for two weeks thanks to a broken derailleur cable, the rear brakes are shot, and the rear tire gets more out of true daily. This doesn’t sound beer related, but I need my bike to get up to Silverton to see the guys at Seven Brides again. So there you have it, my bike getting fixed does have to do with beer.

Visit Pale Horse Brewery

This is Salem’s newest brewer in a long time and I haven’t even done my research on it. CapitolTapsfirst alerted me to their existence and I have now finaly tried both beers they offer. I’m hoping talking with the brewers will shed some light on this operation and its future here in town. Oh here we go, another beer related reason to get my bike fixed.