Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Experience The Rich History Of The Gallery Brewery In Portland

Written by  Aimee West
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Enjoy the scenic drive to Portland when you go to visit The Gallery Brewery. Located in the heart of downtown, this is an experience you don't want to miss.
When first walking inside The Gallery Brewery the space feels like it has seen a lot of history. We were told it has been everything from an antique store, music and pottery lessons, and even a live theater. While walking around you can feel that the local history of Portland has soaked into the space.

The open quality of the room makes the intimate space feel bigger and with the huge windows in the front natural light bathes everything in a soft glow. The perfect sized stage overlooks both the space inside and a view of the street. Not only will the band have a great view of the crowd with the short raised platform it also creates an intimate listening setting. Stop in on Friday and Saturday night, they have some really great live local talent playing.

We were excited to see people of all ages coming in for lunch and with specials everyday locals have found The Gallery Brewing to be a great local place to eat. While  there we ran into a few people that Paul knew. It was a lot of fun hearing them talk about how the space was really bringing in not only a lot of locals but people were traveling from Grand Rapids, Eaton Rapids, Howell, and Lansing to check out the space and taste a small town brew. We also talked about how The Gallery is bringing craft beer appreciation to this small working class town.

We talked to one of the owners, Neil, and he said that they have a variety of beer on tap. They were currently sold out of their Gothic Golden, which is their craft version of a common draft beer and very popular. We sampled a flight of all on tap and then ordered pints of both the Pumpkin Ale and the Precession Porter. The Pumpkin Ale had a wonderful flavor not too ginger or cinnamon with a lovely finish. The Precession Porter had a great color and head with a full bodied flavor. One of the owners and head brewer, Jared, plans to keep a few staple beers with seasonal beers rotating out. When I talked to his wife and owner, Hannah, she mentioned that they were working on a Holiday Stout that will be ready soon.

Along with a flight and a couple of beers we had lunch and it was delicious. I had the North Carolina style pulled pork served on ciabatta with slaw and a cup of Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup. Both had a wonderful flavor. Paul had the Beef brisket on ciabatta with the South Carolina Mustard Base and a cup of chili. He said that the sauce was perfect, not too sweet with just the right amount of spice. With a children's menu also available this is a perfect place for a family gathering.

Hannah told me that they “have had such great support from the city and can't wait to attend a few “I'm a Beer Hound festivals.” We look forward to inviting them to future I'm a Beer Hound events and to watch The Gallery Brewery grow.

Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.