Wild Ride Brewing Company - Hidden Trail
- ABV: 5.4%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 35
- Serving Temperature: 42-47º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Mosaic, El Dorado
- Hops: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Oats, Acidulated
Hidden Trail represents a bit of a cross between an American Pale Ale and a New England-style IPA, offering plenty of haze amidst its golden hue as it sits in one's glass under a nice crop of rocky foam. In the aroma, Mosaic and El Dorado hops combine for a hugely fruity impression boasting notes of stone fruits, pear, hints of berry, and tropical fruits reminiscent of mango and pineapple. That fruity hop theme carries over on the palate with juicy tropical, citrus, and stone fruit impressions taking center stage atop a sturdy and clean pale malt backbone. Hop bitterness is moderate for the style, and the ABV is lower than an IPA, making for a very easy drinking and rather sessionable brew that's still packed with flavor. For pairing options, we're thinking Hawaiian pizza or Thai pork with chilies and Thai basil. Cheers!
Situated in Deschutes County, in Oregon's high desert on the eastern side of the Cascades, sits the small city of Redmond. Just 15 miles north of Bend, Redmond is pretty much smack dab right in the center of Oregon, a state well-known for its exceptional beer. For a group of Redmond natives who were lifelong friends and craft beer lovers, the idea of opening a brewery and tap room downtown turned from a dream into a reality when the first beers of Wild Ride started flowing in May of 2014.
Planning for the brewery began in late 2011. Joining the Redmond natives was Paul Bergeman who brought his 13 years of brewing experience to the team to serve as brewmaster (or Beer Maestro, as they like to say). Paul's brewing experience includes time at Portland's Laurelwood Brewing Co., as well as serving in the position of Brewing Manager at Hawaii's famous Kona Brewing Co. With the right people in place, the next step was finding the right location. In 2013, the team found an old lumber warehouse in downtown Redmond that would be perfect for a brewery, although a ton of work had to be done first. Full utilities were added, including running water and waste water pretreatment. A brand new 20-barrel brewing system was installed, giving them today a total production of just over 9000 barrels per year. Their on-site Tap Room is family friendly and served by multiple local food trucks, so visitors can enjoy good grub along with some awesome local beer. We're very much looking forward to seeing how this Wild Ride evolves over the next few years. In their short existence, they've already garnered a slew of medals and awards from numerous competitions including the North American Beer Awards, US Open Beer Championship, Oregon Beer Awards, Best of Craft Beer Awards, and more. For more info, call 541-516-8544 or visit www.wildridebrew.com.
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