Beer Geeks Win!

For the second time this week, I’m blogging about Portland, Oregon, where I live.

Portland was one of more than 1,100 communities to answer Google’s RFI for their experimental gigabit fiber network.

The quest for really-really-ridiculously-fast intertubes has led to its logical conclusion for Portlanders, beer. More precisely, Hopworks Urban Brewery Gigabit IPA, which I’m looking forward to sampling over the weekend.

Photo by Amber Case

Portland is the home of the microbrew, and if you’ve been to Portland, you’ll probably have noticed the many brew pubs, tiny breweries, and beer gardens all over the city. Oregon liquor laws make it easy to start your own little brewery and put out a shingle to sell it, so there’s no shortage of craft beer.

If you’re looking for a nationally distributed beer though, you might have some trouble.

Unsurprisingly, we love our beer here, but that’s not really the point.  The brewers here take their craft very seriously; they’re beer geeks.

The fact is Portland fosters geeks of all kinds.

I’ve lived a lot of places, and finally settled here, in part because of the culture of geekdom here. No need to be normal because we keep it weird.

Anyway, pardon the editorial. It’s Friday.

So, did your community apply for Google’s fiber? If so, any funny stories to share about that or craft beer?

The comments. You must find them.

Update: You can’t see all the funny parts of the label in the picture above, so here’s the detail.

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10 comments

  1. +1 for wooing Google with beer.
    +100 for making it an IPA. 6 hours is a long drive to sample, but I'm sorely tempted.

  2. Leave now, and you'll make it for Beer and Blog and the free tasting . . .

    Dunno how long they'll produce it, but maybe wait for Summer? Rain will be over by then 🙂

  3. Heheh. I'm “back East” this week, so getting to Beer and Blog in time would definitely make the tasting not free. 🙂 Wife has a conference in Portland this June, tho, so if I'm still jobless (job-free?) then, maybe I'll tag along.

  4. uhhh…beer geek alert!…dang east coast esidency…i'm dying to try an IPA named after Topeka…err Google

  5. You totally should June in Portland is beautiful. Make sure to stay over on Friday for B&B. Let me know if you decide to come, and we'll tour the city's beer gardens, blogging all the way 🙂

  6. Wish I could help you out with that. Google has a giant datacenter in The Dalles, OR, which is about 90 minutes East of Portland, and the Googlers there heard about the IPA and wanted some. Hopworks sent them some, and last night, we were trying to figure out how to take kegs to Mountain View. Maybe a road trip in the offing . . .

  7. You totally should June in Portland is beautiful. Make sure to stay over on Friday for B&B. Let me know if you decide to come, and we'll tour the city's beer gardens, blogging all the way 🙂

  8. Wish I could help you out with that. Google has a giant datacenter in The Dalles, OR, which is about 90 minutes East of Portland, and the Googlers there heard about the IPA and wanted some. Hopworks sent them some, and last night, we were trying to figure out how to take kegs to Mountain View. Maybe a road trip in the offing . . .

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