The term "pub crawl" has a tendency to conjure images of packs of young inebriates traveling from spot to spot drinking cheap "domestics" and shots of jagermeister. Fortunately, the crowd of 40 or so beer bloggers who gathered Thursday evening to unofficially kick off the 2011 Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland has far more respect for craft beer. And good beer was had by all, along with some pretty cool perks.
2BeerGuys (yeah, that sounds like three people to me, too) and Bryan of Seacoast Beverage Lab, all doing very well representing the northeast U.S.
Voodoo Doughnuts late at night. I can't say enough about the Maple Bar with two strips of bacon on top, thought the captain crunch encrusted glazed doughnut looked well worth a try.
Our final stop was Burnside Brewing Co. which looks like it inhabits a former retail paint store. Nevertheless, the beer is excellent and the food is darn good, too. I highly recommend the Oatmeal Pale Ale, the first pale ale I've tried that was brewed with oatmeal. The Sweet Heat was a big hit around the table as well.